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Whisky Advocate: Mark Reynier Tries His Hand At Rum

December 30, 2022

Mark Reynier is famous for his leadership role in acquiring and resurrecting Islay’s Bruichladdich Distillery back in 2000. Bruichladdich was sold to Remy Cointreau in 2012, and since then Reynier has developed Waterford Distillery, the terroir-driven Irish whiskey maker. He has also been trying his hand at rum, founding Renegade Rum Distillery on the Caribbean island of Grenada.

Renegade Rum Distillery officially opened earlier this year, though the first phase of the project began nearly seven years ago. It has capacity to produce up to 1 million liters annually.

To supply sugarcane for the distillery, Renegade established Cane Co., a subsidiary that rents small farms in different regions of Grenada and grows several different varieties of sugarcane. While getting into farming wasn’t Reynier’s original plan, there was an “unintended benefit,” he says. “Not only could we be in control of it ourselves, but we could rent land on a wide and diverse array of beguiling terroirs, soils, and microclimates. We could set out with our own totally unique, and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the concept of terroir in rum from scratch.”

Renegade now has a warehouse full of stock aging in French, American, and Andean oak. Its current offerings include Pre-Cask Single Farm Origin Lake Antoine Upper Crater Lake South, Pre-Cask Single Farm Origin Lake Antoine Lower Crater Lake South, Pre-Cask Single Farm Origin Nursery, and Pre-Cask Single Farm Origin Hope, all at 50% abv and retailing at $65. They’re joined by Études Single Farm Origin New Bacolet and Études Single Farm Origin Pearls, both 55% abv and retailing at $80. Whisky Advocate has more.

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