About Far North Spirits Alander Spiced Rum
Far North Spirits Alander Spiced Rum, which takes its name from an idyllic chain of islands located in the northern Baltic, is made from a blend of Louisiana Turbinado and Florida Demerara sugar cane. All spices, including Madagascar and Tahitian vanilla beans, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and cloves, as well as espresso roasted by PEACE COFFEE in Minneapolis, are purchased whole before being infused into the rum. This natural process leads to a deliciously smooth rum with bold aromas of all spice, nutmeg, clove, and ginger snap cookies, melting into vanilla on the palate. The finish is long and full, with a just a hint of espresso, sweet caramel and banana bread.
Far North Spirits is located on Swanson Farms, a working family farm set on 1,500 acres of Red River Valley jet-black soil in the northwest corner of Minnesota. Great Grandpa Gustav arrived in Minnesota back in 1917, and the land has been farmed by Swansons ever since — by his son Albert and Albert's son Charles. Now Michael, the fourth generation farmer in the family, plans to make Far North Spirits a large part of the farm's next 100 years. "Farming and distilling," Michael says, "are a marriage made in Minnesota. With its incredibly rich soil and farmer's pride in quality grains, Minnesota is certain to become a craft spirits destination."
Completed in 2013, the distillery's 8,850 square foot facility boasts two copper-pot stills, one 500-gallon and one 50-gallon, custom-made by Vendome Copper and Brass Works in Louisville, Kentucky. For Far North Spirits, crafting its spirits begins with hand-selecting seed varieties that will produce the finest spirits — from there, all of the farming, harvesting, milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling, and aging is done entirely on-site.
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Rum history allegedly started in the Carribiens in the 17th century when they started to ferment and distill molasses, a byproduct of sugar production. Most of the Rum is aged in oak or ex-wine casks, giving its color and flavor.
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