UK release for Mauritian single-estate rum inspired by rare stamp

Penny Blue Batch #002

The Indian Ocean Company has released a second batch of Penny Blue XO Rum, a single-estate Mauritian rum blending spirit matured in former cognac, whisky and bourbon barrels.

After the success of the first batch last year, 7,000 bottles will be available in the US, Europe and Mauritius, with UK distribution through wine and spirits company Berry Bros & Rudd.

The rum is distilled at Medine, the oldest operational distillery on Mauritius, dating back to 1926. Doug McIvor from Berry Bros & Rudd and Jean Francois Koenig, master distiller at Medine, picked 22 casks for maturation to make the new batch.

By adding 10% of the award-winning first batch, some consistency follows through from the initial release. The oldest rum in this batch is 11 years old, the youngest just five years old.

Penny Blue is a small-batch vatted rum that is natural in colour and unchill-filtered. All the production happens on the one estate, from growing the sugar cane to distillation, maturation and bottling. There is no artificial sweetening.

Doug said: “Meticulously selecting the casks for maturation ensures each batch is distinct in character. The key is retaining a level of continuity in each batch to maintain the rich, smooth and fruity complexity that makes this single-estate rum a real expression of intriguing complexity.”

The rum is deep amber in appearance with golden highlights. On the nose, it offers tropical fruits with hints of eucalyptus, orange marmalade and rich oriental spices. It is round and balanced on the palate, soft with creamy oak, rich orange peel and crème caramel.

With ABV of 43.2%, it is distributed in the UK with the recommended price in retail of £40.

Penny Blue is named after the world’s rarest stamp, printed in Mauritius in 1847, which became a collectors’ item because an error by the engraver resulted in it reading “Post Office” rather than the usual “Post Paid”. Of the thousands issued, only 12 stamps are believed to be in existence today and trade for over $1million when sold.

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