|The Flying Dutchman by Albert Pinkham Ryder
c. 1887 (Smithsonian American Art Museum)
The Flying Dutchman Rum is crafted at the Zuidam Distillery. Zuidam Distillers still creates their products in the traditional artisanal way. All ingredients are 100% natural and are carefully selected and processed into the most beautiful products in the family owned and run distillery. All recipes are designed by father Fred and son Patrick van Zuidam.
As they say on their website ‘Painting With Flavors is Art’ and they do know their business not only with whisky, liqueurs, genevers and korenwijns, but also their rums are delicious. We got the possibility to taste the Flying Dutchman Rum and also the Flying Dutchman Premium Dark Rum No.3, aged for minimum of 3 years next to each other.
Zuidam distilled the first rum in Europe from pure sugarcane molasses. Fermentation happens in small batches on a low temperature and takes minimal of 2 weeks. This is longer then normal but they want to go for the more delicate notes. After the fermentation the rum is distilled three times in small handmade copper stills. Most rums elsewhere are produced by large column stills, and this craft distilling on a smaller scale ads to the flavor profile. The rum is matured on small oak casks. The white rum is matured for a minimal of 6 months and the aged rum is matured minimal 1 year.