Now Available – The First South African Rum in the US from Holmes Cay

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New York, NY (September 15, 2021) – Delivering on its promise to share rare and special rums to spirits lovers, Holmes Cay Rum has built a reputation over the past two years by selecting and releasing an annual series of limited edition rums. Available today, Holmes Cay’s South Africa Mhoba 2017 marks the first time South African Rum has ever been sold in the United States and the first time that rum from the Mhoba Distillery is available stateside.   

“We are extremely honored to be the exclusive importer of the first US edition of this entirely unique artisan-distilled rum from the Mhoba Rum Distillery in collaboration with master distiller Robert Greaves," said founder Eric Kaye. “We are proud to present this truly one of a kind rum to spirits lovers for the first time in the US.”

The Mhoba Distillery uses hand-cut cane grown on the adjacent farm, and distills from fresh pressed cane juice on a crusher designed by Greaves.  Both commercial and wild African yeasts are used in fermentation.  The pot stills which produce this richly aromatic and flavorful rum were also designed and built by Greaves.  This edition has been aged for four years exclusively in South African whisky casks.  

Robert Greaves added, “When I first began distilling, my goal was to produce a spirit like a single malt whisky but made from our own sugarcane, grown on our farm. From the growing, hand-harvesting and crushing of our sugarcane right through to distillation in our self-built pot stills and the aging in ex-South African whisky casks, everything was done on our farm and distillery to create a pure rum which is truly unique.” 

The Holmes Cay South Africa Mhoba 2017 edition was aged for 4 years in subtropical conditions of the Mhoba distillery in the Mpumalanga province on the northeastern border of South Africa, before being bottled in New York State. Only four barrels were selected. No sugar, color or other flavors were added. The Holmes Cay South Africa Mhoba 2017 is bottled at full barrel proof of 59% ABV. 

Tasting notes:  Grilled pineapple and rich cane on the nose. On the tongue, white pepper, light treacle, tropical fruit, and a hint of toasted fennel seed. On the finish, young vegetation and a puff of smoke.

The Holmes Cay Single Cask South Africa 2017 is now available for wholesale orders with a suggested retail price of $109 (750 ml bottle).  It is distributed in New York, California, Oregon, Colorado, Arizona, Tennessee, Illinois, Texas and Washington D.C. and is also available throughout the US via various online retailers.

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