Rolling Fork 11 Year Small Batch El Salvador Rum
Rolling Fork was founded by friends Jordan Morris and Turner Wathen with the intention of sourcing great rum from around the world, free of any additives, with a particular eye to the whiskey drinking palate. Both from Kentucky, Turner even hailing from a long line of bourbon makers, they wanted to bottle rums that would successfully expose the massive bourbon drinking populace to a wider world of spirits. Their first bottling, ostensibly made by accident, was a blend of Trinidad rum and rye whiskey, which they bottled as Fortuitous Union. They've since turned to bottling proper rums all on their own, at high proofs, re-casking them in first fill bourbon barrels to accentuate those spicy, vanilla, and woodsy notes that bourbon drinkers are so familiar with.
For this release, Rolling Fork blended a small batch of rum distilled in El Salvador. To reinforce the subtle sweetness of the aged rum, the founders selected several American Oak Kentucky bourbon barrels and rye whiskey barrels to add sweet notes of vanilla, caramel, floral and citrus. To balance these sweet flavors, some of the rum was aged in French Oak port casks and sherry casks. The casks add strong baking spice, hazelnut, and dark fruit notes. After two Kentucky summers in a bourbon warehouse, the founders blended the casks to achieve a well-balanced rum. Bottled at 55% abv.