February 24, 2016 — Trinidad & Tobago ‐‐Known for their iconic bitters and rum‐making heritage, the House of Angostura (www.angosturarum.com) ‐ the only rum distillery in Trinidad today ‐ announces No. 1 Once Used French Oak, the newest introduction to The Cask Collection – a limited‐edition range dedicated to rums aged in special casks. Bottled at 40% and the first Angostura rum finished in French oak casks, No. 1 French Oak is an exquisite, silky smooth complex blend – created with a fusion of techniques learnt from the Old World and perfected in the New World. Only 15,030 bottles will be available in select markets worldwide in December 2015.
No. 1 French Oak is a 16 year old blend. The rums were aged for a minimum of 10 years in American Oak casks. The rums were then artfully combined by The House of Angostura’s Master Blender and re‐casked into carefully selected French Oak casks that were once used for aging cognac. The rum was left to mature for additional 6 years in the French Oak casks. The French Oak barrels infuse the luxurious oak‐driven flavors of nuts, dried fruit such as dates and figs with subtle floral qualities.
“The overwhelming response we received to The Cask Collection and the first No. 1 released in 2013 was a strong indication of the appetite our consumers have for artisan spirits, which the House of Angostura is passionately committed to offering. We’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of No. 1 French Oak, which is an outstanding example of the tradition, philosophy and talents of the House of Angostura,” said Daniyel Jones, Global Brand Ambassador.
Blending rum is an art ‐ acquired from years of experience. Angostura’s blenders have been trained on original traditions and are celebrated experts who closely maintain guarded formulas and techniques. For No. 1 French Oak, Angostura produced a one‐of‐a‐kind recipe with mature, high‐quality aged rums ‐ each chosen for their unique flavor and characteristics. The color is beautiful amber with superb clarity and the aroma offers notes of subtle peach and candied apricot, macadamia or almonds, with hints of oak. The finish is dry with a soft fade.
“No. 1 French Oak is wonderful paired with cheeses or desserts, or perfect by itself or over ice. It is also the ideal sipping rum after a sumptuous meal. Relax, enjoy and savor the moment,” says Genevieve Jodhan, Executive Manager, International Sales and Marketing.
The Cask Collection is a testament to Don Carlos Siegert, son of the brand’s founder, who dreamt of making the “smoothest blend in the new world.”
No. 1 French Oak will be available in the U.S., Australia, France, Russia, UK and most European Union countries. The suggested retail price is $95-$100.