Black History Month Rum Launches From 2 Black-Owned Brands
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Black-Owned Whiskey, Rum Brands Team Up for a Special Release in Celebration of Black History Month

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Two Black-owned spirits brands came together to create Ten to One x Uncle Nearest Bourbon Cask rum for Black History Month. (Photo: Ten to One)

Rum brand Ten to One tapped whiskey brand Uncle Nearest to create its newest rum release, a Caribbean dark rum finished in bourbon casks.

Created by two Black-owned distilleries, this is a special release, launched in honor of Black History Month.

“Honoring our shared history, this collaboration celebrates the many Black spirits pioneers whose contributions to the industry have been largely forgotten. Today we stand proudly on their shoulders to deliver an inspired expression which makes for a stunning sipping experience featuring a beautiful progression of spiced apple, black currant and charred wood notes,” Marc-Kwesi Farrell, Ten to One’s founder, wrote on the bottle’s label.

Ten to One x Uncle Nearest Bourbon Cask Finish finishes Ten to One’s premium Caribbean dark rum, an 8-year-old mix of Barbados, Dominican and Trinidadian column-still rums, in 1856 bourbon barrels from Uncle Nearest.

Ten to One x Uncle Nearest Bourbon Cask Finish, bottled at 86 proof, launched Feb. 1 for $64.99 on Ten to One’s website and already sold out. It is, however, available on Keg N Bottle for $74.99.

Ten to One x Uncle Nearest Bourbon Cask Finish features tasting notes of acacia honey, banana nut loaf, spiced apple, toasted pecan, crème brulee, black currant and charred wood. It is recommended on its own or as an interesting substitute for bourbon in the classic Old-Fashioned.

Also available on Ten to One’s website is a new book, “Kindred Spirits,” which highlights 28 talented Black bartenders from around the U.S., who each contributed a cocktail recipe that showcases a different way to enjoy Ten to One rum. The book offers one recipe for each day of February. “Kindred Spirits” costs $24.99 and must be purchased alongside a bottle of rum.

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