Allegheny Distilling, Cannon Beach Distillery, Wiggly Bridge Distillery and Malahat Spirits also winners
Rum was first distilled on the sugarcane plantations of the Caribbean during the seventeenth centuries, and since it was originally made from molasses, the byproduct of sugar refining, it was inexpensive to produce. The first rum distillery in America opened on Staten Island in 1664, and the popularity of the spirit grew throughout the Colonial period and through the Revolution until a British tax on molasses from the British Caribbean led to a decline in popularity.
Today, American rum is undergoing a resurgence, with distilleries focusing on high-quality ingredients and traditional techniques. 10Best enlisted the help of a panel of spirits experts to nominate the 20 best craft rum distilleries in the nation. Our readers have spent the last four weeks voting for their favorites, and the results are in.
Many of these distilleries work in small batches using locally-sourced ingredients. Many are family-owned. Many painstakingly distill their spirits using a blend of traditional and modern techniques. All take pride in crafting the best rums available.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Craft Rum Distillery are as follows:
- Wicked Dolphin - Cape Coral, Fla.
- Allegheny Distilling - Pittsburgh
- Cannon Beach Distillery - Cannon Beach, Ore.
- Wiggly Bridge Distillery - York, Maine
- Malahat Spirits - San Diego
- Skip Rock Distillers - Snohomish, Wash.
- Richland Rum Distillery - Richland, Ga.
- Louisiana Spirits - Lacassine, La.
- Privateer Rum - Ipswich, Mass.
- Journeyman Distillery - Three Oaks, Mich.
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Emily Arden Wells (Gastronomista), Martin Cate (Smuggler’s Cove), Brian Christensen (Artisan Spirit Magazine), Laura Johnson (Distillerista) and Arthur Shapiro (Booze Business) were chosen based on their expertise in the American craft spirits industry.
Other nominated distilleries included 3 Howls Distillery, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, Greenbar Distillery, Montanya Distillers, New Holland Artisan Spirits, Newport Distilling Co., The Noble Experiment NYC, Prichard's Distillery, St. George Spirits and Sun Liquor Distillery.
Congratulations to all our winning rum distilleries.
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