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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Cognac Fernand and Friends Have Come up With an Overproof Rum for Punches and Cocktails

     Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum – a blend of rums from Guyana, Jamaica and Barbados bottled at 69% abv.   The rum has been created by Alexandre Gabriel, founder of brand owner Cognac Ferrand and master blender of Plantation Rum, with input from David Wondrich, a spirits and cocktail historian; Jeff ‘Beachbum’ Berry, proprietor of Latitude 29 in New Orleans; Martin Cate, proprietor of Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco; Paul McFadyen, proprietor of Trailer Happiness in London; Paul McGee, proprietor of Lost Lake in Chicago; and Scotty Schuder, proprietor of Dirty Dick in Paris.
     The rum, which was brainstormed over a “secret meeting” in New Orleans last summer when the group tasted a number of historical overproof rums and research samples, has been created for use in cocktails and punches.   The group gathered at Chateau de Bonbonnet in December 2015 to taste samples created by Gabriel, unanimously selecting the rum that would become Plantation O.F.T.D Overproof Rum.
The acronym O.F.T.D. stands for ‘Old Fashioned Traditional Dark’.   “At Maison Ferrand, I often feel that we are a team of misfits having fun,” said Gabriel. “With the O.F.T.D. band of rum geeks, I felt at home.
     “I will never forget the special moments we had creating this rum: the secret meeting at Arnaud’s, the week in Cognac, the many samples tasted and the discussions about the true nature of overproof rum spoken with the same gravitas and intensity of statesmen discussing peace treaties. And all the time we were having a ball!   “These special moments of communion with a talented and passionate team are the reason I love my job. These guys are my rum brothers for life.”

     Plantation O.F.T.D Overproof Rum is available across the US at a suggested price of $31.99.   Earlier this year, Cognac Ferrand released its pineapple-infused Plantation Rum, "Stiggin’s Fancy as a permanent annual limited edition in the United States following its successful debut last year