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Big wins for Mainbrace Rum in 2021 at several international spirits competitions

Mainbrace has picked up several gold and silver awards for its Navy Strength Rum and gold and bronze awards for its Premium Golden range.

Nearly two years since its launch in October 2019, Mainbrace Rum has picked up numerous awards in 2021 international spirits competitions, including:

  • A double gold award (Navy Strength) and a gold (Premium Golden) at the San Francisco Wine & Spirits Competition 2021

  • A gold for both Navy Strength and Premium Golden rums at the Rum & Cachaça Masters 2021 competition, chaired by The Spirits Business

  • A gold for the Navy Strength Rum at the World Rum Awards

  • A silver (Navy Strength) and bronze (Premium Golden) at the London Spirits Competition 2021.

Mainbrace stood out amongst the judges of the Rum & Cachaça Masters competition, who commented on the notes of “sponge cake and dark chocolate” and complimented the sweetness and slight dryness of the Mainbrace Premium Golden Rum’s blend. In the case of Mainbrace Navy Strength Rum, the judges commended its distinctive “elegant nose”, “bold and silky palate” and “nice vanilla sweetness with some dryness from the wood”.

At the World Rum Awards, judges commended Mainbrace Navy Strength Rum for being “softer than expected on the palate with notes of pear followed by strong tropical fruits of mango and melon” and for its “well-integrated flavours and fitting ABV”. They went on to comment on Mainbrace Premium Golden Rum, noting its “rounded palate with pronounced honeycomb and melon alongside a spicy undercurrent” and “overall complex flavour with grassier notes coming through”.

Richard Haigh, Co-Founder of Mainbrace Rum, commented: “We’re pleased to see our hard work paying off at this years’ competitions and have been overwhelmed by the judges’ positive feedback.”

Mainbrace Rum is available for purchase online from: https://www.mainbracerum.com/shop


About Mainbrace

Mainbrace is a premium golden rum, conceived in Falmouth, Cornwall, blended from two distinct rum styles - English Navy Rum from Guyana and French Agricole Rhum from Martinique.

As a smooth drink, with no additional sweeteners or colorings, Mainbrace Rum has received rave reviews and multiple global awards since its launch at RumFest in 2019.

The brand name comes from the naval term to "splice the mainbrace". In the days of sail the main mast was steadied, or braced, with a thick rope called the mainbrace. If it was cut by enemy fire in battle a team of naval ratings (sailors) had to splice the rope back together under enemy fire to save the ship and win the battle. As a reward for successfully achieving this herculean task the captain would order the ship’s pusser (purser) to issue a double ration of rum to the team of ratings as a toast to victory.

To ‘splice the mainbrace’ inevitably became a naval euphemism for an important celebration and was always accompanied with the toast ‘The King – God Bless Him’ or ‘The Queen – God Bless Her’.

Mainbrace Rum therefore embodies the spirit of celebrating a hard-won victory or a major success or celebration.

Drinking Mainbrace Rum

When tasting Mainbrace Premium Golden Rum, the nose is initially dominated with notes of dried fruits and toffee. Over time, it offers notes of sweet apple and spices. The pallet starts with grassy notes that quickly give way to caramel and toffee nuances. The finish is long and smooth with a subtle warming spiciness, making it an extremely well-balanced rum.

Mainbrace Navy Strength Rum is consistent with the Royal Navy Standard of 54.5%. This was the lowest alcohol content that would still allow gunpowder to light if it were soaked in the rum. The term “proof” comes from testing whether the rum was of a high enough ABV to light the wet gunpowder.

The nose begins with sweet woody aromas that eventually subside to dried fruits and caramel. The palate has an initial peppery spice that quickly become naturally sweet treacle notes with a hint of spiced vanilla.

Mainbrace Rum can be enjoyed both on its own or with a mixer (Ginger Ale or Tonic Water are recommended!) or in cocktails, a selection of which can be found on the website. (https://www.mainbracerum.com)

Guyana and Martinique

The Mainbrace blend starts with traditional Demerara Rum from Guyana, made from Molasses produced from sugar cane, grown on the banks of the Demerara river since the 17th century.

It is produced using the same methods and stills that have produced rum for the British Navy since 1732. We believe our rum speaks for itself, which is why there are no added sweeteners or colorings.

Mainbrace includes rum from 3 historic Guyanan stills, each aged for up to 5 years, and each bringing natural sweetness and a unique character to the blend.

  • The first part of the blend is from a double wooden pot still in Port Mourant, which has been making rum for the Royal Navy since the 19th century.

  • The second part is from the wooden Coffey still, which was originally found at the Enmore Sugar Estate. This is the last still of its kind in the world.

  • The third part comes from an original four column French Savalle still, dating back to the 18th century.

The Agricole Rhum used in the Mainbrace blend comes from La Favorite Distillery in Martinique, which was established in 1842 and is well-known for punchy Agricole Rhum even at low ABVs.

The initial earthy textures experienced when sipping Mainbrace Rum can be attributed to the Agricole Rhum. The distillery is powered on a closed loop system that uses the excess fibres (bagasse) of sugar cane to fuel its furnaces. These then create the steam to distil the Rhum. In fact, the last distillery in Martinique still working purely from steam.

Note to Editors:

If you would like to receive more information about Mainbrace Premium Golden Rum or Mainbrace Navy Strength Rum or need any high-resolution images, please contact Georgie Hackett at +44 (0)20 7389 9404 or email g.hackett@brand-dialogue.com

Mainbrace Premium Golden Rum is on sale for the retail price of £34.99. Mainbrace Navy Strength Rum retails for £44.99 on at a select group of distributors, including Master of Malt, Distoo, Drink Finder, The Rum Company, Amazon and The Whisky Exchange.

Alternatively, please email hello@mainbracerum.com to order your own bottle or visit https://www.mainbracerum.com/shop.

For more information, please visit www.mainbracerum.com.

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