WHAT IS IT?
Ord River Rum is made from local sugar cane, wet season rainwater and yeast that is all vat fermented, pot distilled, aged in 300 litre oak barrels from the Australian wine industry and hand bottled. The result is a smooth tropical flavour with an oaky finish. This is the overproof version with attitude which is also charcoal filtered to create a full flavour with a smooth finish. This rum is a multiple award winning rum, having taken out silver in the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition, silver at the 2016 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards and gold in the 2015 International Spirits Challenge in London. Try it for yourself!
Alcoholic strength - 56.4% ABV
WHO'S BEHIND IT?
Owner, developer and farmer Raymond (Spike) Dessert III, fell in love with the Kimberley when he first arrived in 1972 to develop his seed business in the rich and fertile soils of the Ord River Valley. In 1995 with the booming sugar industry in the area, and a trip to the southern wineries of Australia planting a seed in his ever inspiring mind, he found a way to diversify his dream and create Western Australia’s oldest continuously operating, legal distillery.
Built on his farm just outside of Kununurra in the heart of the beautiful Ord River Valley is the small pot distillery called Hoochery Distillery which has the capacity to produce over 50,000 bottles of Ord River Rum a year. Ord River Rum is thought to be the very first Rum ever produced in Western Australia and is gaining an excellent reputation for being a genuine traditional premium rum. Today, the Hoochery stands proud at being a 100% Australian owned and operated family business and wherever possible using locally grown ingredients. After the sugar mill in Kununurra shut down, thereby shutting down access to the excess molasses forming the base of the rum, Spike travelled to Columbia to look into cane crushing processes and imported a cane crusher. The Hoochery now has 3 hectares of sugar cane under plantation on the farm, which is hand cut and crushed to make a sugar syrup which is the base product of all of its products.