Cockspur Rum

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Cockspur Rum is a rum beverage from the Eastern Caribbean island nation of Barbados. It has been produced by Hanschell Inniss Ltd. since 1884. It has a rooster as its emblem.
Barbados is the country of origin of rumbullion, as it was originally called in the 18th century. Danish merchant Valdemar Hanschell established a liquor store in the 19th century where the rum was first distilled. Cockspur blends its rum while aging it in oak barrels, and it contains forty percent alcohol by volume.
The rum won the "International Wine and Spirit Competition's" Gold Medal in 1981, 1984, and 1989. listed Cockspur among its "Top 20 rated rums in the world".
Hanschell Inniss sponsored a three-year deal between 1987 and 1990 with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to sponsor the National Club Championship. This was renamed the "Cockspur Cup" for 2004.

COCKSPUR Rum has been making the party happen since 1884, when Danish seaman Valdemar Hanschell created COCKSPUR Rum in Barbados.

Valdemar Hanschell was a Dutch seaman who settled in Barbados, which was one of the biggest shipping ports in the Caribbean at the time. Valdemar Hanschell's business and COCKSPUR's popularity started booming and COCKSPUR Rum soon became the best-selling rum in Barbados.
While Valdemar Hanschell may have been the mastermind behind COCKSPUR Rum, he left the crafting of this special beach-aged rum to the Stade brothers. The Stade brothers shared his vision of making flavourful Caribbean rum that was free of the impurities which was common to many other spirits at the time.

The Stade Brothers established the West Indies Rum Distillery where COCKSPUR Rum is made, right next to a pure coral filtered water aquifer. The Distillery is located on Brighton Beach, just north of the Barbados' capital city, Bridgetown. This location provides the perfect ambience for creating COCKSPUR Rum.
The Stades brothers improved the rum-making process by mastering the complexities of the beach-front fermentation process and by introducing the first continuous column still to Barbados.
This revolutionary continuous column still allowed the Stade Brothers to consistently produce the flavourful, dry, crisp, and "cleaner" COCKSPUR Rum that many have come to know and love.

Throughout the years, COCKSPUR Rum has stayed true to the traditional processes that make this rum unique. These include using only the purest coral-filtered water from the nearby aquifer as well as carefully selected barrels. The rum is then aged under warm Caribbean sunshine and fresh ocean breezes at our beach-side distillery.
COCKSPUR Rum is known worldwide for its unquestionable heritage, strong body, rich colour and smooth flavour.
Over the years COCKSPUR Rum has won many international spirit competition medals and, more recently, a Double Gold medal at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition. COCKSPUR Rum is a also member of the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers Association and has been certified as an Authentic Caribbean Rum.

One other tradition which COCKSPUR Rum has maintained is its colourful rooster icon.The COCKSPUR Rooster has proudly represented the COCKSPUR brand at nightclubs and events everywhere and continues to be the life of the party, just as it was over 125 years ago.

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