|Montanya Distillers was originally founded in Silverton, Colorado in 2008 by Karen and Brice Hoskin. The company relocated to Crested Butte in August, 2011 and opened on Elk Avenue in August, 2011. It is nestled high in the Rocky Mountains at 9000 ft. The high alpine location makes great sense for making rum, since the altitude positively affects almost every aspect of fermenting, distilling and aging rum. All rums are distilled from family- grown, non-GMO minimally processed sugar cane from Belle Rose, Louisiana. The water comes from one of the purest spring and snowmelt charged aquifers in the USA. It has never been treated with chlorine, fluoride or reverse osmosis filtration. Montanya Rums are made by hand, from scratch, in a very traditional way using 100 gallon, all-copper Alembic pot stills from Portugal, and contain only four ingredients: American sugar cane, Colorado mountain water, yeast, and a touch of Colorado honey from honey bees near the distillery. No flavorings, no additives, no glycerine or glycol. Just all natural, craft distilled, honest American rum. Montanya Rum is certified Kosher.|
Sustainability practices: On January 1, 2016, Montanya Distillers became 100% wind powered for both the distillery and tasting room in Crested Butte. Green energy had been a goal of theirs since they moved into the building, but until now, they had been pursuing solar power. Photovoltaics became unapproachable because of the beautiful historic trees that surround the property and got in the way of efficiency, so they decided to go with wind instead. Being wind powered is part of their approach to reduce their footprint and minimize their impact. Karen and Brice employs a staff year round, paid higher than average in a seasonal Colorado mountain town. They are active philanthropists in their community.
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|Montanya Platino Rum|
|Barrel aged rum, aged for one year in an American White Oak barrel that previously held Colorado Whiskey and then Montanya Oro rum. It is then filtered through a coconut husk charcoal filter to remove color but leave behind most of the natural flavor. Unlike many light rums, the Platino has the smoothness contributed by barrel aging in addition to the complex flavors of an aged rum, while it is free of the cloying sweetness of added sweeteners and flavorings. Platino receives a tiny touch of Colorado Rocky Mountain honey at bottling time, which brings out the natural flavors of the barrel and the rum itself. Flavors prominent include biscotti, cream soda, cardamom, coffee, vanilla and black pepper. Platino has received 9 gold medals and two "Best in Class" designations in International competitions, as well as "Best White Rum" at the World Rum Awards, UK 2015. |
|Montanya Oro Rum|
|Barrel aged rum, aged for one year in an American White Oak barrel that previously held Colorado Whiskey for 2-5 years. Oro goes into the barrel when it is wet and fresh from the whiskey, so it is more full-bodied and picks up more flavor from the oak. It also receives a tiny touch of Colorado Rocky Mountain honey at bottling time, but is never filtered to remove color. The natural color of the barrel remains, along with a slight bit of color from the caramelized honey. Unlike many dark aged rums, the Oro never receives molasses caramel or artificial colorings/flavorings. Flavors emerge naturally from the sugar cane and barrel aging process. Flavors prominent in the Oro include red chili, coffee, caramel, vanilla, pineapple, and chocolate. The Oro has received 8 Silver medals and one "Best In Class" designation in competition. |
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