Hans Reisetbauer is widely recognized as one of the world’s great farmer-distillers, relentless in his pursuit of innovation and perfection since he began distilling in 1994. With his latest project, Austria’s preeminent master of eau de vie has turned his vision to arguably the oldest spirit of all: rum.
Made using Fair Trade-certified molasses from Mauritius and aged in part using wine casks from Pichon-Longueville in Bordeaux, the spirit is ultimately blended with Caribbean rums from Jamaica, Guyana, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Venezuela. “The biggest story for us,” says Hans, “is the story of taste and flavor. And we have a taste and flavor – so many different flavors – that nobody else has. It’s a rum like an extremely high-quality wine. You open the bottle, you put it in the glass, you philosophize.”