In the 17th century, rum was the most important industry in America, until sugar restrictions by the British made its production financially impracticable. In 2007, Chris Weld revived rum distilling in New England, with Berkshire Mountain Distillers’ Ragged Mountain Rum. Weld takes his inspiration from Caribbean-style rums—Appleton (Jamaican rum, dark and intensely molasses-flavored) and Rhum Barbancourt (fresher and grassy, based on Haitian sugarcane juice). It balances molasses’s funk with sugarcane’s tropical fruit notes, with a caramel–sweet corn note that recalls Cracker Jacks.
Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Great Barrington, MA
This story appears in the print issue of August 2013.
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