Lexington, KY – Barrel House Distilling Co. has announced the release of their third locally distilled spirit, Oak Rum.
Aged in previously used charred oak bourbon barrels since the company was founded in 2008, the first batch was bottled at barrel proof with a proof of 105.2. This is the first aged product from Barrel House. The company, located on Manchester Street in the Lexington Distillery District, also produces Pure Blue Vodka and Devil John Moonshine; they anticipate releasing a bourbon in 2014, according to a press release.
The owners, Jeff Wiseman and Pete Wright, believe Oak Rum is the only rum produced in Kentucky at this time. As opposed to white or light rums, they say this dark rum, much like Kentucky bourbon, should be considered on the rocks before being used in cocktails and that the aging process in the bourbon barrels gives the spirit hints of bourbon and charred wood. Last week, Oak Rum was awarded Best in Category at the American Distillers’ Institute Competition.