A recent award winner from this year’s WSWA Convention was the brand portfolio from Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum. Hand crafted on the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Kitts, their mission is simple – to make the best tasting flavored rums in the world. The results have been award-winning rums that even the non-rum drinker can mix with and love.
The family business began on the island of St. Kitts in 1986 when Bob Brinley, now chairman of Brinley Gold Rum, setup an electronics plant to manufacture his temperature sensors on the island. After 20 years Bob’s medical supply plant had to close down on St. Kitts. Looking for ways to stay on the island they had grown to love, the Brinley’s decided to try something brand new: rum.
In 2002, Zach Brinley, Bob’s son, left Wall Street to become president of his father’s entrepreneurial adventure into spirits. Brinley Gold Rum blended and market edits first batch of vanilla rum and started selling on the island that very same year. Within months, the vanilla rum had won two gold medals at the International Rum Festival in Newfoundland, Canada, and quickly emerged as a favorite among tourists and locals alike in the Caribbean. Coffee, Mango, and Coconut would soon follow along in the line of award-winning, all-natural, flavored rums.
This past spring, the brand also won double gold medals and a silver at the 25th annual WSWA wine and spirits convention in Orlando, Florida.
From the very beginning, the entire Brinley family knew they had produced something very special. They went store-to-store, bar-to-bar in person, offering free tastes at every possible opportunity. In 2005, Opici, a well-known and established New York / New Jersey distributor was the first to pick up the brand and helping the company grow tremendously over the next six years.
In 2011, after years in the making, the company launched Brinley Shipwreck Spiced Rum, a four-year-old aged rum with natural vanilla, nutmeg, orange, clove and exotic island spices. The recipe is dedicated to an actual British troop ship that sunk off the St. Kitts’ coast in 1782. Shipwreck Spiced as well as all the flavored rums continue to convert even traditional non-rum drinkers into die-hard fans. Premium ingredients are the brand’s trademark, turning Brinley Gold Rum into an international success and a “top-shelf” brand in the United States.
- 1 part Shipwreck Coconut Rum
- 1 part Pineapple Juice
- 1 part coconut water
- Dash Triple Sec
- Squeeze Fresh lime Juice
Directions: Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously then pour into Collins glass.
Stormy & Shipwreck
- 1 part Shipwreck Spiced Rum
- 2 parts ginger beer (we like Barritts)
- 1 part grapefruit juice
- Dash of orange bitters
- 1 lime
Combine rum, bitters, grapefruit and lime juice in a shaker. Fill with ice and shake well. Pour into a glass. Top off with ginger beer.
Credits: Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum