Angostura Limited, Trinidad’s only rum distiller has recently redesigned their international portfolio of rums to better reflect the brands the exquisite quality.

The new design includes the signature of the Dr. J.G.B. Seigert, the founder of Angostura, sugar cane stalks, a butterfly, and a map of Trinidad.

The “Art Deco” influenced design of the bottles and labels is reminiscent of the 1930’s; an era when U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Good Neighbor policy made Caribbean Rum the spirit of choice in the United States.

Their three premium rums, Angostura 1919, Angostura 1824, and Angostura 7 Year Old have all been packaged in new bottles with thick glass bases; a throwback to an era when a bottles ability to not fall over on a moving ship was an asset.

angostura premium line-up

Rum Blogger The cocktail wonk recently searched a U.S. government website that deals with approvals for labels on products being imported and discovered on the horizon a Super Premium Rum from Angostura.

ANGOSTURA 1787 – 15 Year Old Rum

Angostura 1787 label

Angostura 1787 is expected in late 2016 and will be the first of its kind from Angostura.

In the past, Angostura has released limited edition rums like No. 1 French; a rum aged in bourbon casks before being allowed to mature further in French Oak casks, and Siegert’s 190; a nod to the first rum made by the Siegert family, Siegerts Bouquet.

Angostura No 1 French cask rum

More than likely, Angostura 1787 will not be a limited edition rum but rather a permanent addition to the Angostura line up and will allow the brand to more effectively increase market share.

Just like with 1919 and 1824, 1787 is a significant date for Angostura.

1824 is the year that Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert began to sell Angostura Bitters. It was also the last year for Navigation Laws that protected British West Indian Sugar prices in England.

Angostura 1919 is so-named because after a fire in 1932, which destroyed the Government Rum Bond, the master blender of Fernandes Distillers, J.B. Fernandes, bought the charred casks, only to discover they had been filled in the year 1919.

angostura 1919

What’s the significance of 1787?

In the year 1787, a European chemist figured how to get sugar from beets.

The ability to grow sugar beets in Europe made sugar cane a less important and less profitable crop.

The only product of the sugar cane industry that could not have been replaced with a substitute from the sugar beet industry was rum.

The surplus sugar in the market meant that more rum could be produced, and the additional rum could now be aged for longer periods resulting in mellow spirits with better flavour and aroma.

Stay tuned for the release on Angostura 1787, and follow The Cocktail Wonk for the latest rum news and reviews.