Our island, Our terroir, Our rum

Penny Blue Single Estate Mauritian Rum is distilled from the molasses of our home-grown sugar canes, carefully matured in oak and bottled at the Medine Estate on the tropical Island of Mauritius.

A true expression of our terroir, Penny Blue can proudly claim to be an authentic Single Estate Mauritian Rum.

Our story

In 1847 Sir William Gomm was made Governor of Mauritius. His first task was to improve the Mauritian Postal system and enable Mauritius to have its own locally produced stamps.

The Governor commissioned a local engraver named Barnard to produce 500 one penny and 500 two pence postage stamps (the famous Penny Blue).

Coincidently, at that time, Lady Gomm was hosting a fancy dress ball and wanted to use the new stamps to send the invitation cards.

An iconic symbol of Mauritius is born

Honoured by his task, the engraver rushed to his work shop but forgot the wording for the left side of the stamp. He went to ask the postmaster but as he came to the building, he read “Post Office" on the shop front. Believing these were the right words for the stamp, he dashed back to his workshop to finish the design.

Just before sending the cards, the mistake was spotted. But as Lady Gomm was eager to send the invitations there was no time to re-engrave the plate with the usual “Post Paid" inscription.

From the 500 Penny Blues produced, only 12 are believed to be in existence today. In 1993, at an auction, a Penny Blue Stamp was sold for $1.4 million dollars. That makes it one of the world's most expensive stamps and one of Mauritius most iconic symbols...

Source: The Stamps of Mauritius by Christian Le Comte

Located on the West of Mauritius, nestled between the mountains and the azure sea, Medine distillery has been producing rum since 1926, making it the oldest working distillery in Mauritius.

The distillery is at the heart of our sugar estate where, once a year, our juicy sugar canes are harvested to produce our precious molasses. It is from these that Penny Blue rum is distilled.

And because it’s also bottled here, Penny Blue can proudly claim to be authentic Mauritian Single Estate rum. Each bottle is hand-dipped with our distinctive wax seal on the estate.

Doug McIvor from Berry Bros. & Rudd, the world’s oldest wine and spirit merchant, and Jean Francois Koenig, Master Distiller from Medine Distillery, combine their expertise to select each of the individual casks when at the very peak of their maturity.

They taste their way through samples to identify exceptional casks before combining them to produce the best possible results in terms of aroma, flavour and finish.

Our Rum

Single Estate Mauritian Rum

Penny Blue rums are famed for their smooth, fruity complexity and as a real expression of its Mauritian terroir. Distilled in column stills, our Penny Blue rum collection is drier in style and less syrupy than Caribbean rum. 

Our rum is completely natural in colour and never chill filtered, in order to preserve the heart of the rum in its truest form.

VSOP SINGLE ESTATE MAURITIAN RUM

Penny Blue VSOP is Medine Distillery’s first VSOP release. Made from the finest Single Estate sugar cane, VSOP is aged in ex Cognac, Bourbon and Whisky barrels before being blended by Master Distiller Jean-Francois Koenig and Doug McIvor from Berry Bros & Rudd. 

The VSOP retains the characteristic complexity of Penny Blue rums, but is more approachable than the award winning Penny Blue XO and Single Cask releases. Fruity and complex, VSOP can be enjoyed neat or as part of rum cocktails. 

VSOP

Tasting notes

ABV:
40%
Colour:
Deep and enticing amber.
Nose:
Marmalade, melon skin and cloves.
Palate:
Soft and luxuriant with hints of glazed fruits, cedar wood and spices.

Facts for the collector

  • A blend of 75% Cognac, 15% Bourbon and 10% Whisky.
  • Aged for a minimum of 4 years.
  • Awarded Gold Medal – Concours de Bruxelles Mondial, Spirits Selection.
  • Available in the UK and Mauritius.

What Others Say About Penny Blue VSOP

‘Dry and woody, yet rich with enlivening spice. This is a true, honest and characterful rum for real rum drinkers’

Difford's Guide

XO SINGLE ESTATE MAURITIAN RUM

Created in small batches, each one with its own personality, Penny Blue rum is matured on the estate and is, by definition, rare and finite.

