You don’t have to be a pirate to enjoy Beenleigh
Perhaps I’m too romantic when I envisage pirates but I’ve always wished I lived in the days when I could perch a parrot on my shoulder and find me some buried treasure. Although I never understood the fascination with rum. My drink of choice is whiskey or French champagne. (Not sure how many pirates were popping Bolly corks or whatever brand (ha ha) was fashionable back in the day.)
Why pirates drank rum
Now, why did those seafaring scallywags turn to the grog? Turns out, the water in their barrels wasn’t the cleanest, and adding a splash of rum made it fit for consumption. Rum, flowin’ freely on pirate ships, was the nectar of the sea.
Most of the world’s rum hailed from the Caribbean, the pirates’ playground, and many a ship they plundered was laden with the golden elixir. The crews guzzled down their liquid loot, but rum wasn’t just for swiggin’—it doubled as currency, tradin’ hands for all sorts of treasures.
Life on the high seas during the Golden Age of Piracy wasn’t all yo-ho-ho and merry makin’. Disease, hunger, dehydration, and boredom plagued the crew. Captains, savvy as they were, kept morale afloat with extra rum rations, avoidin’ mutinies and keepin’ the crew content.
Rum and lime juice staves off scurvy for pirates
Scurvy, the bane of sailors and pirates alike, threatened the crew’s health. But fear not, for a splash of lime juice in the rum staved off this perilous affliction, a citric cure for the high-sea blues.
Now, let me spin ye a yarn ’bout Beenleigh. No treacherous pirate waters for this drop—it hails from the land of crocs, snakes, and box jellyfish. Back in me youth, rum tasted like the rough seas, but Beenleigh, oh, it’s a different tale. Smooth as a calm sea, it dances on the tongue with hints of vanilla, spiced wood, and coconut molasses—a breakfast of champions, or pirates, as the case may be.
Beenleigh rum – a sea of flavour
Writing ’bout it makes me crave a sip, and it’s so darn flavourful, I can drink it straight. Aye, there be a bit of pirate in me, indeed. Time to raise a glass and set sail on the sea of flavour! Yo ho ho and a bottle of Beenleigh!
Beenleigh Rum, a true Aussie classic, proudly stands as one of Australia’s oldest rum brands. Crafted within the historic walls of the Beenleigh Rum Distillery, nestled in Eagleby (once part of Beenleigh) within the City of Logan, Queensland, this spirit encapsulates the essence of down under.
This quintessentially Australian elixir is 100% homegrown, meticulously made from a blend of local and imported ingredients. The range boasts a 700 ml Dark Rum, aged to perfection over five years, a crisp 700 ml White Rum, and an exclusive 700 ml Honey Liqueur Dark Rum—an unparalleled trio in the realm of rum offerings. Each variant takes shape through fermentation with the finest Queensland molasses.
Beenleigh – an Australian rum
The distillery itself is a testament to tradition and craftsmanship, boasting a comprehensive setup that includes a blending hall, bottling plant, warehouse, and administration facilities. Positioned gracefully on the banks of the Albert River, it stands as a landmark, an iconic presence on the river flats that define this picturesque area. Beenleigh Rum, where history and flavor converge, proudly waving the banner of Australian rum excellence.
First Class’s choice: Beenleigh Artisan Distillers Double Cask Rum