Husk founder, Paul Messenger, introduces his new Husk Botanic – a fresh cane spirit, designed to be mixed with tonic water to woo the discerning gin drinker and demonstrate the versatility of rum.
‘This is a new direction in Australian rum, a botanical cane spirit distilled with tangy grapefruit, fresh lemon myrtle and native strawberry gumleaf grown in and around the Caldera Coast, from Lennox to Burleigh; our backyard.’
Husk Distillers, who are the makers of the fabulous, and now famous, Ink Gin, are pioneers in the craft rum movement. Since 2012, they’ve been making Cultivated Australian Rum, or rhum agricole for those with a French connection, from freshly crushed cane juice on the family farm in Tumbulgum.
Head Distiller, Quentin Brival, says that cane spirit (unaged rum) is a new concept in Australia. ‘Here rum is traditionally made from molasses – back home in Martinique we predominately drink unaged over aged rum, in Ti Punch.’
In a nation of gin lovers with no cultural ties to white rum, Ti Punch can be challenging because it’s a short drink with a high alcohol content. So Husk Distillers created Botanic to appeal to the Australian gin drinker.
‘I have been observing a growing trend in Europe for botanical rums, and it’s a concept we’ve been developing for many years,’ said Brival. ‘As distillers of both gin and rum, botanical rum made perfect sense to show off the diversity of the rum category.’
With their paddock-to-bottle philosophy, there are no shortcuts to producing a premium tipple. ‘Each glass of B&T (Botanic and tonic), is the result of countless hours of cultivating our land and planting our cane, a 12-month growing season, four days of harvesting, crushing and fermenting, more than 50 hours preparing botanicals, five days of distillation, months of resting and blending, and days of bottling.’
Brival also says that there are 89 micro distillations taking place to finalise the botanical blend recipe.
Stay tuned for more release news from Husk Distillers in 2021 as they enter their ninth year patiently crafting their new expression – Cultivated Australian Rum.
Husk Botanic is definitely emerging as the new taste of Australian rum.
For further information visit www.huskdistillers.com.