Inspired by the diverse and vibrant rum culture of the Caribbean islands and a yearning for fine Australian spirits, distiller Paul Messenger, along with his wife Mandy and daughters Harriet, Edwina & Claudia, embarked on a journey to create a plantation distillery on their cattle & cane farm, nestled in the green caldera surrounding Mt Warning in Northern NSW.
Paul says “Our vision was to create a premium, paddock to bottle agricole rum with a unique Australian expression. Our journey is now in it’s eighth year. We’ve had to develop new skills and adapt new methods of small-scale cultivation, harvesting and crushing not used in the area before. We’ve designed our distillery based on fermentation, distillation and maturation methods not typically used in commercial rum distilleries and the result is a rum that we are proud to say has the unique characteristics of our part of the world – our provenance.”
Agricole rum is rum made from freshly crushed sugar cane juice, instead of molasses. Only about 3% of the worlds rum can be called Agricole and most come from a few small islands in the French Caribbean, notably Martinique. Unlike molasses, sugar cane and cane juice can’t be stored and must be crushed and fermented as soon as possible. This means that agricole rums are seasonal and can only be made during the sugar cane harvest. This style of rum has provenance. Our volcanic soil, sub-tropical climate and seasonal conditions combine each harvest to create something unique – our terroir. Agricole rums are typically pure and unadulterated with no added sugar or flavours. Prior to maturation agricoles are generally fresh, herbal and dry, with a crisp finish. They develop a complexity and balance upon maturation, when they are intended to be sipped neat.
On the east coast of Australia in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales lies the deepest caldera in the Southern Hemisphere. At the focal point of the caldera and still dominating the region is the eroded core of the once mighty Tweed volcano. Known as Wollumbin or ‘cloud catcher’ by the Bundjalung people, it was named Mt Warning by Captain James Cook in 1770, to warn mariners of the treacherous coastline between Fingal Head and Point Danger. Nestled in the caldera below, set on 150 acres of farmland with the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Gondwana Rainforest to the west, lies the family run distillery where Husk Distillers practice their craft.
Available SKU size: 700ml
Husk Spiced Bam Bam was created to celebrate the salty coastal rainforests that run along the North Coast of NSW. These vast expanses of remnant Gondwana rainforest are home to some of the most ancient species in the world, and we wanted to explore these botanicals in a rum.
We started with 3-4 year old Husk Australian Agricole rum. We selected two rainforest species to focus on – wattle seed and native ginger, both which grow wild on our farm and across the North Coast.
To complement these flavours we add mandarin, orange peel, cinnamon quills and vanilla beans to add spice & sweetness. The recipe is rounded off with a sprinkle of sea salt.
The whole spices infuse in the rum for 3 months, resulting in a beautifully softly spiced rum that is good enough to sip on the rocks, or mix with ginger beer and a squeeze of lime for a classic Dark & Stormy.
Available SKU size: 700ml
Husk Pure Cane is the most pure expression of our region. Made from sugar cane grown 100% on our farm, Pure Cane is how all our rums start.
We created this new world agricole to introduce the Australian palette to this unusual spirit in a way that is versatile to mix and sessionable to drink. Lighter, more delicate and more accessible than traditional Caribbean agricoles.
After fermentation we double distill Pure Cane in our copper pot still, before allowing it to rest before bottling. Pure Cane can only be made during the harvest – each batch is seasonal and reflects that year’s vintage, the seasons, the soil, the terroir.
Fresh, vibrant and delicate, Pure Cane smells sweetly of crushed sugar cane, with a grassy & creamy flavour. Softer in flavour than Caribbean white agricoles, you can mix this into back to basics cocktails with only 3 ingredients – Pure Cane, lime and sugar.
Available SKU size: 700ml
This 2019 release of our premium sipping rum is Triple Oak.
Triple Oak is a masterful blend of three barrels – ex-port, ex-bourbon and new American Oak.
These barrels were filled with our Australian Agricole rum, which was distilled in 2013 in our old 1000L copper pot still from first press cane juice.
The barrels rested for 5 years. For the rum connoisseur, the resulting blend allows the drinker to trace back to each barrel the flavours and aromas it encapsulates.
Barrel #1: Ex-Port filled 27/09/13 from distillation of cane variety Q200. Still strength 73.9%.
Barrel #2: Ex-Bourbon filled 27/09/13 from distillation of cane variety Q200. Still strength 65.5%.
Barrel #3: Virgin White American Oak – filled 05/12/13 from distillation of cane variety Q155. Still strength 74.8% and 75.3%.