Obsessively crafted, Pot distilled, Single Barrel American Rum
We make the rum that we love to drink: barrel aged, smooth and not sweet, low on funky esters, and full of flavors that are naturally produced not added. Turns out we’re not alone. Since 2008, Montanya Rums have earned 24 gold, silver and double-gold medals, including “Best Rum in the World” at the World Rum Awards and “USA Rum of the Year” at the Berlin International Spirits Competition. We think the secret to our rum’s success lies in the quality, American ingredients in every bottle and our commitment to time-honored, high-mountain traditions.
When we started making rum in the mountains, we got a few (okay, many) raised eyebrows. Doesn’t rum come from the Caribbean? Isn’t it meant for the beach?
Not always. Our founder Karen Hoskin discovered the high-mountain tradition of rum making many years ago, in Guatemala. Mountain rum is actually a longstanding tradition.
Well-respected rum makers in Guatemala, Colombia and Panama actually carry their rums into the mountains to age.
At altitude, daily and seasonal changes in temperature and barometric pressure force more rum in and out of the oak barrels, allowing it to age more effectively.
This means more flavor characteristics in the wood transfer into the spirit.
Thankfully, our home in Crested Butte, Colorado is nearly 9,000 feet above sea level. Our rums benefit from the effects of altitude without our having to carry the barrels up the mountain!
We batch distill in the mountains using alembic copper pot stills over open flames, following in the footsteps of the earliest rum makers. These traditions add something hard to measure but so central to the way we make unique, American rum: the human element. Because distilling is more than a science. It’s also an art.
A Best for the World Company
We love rum. We love our planet and community more. We’ve built an international rum company to be a force for good, enabling our staff to thrive, helping steward our community, and leading our industry in sustainability and social responsibility. Through these efforts, we’ve been recognized as a certified B Corp and a Best for the World company—we’re honored to be part of a global movement balancing profit with purpose.
Planet Before Profit
Recreation and the outdoors power our Colorado community. All we need to do is step out the front door and take in the view to remember our responsibility to care for this place and this planet.
That’s why our facilities are 100% wind powered, we offset carbon production, and our bottle supplier is certified Cradle to Cradle—among many other practices.
Some people wonder if gender diversity is still an issue. Just ask our founder Karen, who’s been mistaken for an assistant, ignored in certain board rooms, and whose ability to drive a fork lift still surprises so many people. She’s made a point of creating opportunities for women and minorities.
In this day and age, defining community can be mind bending.
There’s the immediate community where we distill and age rum. There’s also the global community that we touch when we ship our rum, travel for work or play, or connect online.
Our philanthropic efforts reflect that reality.
Locally, we support organizations that work in the arts, outdoor recreation, cancer support, sexual assault prevention and food security (among others).
On a broader scale, we support two social entrepreneurship companies that actively work to reduce carbon emissions and pollution worldwide.
As with environmental sustainability and racial equality, we always feel like we could do more and we’re constantly evolving our role in every community we touch.
“Through sustainable production and community minded business practices, Montanya continues to raise the bar as a true industry leader. It’s not only exceptional rum; it’s exceptional rum with heart. ”
— Christy Howery, ADI