Illegal Tender Rum Co.

What's in a name? Naming a company takes a lot of thought and research, too long and people forget you, too short and you become a slang word faded out of meaning.

After a touch of research we came across a couple of interesting facts about rum.

From 1787 to 1824 Rum reigned supreme as Australia’s form of tender, it was bartered with and used as a form of payment for all types of workers and items. Many famous Australian landmarks of this time, were bought and built with Rum as the main currency. In 1824 the acting Governor of the time ordered that rum be made an Illegal form of Tender. Our Name is our way to pay homage to that time in Australian history, by taking on the name Illegal Tender Rum Co.

An all Australian company seeking to produce the finest all Australian small batch rum. With all proceeds being KEPT in Australia.

The Dream...

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Illegal Tender Rum Co started out as just a dream, something the owner never thought would happen.

A chance encounter with a mad man for rum, Codie had the confidence to go it alone and sell all of his assets to finance his dream - To be a boutique rum distillery in the heart of the Mid-West.

This made for some difficult and exciting times as the comfortable day job he'd once had became a distant memory as the new premise was constructed with suppliers being sourced and local freight companies found, as it became apparent the Mid-West is one of the only places to charge freight on a haircut.

That did not stop him though and with all this happening he was STILL tinkering away at a recipe that would be fit for the masses.

Not just any rum was going to be bottled, Codie wanted a Rum that is smooth enough to be sipped during winter next to a roaring fire but also a mixer you can enjoy down the beach with friends.

All the while taking 1 step forward but 8 steps back with the challenges of being an entrepreneur coming with a few punches, as he wasn't one of the big boys just yet.

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Today almost 18 months later we have available the first offering from Illegal Tender Rum Co which we have affectionately named SPICED. We sold out in the first month of sales with the SPICED with some of the batch bottles making their way around Australia to sit proudly in many display cabinets.

We are now biding our time with our rum barrels as they sit quietly in the background observing their little sister go out and explore the world of bottle shops and online sales, as they still have a few months left of aging to be able to call the spirit Rum. Come April 2018 though break out the glasses as we will have the first ever rum from the distillery available!

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