Old New Orleans Rum

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Country of Origin: USA
Location: New Orleans
People: James Michalopoulos, Owner | Bryan Carrol, Master Distiller

Items

Old New Orleans Rum 'Gingeroo' Spicy Ginger Ale Cocktail (20 proof) Login In Stock
Old New Orleans Rum 'King Creole' 20th Anniversary Rum (80 proof) Login BTI 96 In Stock
Old New Orleans Rum (1 L) Cajun Spice Rum (80 proof) Login In Stock
Old New Orleans Rum (1 L) Crystal White Rum (80 proof) Login In Stock
Old New Orleans Rum Amber 3-Year Old Rum (80 proof) Login BTI 90 In Stock
Old New Orleans Rum Cajun Spice Rum (80 proof) Login WE 92 BTI 93 In Stock
Old New Orleans Rum Crystal White Rum (80 proof) Login BTI 88 In Stock

Old New Orleans Rum was born in the back streets of New Orleans' 9th Ward. This stepchild of the spirits world was conceived by a band of artists and musicians better known for consumption than fabrication. By dint of perseverance and their love of the good life, they managed to start production of what are now considered some of the world's best rums.

James Michalopoulos, a celebrated New Orleans-based artist, is the founder of Celebration Distillation. Inspired by a Swiss friend who entertained guests with spirits she made with fruit picked from her garden, he decided to use the obvious regional crop to create his own spirits in Louisiana — sugar cane. After two years of distillation and engineering studies and plenty of trial and error, it was time to scale up. They constructed their own unique combination pot and column still, which enabled the crew to create robust flavor and also achieve purity and control over the process.

The year 1995 was a banner year for Celebration Distillation and Old New Orleans Rum. An ancient cotton warehouse on Frenchmen Street was purchased and refitted as their new home. Designing and building the equipment as they went, the experiments continued. After what seemed like 1,000 false starts, a fermentation process was found that produced the savor they craved. In 1999, the first white rum was put on the market, and over time it became known as Old New Orleans Crystal. This outstanding Crystal Rum begot Old New Orleans Amber Rum, and from this aged Amber rum came Old New Orleans Cajun Spice Rum. By the millennium, this band of brigands had become one of the world's best rum makers, with gold medals to prove it.

Honing their technique and craft with never-ending experimentation, the entire range of Old New Orleans Rums are ever more subtle and sophisticated and witness to the virtuosity of the distillers.


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Reviews

  • Old New Orleans Rum Amber 3-Year Old Rum (80 proof)
    Beverage Testing Institute
    Rating: 90 (6/23/2010)

    Brilliant amber copper color. Aromas of floral honey, spiced pear and peaches, and buttery caramelized nuts follow through on a smooth, silky entry to a dryish medium body with very good depth, balance, and creamy smoothness. Finishes with a deft touch of banana peel, toffee, molasses, and peppery spice. Excellent vibrancy and character
  • Old New Orleans Rum Cajun Spice Rum (80 proof)
    Beverage Testing Institute
    Rating: 93 (6/23/2010)

    Golden amber color. Bright spicy carrot cake aromas and flavors with a nice dash of dried cayenne pepperiness on the finish. Clean, flavorful and very clever in flavor and conception. Will make outstanding cocktails
  • Old New Orleans Rum Crystal White Rum (80 proof)
    Beverage Testing Institute
    Rating: 88 (6/23/2010)

    Clear. Aromas of creamy vanilla, baked banana, nougat, and lightly toasted coconut follow through on a round, silky entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with excellent smoothness and balance. Finishes with a touch of cane stalk, banana peel, and talc on the long, delicately spicy fade. A very smooth, clean, well crafted white rum
  • Old New Orleans Rum Cajun Spice Rum (80 proof)
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 92 (8/1/2011)

    Like it hot? Made with three-year-old amber rum, this 'Cajun' rum is by far the spiciest in the category. Despite the mild aroma and initial flavor, the spice really explodes on the finish, with clove, ginger and cayenne-pepper fireworks
  • Old New Orleans Rum 'King Creole' 20th Anniversary Rum (80 proof)
    Beverage Testing Institute
    Rating: 96 (4/11/2016)

    Platinum Medal. Brilliant gold color. Creamy aromas and flavors of chocolate maple nut fudge, spicy fruit chutney, honey vanilla bean gelato, and copper with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, long vanilla buttercream and cola, tiramisu, pink pepper, and minerals finish. A superbly spicy and intricate sipping rum that will cover all bases.