The Illegal Tender Rum Co
From 1787, and for the first three decades of Australia’s history, rum was an unofficial form of tender in Australia. However, in 1808 the Governor of New South Wales, William Bligh, ordered that rum be made an Illegal Tender.
Our name and our spirits pay homage to that time in Australian history and our 230 year love affair with rum.
Our premium spirits are lovingly crafted, by Master Distiller Codie Palmer, in small batches using only high quality Australian ingredients.
We're very proud of the international acclaim we've received so far with nine medals in less than two years.
To make our award-winning smooth, premium rum we use only dark brown cane sugar. This is unusual because it is a more expensive ingredient. Most other rums are distilled from cheaper, sour and harsher tasting molasses. We are passionate about producing the best spirits we can and believe you can't cut corners on quality.
The spirits are distilled twice at our purpose built little distillery in Dongara, Western Australia. They are then spiced with twenty botanicals, including native Australian bush tucker: Kakadu Plum, Lemon Myrtle, Quandong, Wild Rosella and Wattleseed.
These high quality ingredients all blend beautifully to create a pure palate of flavour, a uniquely Australian taste and a premium quality spirit.
The fresh tasting '1808 Barely Legal' is bottled straight way, the 'Spiced' is mellowed for a while in Ex-Shiraz French Oak barrels (from a famous Margaret River winemaker) to infuse that traditional charred oak colouring and flavour. Our soon to be released 'Rum' is aged for at least two years in the same barrels.
Whichever spirit you choose, the result is a naturally sweet and smooth spirit, that can be enjoyed on its own over ice, with your favourite mixer, or as a special base to your favourite rum cocktail.
Our 35%ABV Spiced spirit is aged in Ex-Shiraz French Oak barrels (from a famous Margaret River winemaker) to infuse that traditional charred oak colouring. The aged Spiced has been awarded a Bronze at the IWSC in 2017, Silver and Platinum at the SIP in 2017, and a Gold medal at the 2017 Chinese Wine and Spirit Awards.
1808 Barely Legal
The 40% ABV 1808 Barely Legal is fresh, fragrant and slightly higher in alcohol content. 1808 received the award of a Bronze medal at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, a Silver medal at the 2017 International Wine & Spirit Competition, and a Gold medal at the 2017 Chinese Wine and Spirit Awards.