Flight of the Griffin Cask Strength Rum – #63

Distiller's Drawer #63
Flight of the Griffin Cask Strength Rum

Selected By and For The Ledger, Salem MA

Barrel: P330
Age: Minimum 2 Years 10 Months
Matured In: New American Oak
Bottles Produced: 218
Proof: 110.8

Recipe: “Yankee” A fermentation of Real Boiled Brown Sugar and 100% Grade A Molasses producing a silky textured spirit. A perfume of singed grapefruit, charred pineapple, and savory leathery and earthy aromas. Dried cherry, peach flesh, and brioche notes on the dry palate. A blend of yeasts were selected to ferment alongside to ferment alongside the natural yeast of the distillery, and yeast present in the molasses, to coax out a blend of complex flavors.

Distillation: "Fine" - First distilled through an American pot still and finished in a German column still, this distillation gives detailed aromas, a tight and linear structure, a pliant texture, and a long perfumed finish.

Barreled: Spring/Summer 2016 - A very dry spring lead to increased proof in casks which in turn caused heavy oak extraction and a structured firm texture on the palate. The spirit was a bit unyielding, but certainly too on a robust flavor. Moving into summer, humidity remained comparatively modest through the season which gave us some of our boldest and most oak etched rums. The very high summer temperatures meant rums in cask at this time still enjoyed an excellent first draw of oak flavor and quick, even evaporation of the more aggressive alcohols and water, giving a supple, rich palate.

Harvested: Spring 2019 - A very wet, late spring meant a nice rise in humidity causing a softening to the “edginess” rum can show right out of the winter season. Most proofs for spring bottling were 107-110, making them a bit more supple and soft. Barrel P330 held onto its proof. With the addition of the maritime climate influence, this barrel is spectacular.