Rolling Fork Spirits is an independent blender and bottler of rums sourced from distilleries around the world. Established in 2016 to address a lack of high-end rums on American shelves, co-founders Jordan Morris, an attorney and whiskey writer born and raised in Kentucky, and Turner Wathen, a sales executive with a 200 plus-year family legacy of American whiskey production, deliver adventurous spirits reflecting the history, complexity, and variety of the world’s finest rums married with the traditions of American whiskey. Operating out of the Starlight Distillery in Starlight, Indiana, and named for the old Rolling Fork Distillery established in 1788 by Henry Hudson Wathen, a descendant of Turner’s, Rolling Fork Spirits crafts rums and spirit blends for rum and whiskey lovers alike.
Unlike many independent bottlers, Rolling Fork imports well-aged rum which they then continue aging in uninsulated whiskey rickhouses to achieve elevated expressions. All secondary maturation by Rolling Fork takes place in Indiana on the Knobstone Escarpment, a limestone bluff 900 feet above sea level which overlooks the Ohio River Valley. While only 20 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky, and therefore experiencing a comparable climate during the day, the escarpment’s elevation and proximity to the river result in rapid temperature and barometric pressure fluctuations. These conditions, in turn, affect pressure within the barrel, creating dynamic interaction with the wood and defining Rolling Fork’s maturation style.
With nearly two dozen cask types of varied toast and char levels—from all manner of American whiskey to sherry to port wine—Rolling Fork influences already beautifully defined spirits by choosing finishing barrels that complement the character of each rum. When the rums are fully realized, they are bottled at cask strength without additives or chill filtration.
Jordan and Turner honor the fine traditions of American whiskey making through the blending and finishing of rums that meet American whiskey standards and live up to the Wathen family motto of “No Finer Spirits.”
Aged rum produced by Rolling Fork Spirits in Starlight, Indiana. Pot and column distilled from molasses by Foursquare Distillery in Barbados. Aged a total of 9 years; Aged tropically for 8 years in ex-bourbon barrels. Finished for 12–24 months aged in Rolling Fork casks that included wheated bourbon, high-rye bourbon, rye whiskey, and toasted bourbon casks. No additives or coloring. On the nose, vanilla and citrus meet with faint oak and baking spice. The palate echoes the nose with the addition of toasted coconut, cedar, and dark, red fruit. Non-chill filtered; bottled at a cask strength of 54.7% ABV (ABV varies batch to batch).
The legendary Foursquare Distillery has been producing some of the finest rums in not only Barbados, but the world. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Rolling Fork utilizes wheated bourbon, high-rye bourbon, rye whiskey, and toasted bourbon casks to finish this robust and bombastic spirit, each finishing cask imparting unique qualities which influence the rum with a wide spectrum of American whiskey profiles.
- Bottle Size750
- RegionNew World
- Country of OriginBarbados
- Cask StrengthYes
- BottlerRolling Fork