An award-winning range of rums, inspired by Prohibition-era bootlegger Bill McCoy, has been introduced to the UK.
All three expressions of The Real McCoy rum – a three-year-old, five-year-old and 12-year-old – have been launched through UK drinks company Distillnation.
Available throughout the US, the brand was founded by Bailey Pryor, a film-maker who decided to create the new spirit while working on a movie about the Prohibition rum runner.
Bill McCoy was the first person to fill a boat full of rum in the Caribbean and sail it to New York after Prohibition was introduced in the US in 1920. He kept it three miles offshore as a floating liquor store within sight of Manhattan.
Bailey produced and directed a documentary about the bootlegger which has been broadcast on PBS in the US and is due to be shown on British television later this year.
Since its launch in 2013, the rum has won over 20 awards from Rum XP in Miami to the San Francisco Worlds Spirits Competition. It was developed by Bailey in collaboration with Richard Seale of Foursquare Distillery in Barbados.
Suitable for sipping, the three-year-old is smooth, with subtle spice and wood notes and bright floral overtones plus a hint of toasted caramel, with a long warm finish.
With a light fruit aroma, the five-year-old is soft and balanced with hints of vanilla, toasted caramel, honey and bourbon-aged wood, with a warm, lingering finish.
The 12-year-old is a very smooth, super-premium sipping rum that is mature and balanced with complex wood and spice notes, hints of vanilla and an elegant, warm finish.
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