Bundaberg Rum is one of Australia’s most iconic brands and best loved drinks. What’s so good about Bundy rum?
Where do the terms UP (Underproof) and OP (Overproof) come from? Before technology allowed a more scientific calculation, alcohol content was tested using gunpowder. Ordinary gunpowder was soaked with spirit and a match introduced. If the powder lit (i.e. exploded) the spirit was Overproof. If it didn’t, it was Underproof.
Bundaberg Rum History
In 1788, the First Fleet landed in Port Jackson. 100 years later in 1888, another noteworthy event occurred with the establishment of Bundaberg Rum, still going strong after more than 125 years.
The Spirit of Bundaberg Festival
Ask an Aussie about rum and you’ll be told about Bundaberg Rum. Bundy, that is. Originally beloved by drovers, farmers and diggers, today’s Bundy aficionados hail from all walks of life. And you’ll meet a great cross section of them at the annual Spirit of Bundaberg Festival.
- MDC Blenders Edition 2015
- MDC Small Batch Vintage Barrel
- The Famous Bundaberg Royal Liqueur – Banana and Toffee Flavour
- The Famous Bundaberg Royal Liqueur – Coffee and Chocolate Flavour
For tickets and further information see Bundaberg Festival
Bundaberg Rum Products
The original Bundaberg rum, crafted using the same processes as its 1888 predecessor, is alive and well after more than 125 years of production. Also known as “Liquid Gold” and – the truly Australian – “Cane Champagne”, Bundaberg Original UP is fermented, double distilled and aged for at least two years in hand made oak vats. Bundy OP has been around for just as long but is blended to extra strength to deliver a richer, more intense character (and higher alcohol volume).
Bundaberg Rum Flavour
So what does it taste like? As there are over 20 different variations on the original Bundaberg rum we’ll just focus on the flavour of our hero, Bundaberg Original UP. A light, golden colour, Bundaberg Original UP Rum’s flavour has been attributed to the “...deep green cane and rich soil used to create it.” Fermented from thick, sweet and syrupy molasses, Bundaberg rum is then double distilled and matured in American white oak casks for at least two years during which time the raw, fiery spirit mellows into a complex, smooth rum. It’s credited with a full, rich and distinctive taste.
Bundaberg Rum Tidbits
- The Bundaberg distillery was under military control during WWI to ensure that troops’ rum were prioritised over civilians’
- Rum rations were used as currency during WWI to reward soldiers for extra duties (and to treat shell shock)
- The first “Bundaberg and Cola” ready-to-drink bottle was produced by the distillery after American soldiers on R&R created the combination.
- There are over 280 American oak vats on site at the Bundaberg distillery, each costing around $100,000 to make and containing an average of 69,000 litres of maturing rum
- Bundaberg Rum was rationed in the early 1980s and nearly ran out of stock in 1997 due to an increase in sales beyond expectations.
- “Bundy” is one of Australia’s most popular spirits, accounting for one in every ten spirits consumed
- In 1889, around 5,500 cases of Bundaberg rum were produced each year. By 2013, that figure had grown to over 600,000.