|New Cane Grinder - still in the testing phase|
We headed out for a fun day starting with a distillery tour by the founder of Railean Texas Rum - Kelly Railean herself!
Our tour started at noon and began with a look at the new (to them) sugar cane grinder. It isn't something they are using now, but they are toying with the idea of making a product from the cane juice. They currently use Molasses to make their rums. The smell in the building was deliciously subtle and sweet with it.
|Fermentation tank and distillery|
She took us through the entire process, starting with fermentation and moving on to the distillation. The company makes several types of Rum and have recently added a Vodka and a Blue Agave (like Tequila) to their label.
|The bung was removed and the alcohol dipped out.|
They used a special glass tool to retrieve sips of the pure alcohol, full of oaky particles and whatnot... It was an eye opening experience! This was the straight stuff! 100% alcohol! Uncut! The flavor was marvelous!
We were each given souvenir shot glasses to sample the many products made here.
We got to see the vats in which the distilled alcohol was cut with purified water and mixed to create the finished products.
I asked about the difference between "alcohol content" and "proof" - 40% alcohol by volume is said to be "80 proof". Kelly told us a little bit of history.
She said that early British sailors, suspecting that their alcohol was being watered down, began to test the amount of alcohol by adding gunpowder and lighting it on fire. The watered down alcohol would not ignite. When it did ignite, this was "proof" that the level of alcohol in their bottles was correct.
I'm sure I've botched the story but if you go to visit the distillery, be sure to ask Kelly to tell it to you...
|Thank you Kelly for the tour and Katie and Dean for this day!|
We were given samples of each and every product made here and I will tell you that I'm not accustomed to drinking my rum straight! I normally require fruity accompaniments to tone down the strong taste of the liquor. I was amazed to find all of the Rums, and even the Vodka and the Blue Agave to be quite pleasant upon the palate. They were smooth and each one had a very distinctive flavor with beautiful aftertaste... They even smelled divine... scrumptiously sweet and warm. To say that this day was a treat would be a vast understatement! I can't believe the incredible luck we had in finding this little known gem. We each took home two bottles, only because that's all we were allowed!
So, if you're ever in the Kemah area... hop on over and check out Railean Handmade American Rum. And tell Kelly that Dos Libras sent you!