Truman and Orange, a Cape Town-based premium
spirits company, has launched Spytail Black Ginger Rum, a premium spiced rum
imported from France. Based on a 19th-century French tradition of ageing
Caribbean rum with fresh ginger and spices in the barrels, it is distilled in
the Caribbean and then aged, spiced and blended at a small family distillery in
the Cognac region of France.
Submarines of old inspire the name and the bottle’s round shape is based on a
bathysphere, a primitive form of submarine. The distillery where it is made is
located near the river Charente where some of the world’s first submarines were
built and tested.
The Spytail bottle has a porthole embossed on the front and back and hidden
within it are the coordinates of the final resting place of Jules Verne. The
navy blue and orange striped label, based on a French Naval signal flag, is
adorned with engineering details from original submarine designs. The heavy
stopper is crafted from metal and embossed with the words ‘Voyages Extraordinaires’,
a nod to underwater adventurers.
The new rum is available nationwide in liquor stores and bars and restaurants
in a 750 ml bottle, with 43% Vol Alc. and will be priced at approximately R350