Shipwreck Series – Irma
This is the first in a series of small batch rum aged in unique barrels crafted from a variety of ingredients. Different styles of molasses, sugars and barrels are used to highlight the versatility of the spirit for each offering in this series. For batch one, a blend of molasses and demerara sugar was used to compliment flavors derived from aging in four 10 gallon once used barrels from Tuthilltown Spirits in NY. They were 2 once used “Hudson Baby Bourbon” barrels and 2 once used “Manhattan Rye” barrels that we aged our rum in and then blended together. Big Ugly Brewing in Chesapeake VA was gracious enough to provide these barrels for us. The barrels have been sent back to Big Ugly Brewing and are now being used to age beer.
The Irma was a three-masted schooner that wrecked along the beach in Kill Devil Hills in the year 1925, in front of the Croatan Inn. Schooners were still being used to transport cargo along the east coast at this time despite the advent of steam power. Everyone onboard survived the wreck of the Irma. Instead of wrecking on the shore the Irma ran aground and basically stayed intact. In fact, it reportedly was used for a for dance floor for some time before the ship broke up. Before it did, the ships wheel was placed in the adjacent Croatan Inn’s bar. The inn eventually became Papagayo’s restaurant in the 1980’s, Quagmire’s in the 1990’s, and was a favorite beachfront nightspot. The building was torn down in 2006 but the ships wheel was saved and graciously loaned to us by the former owners. The wheel can now be seen in our distillery. The wreck of the Irma can still be seen in the shallow water just off the beach.