Have you heard the legend of the floating dutchman? A tale whispered in taverns and along the icy False Bay shore, the story tells of a legendary pirate. Dutchie, as this marauder of the mediterranean was better known, was rumoured to have bottled the very spirit of the wild cape seas and distilled it to create a fierce and delicious rum. In truth...we may never truly know the story of how the rum came to be or what happened to its INFAMOUS namesake , but we do know that this legendary concoction is making waves on the craft market scene.
Floating Dutchman rum is a local craft brand, that, like so many other great companies, started as a brilliant idea in a humble garage. The owner, Dirk, started the brand as a hobby for himself and his friends. However the rave reviews from everyone that tasted the secret BLEND, sparked the idea for a local Cape craft rum. The problem, as dirk explains, is that it is not always easy to transition from an idea to a SELL-ABLE product. in the case of floating dutchman, the transition took months of hard work, research, resilience and perhaps most importantly, the courage to try new things. Whether it be the fresh cape mountain water used to brew the rum, the red-wine barrels used to age the product or the exciting techniques used In the distilling process, this brand is all about producing an authentic cape Rum and pushing the boundaries.
The brand currently have a cape rum and a white rum on the market. The cape rum, known for winning the 2018 micheal angelo wine and spirit award, is a rich hazel colour and carries AROMATIC hints of vanilla. tasting the rum then reveals a deeper layer of caramel, stone fruit and chocolate, with a delicate SAVORY molasses finish. The white rum on the other hand, carries the flavour of fresh berries and has a fruity AROMA, with a smooth tart finish. However, as dirk says, before getting distracted by the fancy techniques or the complicated bouquet of flavours, just taste the rum and enjoy THE experience!
In the end, what really inspired me when I heard about Floating Dutchman, was the fact that dirk had the courage to take the time required to refine his skill, the fact that the rum is authentically local and the undeniable hard work that has gone into the brand. This rum is truly an amazing reflection of South Africa and what we can achieve by working together and keeping things local and lekker!
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