Antelope Island Red

Our Inspiration

Made in Utah
no GMO
Artesian Well Water

Antelope Island Red is unique as a barreled aged rum. After we’ve made our Premium award winning Antelope Island White Rum, we store it in a used Cabernet wine cask specially prepared for us by Steve Robertson at Hells Canyon Winery in Idaho. This rum has a color both red from the wine and brown from the barrel as the spirit works its way through the wine and into the wood, extracting rich vanillin and wine esters on the way out.

Sugar cane processing firms first discovered that molasses, a by-product of the sugar refining process, fermented into alcohol. Later, distillation of these alcoholic by-products concentrated the alcohol and removed impurities, producing the first true rums. Tradition suggests that these rums first originated on the island of Barbados… Antelope Island provides the local inspiration for our island rum. (And by the way, we even have a parrot.)

As you sail for Antelope Island, in the Southern part of the Great Salt Lake, watch for natural fresh-water springs and a land-bridge that emerges when the lake is extremely low! Land ho! The island a natural refuge for all sorts of wildlife including bighorn sheep, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, coyote and the state bird, the California seagull.

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How to Taste

Make sure you have a clean palate (your mouth). Common palate cleansers are bread or unsalted crackers.

The first thing to look for when tasting a new rum is what it looks like. Take note of its color, is it clear or cloudy, light, golden or dark – this can help prepare your brain for what is about to come next.

Commonly referred to as “nosing” this is where you sniff the rum to soak in those delicious aromas. Short quick sniffs are best to capture different aromas. You have about 7 seconds before your nose gives up and stops noticing things so try and identify things quickly.

The first sip is always a bit of a shock to the tongue, so take a small sip to get the light burn out of the way so you can then focus on the flavors.

Take a second, slower sip and let the rum float around your mouth and the vapors float into your nose to identify more aromas. Here you want to look for sweetness, bitterness and spiciness & acidity. Make a note of what you observe.

Next, take another sip and pay attention to the consistency or the rum, is it smooth, light, thick? Does the flavor intensify or stay the same? Compare this to what you noticed in The View above.

Swallow the rum and pay attention to the after taste. How quickly does it fade away? Do more flavors present themselves, do other flavors disappear.

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