A Rum Distillery in Our Backyard !

It’s not that we need an excuse to visit a Rum Distillery, but in the name of research for International Rum Day on August 16th, the timing was perfect. How lucky that our very own town of Sarasota, Florida has a distillery called Drum Circle Distilling and they produce an award-winning Siesta Key Rum.

In their own words, they are located in a “rather ordinary industrial park on the north side of Sarasota.” When you set foot into their warehouse space you can smell the sweet aroma of sugar and, of course, rum. How cool would it be if your office smelled that great?!

The left wall was filled with fancy equipment and the right was lined with barrels. And also where the CEO has his office.

   

When you step inside the tasting room, the team enthusiastically greets you with samples and a fun education. Great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

The story of how founder, CEO and Head Distiller, Troy Roberts started his business can all be found on their website. It’s in interesting story about a guy with a dream whose friends and family are involved. In fact, not only was he in the tasting room during our visit, but so was his gorgeous wife and his super proud mother-in-law. I wonder who was watching their five sons?

During our visit we tried several current products and one in the making. We started with Siesta Key Spiced Rum, which has received recognition including Best in Class at the RumXP International Tasting Competition, Best Artisan products in the US by Cooking Light magazine, the Rummy award from Caribbean Journal, just to name a few. While neither of us are huge spice rum fans, it was definitely delicious.

The Siesta Key Silver was also a winner in the RumXP International Tasting Competition. Cooking Light magazine called it “dangerously drinkable” and they were right.

My (Kim) favorite was still in testing mood. They had placed a jar full of the Gold Rum with coconut seeds. In order for us to taste it, Troy created a make-shift filter. It was delicious and we are anxiously waiting for it to go into production.

The one we ended up taking home was the Siesta Key Gold Rum. They age it in charred American oak barrels to bring out the brilliant color and vanilla notes. Robert enjoyed it neat, while Kim added a splash of ginger ale. And when you purchase it there, Troy signs the bottle for you. We will proudly display it even after it’s gone (which I’m sure will be soon), next to our signed Dan Aykroyd Crystal Head Vodka.

In honor of International Rum Day, be sure to have a rum drink on Friday, Aug. 16th. Troy recommends this:

Siesta Key Ti Punch

  • 1 oz. Siesta Key Rum
  • 1/3 oz. Cane syrup or other simply syrup
  • 1/4 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice

Add all ingredients over ice and enjoy.

You can visit the Siesta Key Rum Tasting Room Thursday – Saturday 10-5pm at 2212 Industrial Blvd. If you don’t live nearby, you can still purchase their amazing rum at a ton of locations. See here for a list.

Because of the heat, they were not offering tours but that just gives us another great excuse to go back in October. We’re already looking forward to it.

Cheers!

 

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