This award-winning gold rum in the distinctive royal purple and gold metallic bottle is a lot of both serious and fun, and all delicious. The product blends some brown sugar with fresh cane juice in a double distillation process which creates a delicate sweetness with round caramel notes that is lighter than normal rum, almost like a cachaca fusion. Brief aging in one-use bourbon barrels gives some mild wood impact. We call the result an “Aged Craft Cachaca” and it is very special. Not only are rums unusual in Colorado, one with some depth and complexity of such oak is even more rare; but the use of fresh cane juice is unheard of. This has led to many medals including a 94 point gold medal in the New York International Competition and being declared best Rum in Colorado. So, this is a bit of serious and a bit of fun. Perfect to sip, but not too expensive to mix. One craft bartender called it “dream rum” for its flexibility and sophistication.
The Black Bear Distillery is a family owned craft distillery at 7800 feet in the beautiful little town of Green Mountain Falls, CO. Run by a fifth-generation master distiller (the first to be legal) who also happens to be a master chef, this combination of chef and distiller creates unique flavorful products unlike anything else on the market. The twenty-foot tall 100% pot still run in a low and slow fashion adds depth and character to all the products, each of which have a different philosophy. The three tiers of our main line consist of an historic 130th anniversary artisan Rye Vodka, a lightly aged Gold Colorado Rum that is based on raw cane juice, making it lighter and fresher than normal rum, but with bourbon barrel age and a level of complexity and sophistication; and our flagship, a rich, sherry-finished Irish Style Bourbon made to honor the founder’s family history, stretching back to 444AD Ireland.
The Black Bear Distillery’s founder and Master Distiller, Dr. Victor Matthews is unique in the Spirits world. Not only is he a third-generation moonshiner, but he is the only Master Chef and Master Distiller combination in America; in fact, he is also a certified Dining Room Service Master, so as a TRIPLE MASTER (Culinary, Service, and Spirits) with a PhD he is in fact the only one in the world. Perhaps this is due to his palate, perhaps his family work ethic, or maybe he simply loves to learn, but the customers benefit from such expertise as some of the most creative and unique spirits in the world are created. Dr. Matthews lives in the house behind the distillery in beautiful Green Mountain Falls, Colorado with his family of six and several rescue dogs. He is active in his local church and runs the Theology Dept of a British College as well. Dr. Matthews is also the author of five books, including books on Bourbon and Italian Wine as well as cooking and theology. To date he has received a combined total of 30 medals in both culinary and distillery competitions, including 12 gold and several state and national championships.
94 point gold medal in the New York International Competition
Declared best Rum in Colorado
The brown sugar and molasses product with delicate sweetness and round caramel notes. Vanilla, caramel, and toasted marshmallow.