The Tavern-Style Rum was created to rekindle New Englander's love for an ancestral drink that hasn’t been made in Ipswich since the early 1800s. “In Colonial days, New Englanders discovered the joys of barrel-aged rums almost by mistake, said Mathew Perry, President and Founder of Turkey Shore Distilleries. “Those rums took on a whole new character. Old Ipswich Tavern Style Rum is a recreation of this more refined spirit.”
“With small batch processing and premium ingredients, we offer a flavor and complexity that is seldom tasted in today’s big-business dominated industry,” explained Master Distiller Evan Parker. “We researched the flavor profile we wanted, then invested in acquiring a special copper still to make our line of rums historically accurate.“
Micro-distilling is a movement that is on the rise. In 2003, the American Distilling Institute (ADI) reported 69 distillers in the country. Today, that number has grown to more than 300, according to Bill Owens, ADI founder. He predicts the market will expand to 500 in the next five years. The sector will stay small, he reasons, because making spirits is more difficult than making beer and wine. He estimates the potential micro-distilling market at $400 million market.
Turkey Shore also crafts Old Ipswich White Cap Rum, a premium white rum made from the same high quality molasses as the Tavern-Style Rum but distilled and filtered multiple times to achieve the ultimate balance of purity and flavor. The table-grade molasses and unique yeast strain combine to form a smooth rum bursting with floral and vanilla notes. It is named for the tempestuous seas that define New England coastal living.
“We are now offering Holiday Baskets that contain one bottle of White Cap, one bottle of Tavern Style, two Turkey Shore Distilleries rocks glasses and recipe cards for each style of rum. Both spirits are equally at home warming the heart during a frigid nor'ester or cooling the soul on a hot summer's day. Plus, it’s a great way to support local business and give an historic New England gift,” Perry said.
Perry and Parker have a personal connection to the history of rum in Ipswich. They grew up on Turkey Shore Road, where a distillery operated from 1770-1836. Barrels of molasses that originated in the West Indies were unloaded at an old wharf located in Mat’s back yard along. The barrels were then rolled back and forth across the street from Hunt’s Wharf to the distillery. Now, more than 175 years later, Turkey Shore Distilleries once again sits along the banks of the Ipswich River, ready to revive the ancient tradition of producing New England rum.
About Turkey Shore Distilleries
Turkey Shore Distilleries LLC was formed in 2010 in the historic coastal town of Ipswich, MA, by two childhood friends and locals, Mat Perry and Evan Parker. Aiming to reconnect New Englanders to a significant (but largely forgotten) part of their past, Turkey Shore Distilleries produces a line of hand-crafted rums under its flagship brand, Old Ipswich Rum. Using table-grade sweet molasses from the sugarcane fields of Louisiana and a custom-built 250-gallon copper pot still built in Kentucky, Old Ipswich Rum is a true American product destined to awaken the New England spirit in all of us. Old Ipswich Rum is available for purchase at local bars, restaurants and liquor stores. In addition, Turkey Shore Distilleries, located at 23 Hayward St., Ipswich, is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. for tours and tastings. For more information, please visit http://www.turkeyshoredistilleries.com.