02/12/2021 – Products / Sustainable / Montanya / Rum / Female-Founded / B-Corp / Valentia / Exclusiva
Female-founded rum brand Montanya launches unbeatably sustainable rum in UK
Pioneering female-founded Montanya produces quite possibly the world’s most sustainable craft rum out of its B-Corp-certified rum distillery in the Rocky Mountains.
Montanya’s long list of sustainability credentials include plastic neutral certification; a 100-per-cent wind-powered distillery; off-setting 110 per cent of its carbon production, and using water from a snowmelt-fed aquifer directly underneath the Colorado distillery. Environmental obligations are considered at every step, from sourcing American-grown sugarcane from a family run co-operative in Louisiana, to bottling in Cradle to Cradle certified glass and FSC-graded labels. These strong values are unequivocally represented throughout Montanya’s impressive range of American spirits.
Montanya’s aromatic flagship ‘Valentia’ rum
The hero of the range, Montanya’s aromatic Valentia rum (RRP £44.99), champions the progress, passion and community of women in distilling. This dry rum, whose name means ‘courage’ and ‘grit’ in Spanish, is distilled by women and bottled by a female-led bottling crew, before ageing at altitude for four years in Laws Whiskey House barrels and finishing in a rye barrel from fellow female owned distillery, Catoctin Creek.
Valentia holds an aromatic sweetness with a bouquet of vanilla, cardamom, ginger and honeysuckle – a taste made all the sweeter by knowing a portion of proceeds benefit the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation, who support education and personal development for women in the alcohol beverage industry.
Other stars in Montanya’s rum range – ‘Oro’, ‘Exclusiva’, and ‘Platino’
With tasting notes including red chilli, coffee, caramel, vanilla, pineapple and chocolate, Montanya’s fantastic multi-award winning full-bodied Oro rum (RRP £34.99) is aged for one year in a former White Oak whiskey barrel. The brand’s ruby Exclusiva rum (RRP £44.99) works well in place of whiskey in cocktails, having aged for two and a half years in American White Oak barrels and finished for six months in a Cabernet Sauvignon and Port barrel. This gives the smooth rum an extremely complex flavour, where cinnamon meets red wine and honey meets vanilla.
Unlike many light rums, barrel aging gives Montanya’s Platino (RRP £34.99) a unique smoothness and complex flavour. A touch of the brand’s signature Colorado honey is added before the rum is then filtered through a coconut husk carbon filter to retain the clear colour. The result is a craft rum with flavour profiles of cream soda, cardamom, coffee, vanilla and pepper, working well in on-trend Daiquiris and Piña Coladas.
One of the world’s most forward-thinking spirits brands
From real, transparent, green certifications, to an uncompromising, unparalleled, empowered female leader in Karen Hoskin, who has been a trailblazer for women in distilling, Montanya and its quality true American rum are gaining recognition as one of the world’s most exciting and forward-thinking spirits brands. In 2013, Montanya Distillers won the Bubble Cap Award (Best American Craft Distiller) from the American Distilling Institute, and in 2015, Montanya Platino was named ‘World’s Best White Rum’ (Best in Class) at the World Rum Awards in the UK.
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