About Lawley's New England Small Batch Dark Rum
Rhonda Kallman had a quarter of a century of experience in craft beer brewing when she went looking for a fresh challenge. Missing the thrill of the early days of craft beer, she set her sights on the craft distilling industry, founding the Boston Harbor Distillery. "Ironically, the process for whiskey starts off as beer, so I’ve now come full circle. I’m excited about the future for craft distilled spirits and we are making some of the best in the business," says Kallman.
Situated at The Port on Boston Harbor, the distillery operates from a former mill building, which was built in 1859. After hiring Dr. James Swan, a renowned whiskey-making expert, and convincing the award-winning distiller John Couchot to move to Boston and join their ranks, the operation was ready to go. Today the distillery houses hundreds of barrels of whiskeys of all sorts, as well as rum, liqueurs, and other spirits. Their range includes Putnam Whiskey, Lawley's Small Batch Rum, Spirit of Boston (expressions, distilled from various different Samuel Adams beers), and Boston Harbor Cream and Coffee Liqueurs.
George Lawley & Sons Shipyard used to build yachts and WWII mine sweepers at the exact same spot where the distillery stands today. Taking inspiration from the rich local history, Lawley's Small Batch Rum comes in two distinct expressions ― a light and a dark rum. This expression is a New England style dark rum that is made with 100% molasses and Quabbin Reservoir water. Distilled using a Vendome copper-pot still, wooden staves are added to the spirit for its 8 months of maturation. This imparts caramel, vanilla, and spice notes to the smooth rum.
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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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