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December Aussie Rum Releases


A handful of new releases from Australia’s bourgeoning rum scene have landed in store this December, all in small quantities.

We’re focusing on two distilleries here – Husk Distillers in Northern New South Wales and Archie Rose in Sydney’s inner suburbs.


Husk began harvesting cane for rum in 2012 and in December 2015 release their first single barrel release. Sold out virtually instantly, the next release has come around almost exactly a year. Dubbed the Tumbulgum 1886 (a nod to the namesake township’s 150 anniversary) it is a vatting of four casks, yielding 2,200 bottles.

It arrived in store late last week and this first allocation we’ve received is on its way to selling out.

In Australia rum needs to be matured for a minimum of two years before you can call it rum. So, unlike elsewhere internationally where ‘white rum’ is produced, un-aged expressions here are called ‘Cane Spirit’.

Let’s call these next two releases ‘Australian Cane Spirit in the style of international white rum’…



A triumph of both flavour and state-wide logistics, this is the first ‘rum-style’ release from Sydney’s Archie Rose, who began distilling cane for rum last year. Bottled at 50% and with a lovely texture, it’s being drunk both neat and in cocktails. Just over 2,000 bottles from this inaugural release.

Read the full story behind its creation here.



The first release in Husk’s new bartender series, this was designed through a collaboration with the distillery and bartenders across the Northern Beaches. Clean and crisp, limited to just 895 bottles.

Scott Fitzsimons