Haus Alpenz’s suite of sugarcane distillates (Scarlet Ibis, Smith & Cross, and Batavia-Arrack van Oosten) represents a unique approach to the world of rum. All of these spirits represent the most flavorful distillates we can find from traditional rum-producing countries (Trinidad, Jamaica and Indonesia, respectively). They are all bottled at modest age (if aged at all) and elevated proof, are unchillfiltered, and have no added sugar. These principles lead to rums that are both expressive and versatile. Additionally, rum is the basis of exotically flavored liqueurs, such as allspice dram, falernum and Swedish punsch, that are essential to tropical and tiki drinks as well as a variety of classic cocktails.
This project, named for the national bird of Trinidad, and originally commissioned and blend-selected by Death & Co in New York, is a blend of three- to five-year aged Trinidad rums, with classic flavors of toffee, tobacco, and dark honey on a firm, dry backbone. This is old-school rum, without the now-common influence of other wines and spirits, chill filtration, excess dilution, or added sugar.