GSN Review: Copalli Rum

Brand co-founders Anya Fernald and Todd Robinson developed Copalli Rum, an organic single estate rum made in the heart of the Southern Belize jungle, in late 2018. Copalli is made from just three ingredients including heirloom sugar cane, yeast, and filtered rainforest canopy water sourced from the distillery’s farm.

“Copalli is an incredibly unique spirit,” says Copal Tree Distillery co-founder Anya Fernald. She adds, “It’s a 100% authentic rum with all aspects of the product hand-crafted and grown in the most ecological way possible.”

The distillery is zero-impact and powered by sustainable, regenerative biomass and the process supports full-circle conversion of waste from production into agricultural inputs. The sugarcane used to produce the rum is grown on Copal Tree Farms, so all levels of products can be overseen from start to finish. Rainwater is used to proof the rum down to drinking strength.

The founders have spearheaded the philanthropic support of the local community in Southern Belize for over 20 years, through a legacy of rainforest preservation, marine conservation, and support of local education. Copal Tree Distillery supports the local community as the largest employer in Southern Belize, providing over 100 jobs to local residents in a clean and safe working environment. Additionally, the group provides education grants for local girls and boys to continue their education into high school.

White Rum (84 Proof/42% ABV) A double distillation of fresh sugarcane juice–crushed within two hours of being cut–the white rum is made with a blend of pot and column distillation with a long resting of the finished product on stainless steel. GSN Remarks: Opens with a fresh and funky agricole nose. The entry is quite dry and has a soft smokiness. Body is heavier than expected with a round and silky mouthfeel. After half a minute, some of the sweeter notes peek out with a slight fruity/nutty character. Quite interesting a flavorful. GSN Rating: A

Barrel Rested Rum (88 Proof/44% ABV) The Barrel Rested Rum is made using double distillation of sugarcane juice, use of exclusively full-bodied copper pot still distillation with French technique. It is aged in American Oak bourbon barrels. GSN Remarks: Most of the cane nose is overshadowed by a heavy dose of oak cask. The entry is almost akin to a young whiskey. But, shortly, the rum character makes itself known, albeit in a subtle fashion. The overall effect is of a very dry, barrel forward spirit. If you’re looking for an aged rum to use in tiki-styled drinks, this is a good one to go for as it has similar characteristics to some of the overproof rums in a less fiery presentation. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Copalli Rum

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