By Sacha Delfosse
Angostura rum master distiller, John Georges, recently hosted exclusive tastings in Australia of the world's most expensive blend of rum, Legacy by Angostura.
One of 20 limited edition 500ml bespoke decanters will be available for purchase in an online auction in Australia, with an expected US$25,000 price tag. The production of the liquid took six years and draws on seven of the distillery’s most rare and precious rums in its final recipe, the youngest of which is 17 years old.
"We set out to create the greatest sipping rum ever produced and we believe we have achieved something that is both unique and unequalled. Once these 20 bottles have been sold, no more of this liquid will be available, so it’s a truly unique opportunity for a few select individuals," Georges said.
The Australian market, where Angostura is distributed by island2island Beverage Company, was the first place in the world to be able to sample Legacy by Angostura. The rum was developed primarily to mark the 50th Anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago, where it will be available in August.
Georges said the hefty price tag is justified for Legacy, which he proclaimed is the "supercar of rums", given the time and effort that was put into creating it and the inclusion of the distillery’s rarest and finest rums.
The rums selected for Legacy by Angostura also have a special meaning to Georges as they represent the skill and passion of his predecessors at the distillery.
"I have known a lot of the people who have worked actually making the rums used in this. I learnt from many of them, and many of these people are no longer with us so it’s kind of fascinating for me to see the product eventually emerge."
The online auction will be held by Langton’s liquor and closes July 13.
Entries for the Australian leg of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge are currenlty opened with local bartenders getting the chance to represent Oceania in the global finals and win $10,000 and a one year Angostura global brand ambassador contract.