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Australian Rum

Australian Rum

The history of Australian rum goes back to when Captain Bligh was governor of the penal colony in Australia. This is also the time that the official currency was still the British pound, although rum was a better form of trade rather than money due to its availability. However, using rum was short lived as Britain ordered Captain Bligh to ban it as a form of currency, leading to him being arrested by the colony as he was seen as unfit to lead. The rebellion didn’t last long however and this incident has since been known as the Rum Rebellion.

In terms of Australian rum production, you have to look back to 1862 when the first sugar crop was harvested, with the first sugar factory being built in 1864. The fertile lands and warm weather in the north eastern coast of Australia saw large plots of land being sold for the growing of sugar crops. This large growth in sugar production led to the creation of Australia’s early rums.

The Australian spirits industry has gone from strength to strength and this includes the rum market, with some Australian rums winning awards at the 2017 World Drink Awards in London. At these awards, the Bundaberg Distilling Company saw their premium range winning the much sort after award for best rum in the world.

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