A premium aged blend of two single rums from distilleries in Cuba and Panama has been added to the range from Elements Eight.
The new expression, Elements Eight Republica, is produced from 100% traditional column stills, debunking the myth that only “quality” rums can be made by blending pot and column distillations.
It is non-chill filtered and aged for at least five years in ex-bourbon casks, bottled with ABV of 40%. The rum has a naturally sweet character which attests to the harmonious balance of two single rums from two historically important rum-making Caribbean republics.
Republica’s signature cocktail is an Old Cuban which is made by shaking the rum with lime juice, sugar syrup, Angostura Bitters and muddled mint leaves and strained into a coupe, topped with sparkling wine.
The launch of Republica sees the Elements Eight range swell to four alongside Elements Eight Vendôme Limited Edition, Elements Eight Platinum and Elements Eight Exotic Spices.
Carl Stephenson, founder of Elements Eight Rums and creator of Republica, said: “Elements Eight is a framework, a step-by-step process to apply a handcrafted, balanced approach to creating rums with artisan producers.
“I hold product integrity dear and consult heavily on the liquid with distilleries, bartenders and rum writers. Cuba and Panama have always fascinated me and I feel Republica respects the spiritual home of rum, with its rich, romantic and unorthodox roots.”
Elements Eight was originally launched over 10 years ago as a bartender’s brand. It is distributed in the UK by Mangrove.
Nick Gillett, managing director at Mangrove, said: “With their focus on producing unadulterated, great-tasting liquid, Elements Eight has always represented the Mangrove ethos in its purest form. Republica follows suit: a fantastic-tasting, interesting rum which will appeal to the creative drinks professional and connoisseur alike.”