Every batch is unique although there is continuity in overall style to retain the rich, smooth, fruity complexity that makes this single estate Rum a real expression of its Mauritian terroir.

PENNY BLUE XO #004

Tasting notes

ABV:
43.3%
Colour:
Amber with golden highlights.
Nose:
Tropical fruits, hints of eucalyptus and wood spice, citrus and vanilla.
Palate:
Nicely textured and succulent with some balancing wood spice dryness to the finish.

Facts for the collector

  • Limited release of 10,000 bottles for sale internationally excl. the USA.  
  • Matured in ex-Whisky casks (66%) and ex-Bourbon casks (34%).
  • The oldest rum in this blend is vintage 2003, thus 11 years old.
  • Awarded Gold Medal – Rum Masters 2015, The Spirits Business.

PENNY BLUE XO #003

Tasting notes

ABV:
42.4%
Colour:
Amber with golden highlights.
Nose:
Deep orange citrus notes over a carpet of oak spice with outcrops of honey, treacle toffee and menthol.
Palate:
Beautifully integrated with a graceful honeyed texture. Citrus fruitiness weaves a path through soft vanilla.

Facts for the collector

  • Limited release of 5000 bottles at Mauritius exclusively.
  • 18 casks used - ex-Whisky (17%), ex-Bourbon (28%) and ex-Cognac casks (55%).
  • The vintages are from 2003 and 2009, thus the oldest is 10 years old and the youngest 4 years old.

PENNY BLUE XO #002

Tasting notes

ABV:
43.2%
Colour:
Deep amber with golden highlights.
Nose:
Tropical fruits with hints of eucalyptus, orange marmalade and rich oriental spices.
Palate:
Round and balanced, soft with creamy oak, rich orange peel and crème caramel.

Facts for the collector

  • 7000 bottles worldwide.
  • 22 casks used – ex-Whisky (30%), ex-Cognac (30%) and ex-Bourbon casks (30%).
  • We have added 10% of the award winning batch #1 into batch #2.
  • The oldest rum in this batch is 11 years old.
  • Rated 5+/5 and 'outstanding' by diffordsguide 2014 - read the review
  • Awarded Gold Medal – in World Rum Awards 2015 - read the review

PENNY BLUE XO #001

Tasting notes

ABV:
44.1%
Colour:
Deep amber with golden highlights.
Nose:
Soft citrus, delicate wood tannins, tropical fruits, orange blossom, rich espresso coffee notes, salted ham with cloves and honey glaze…
Palate:
Beautifully balanced, smooth and complex with citrus, tropical fruits, nutty aromas with hints of vanilla.

Facts for the collector

  • Only 5900 bottles worldwide
  • 14 casks hand selected – 10 Whisky casks (from our 2003 and 2009 vintages) & 4 Cognac casks (from our 2008 vintage)
  • The oldest rum in this batch is 10 years old and the youngest is 4 years old
  • Awarded Gold Medal – Rum Masters 2014, The Spirits Business

What Others Say About Penny Blue XO

There is a noticeable difference between the batches, which for me makes the proposition all the more collectible.

Rumming on Penny Blue XO #4

The oak ageing is very evident, but the rum still remains very fresh and vibrant tasting. It is for me beautifully aged.

Fat Rum Pirate on Penny Blue XO #4

‘The blend of different cask finishes (Cognac, Whisky and Bourbon) and the range of ages going in to the blend produce a finished product that is complex in taste’.

Floating Rum Shack on Penny Blue XO #4

‘XO #2 is definitely a worthwhile indulgence and I am hopeful of finding another bottle to add to my collection of fine rums’.

Rum Howler Blog on Penny Blue XO #2

SINGLE CASK MAURITIAN RUM

Penny Blue Single Cask #28 is rum from a single cask. This cask was selected for its exceptional quality from within the Medine Distillery reserves by Master Distiller Jean-Francois Koenig.

Rare, with only 197 bottles released, Penny Blue Single Cask is truly special. Penny Blue Single Cask is non-chillfiltered and natural in colour.

SINGLE CASK #28

Tasting notes

ABV:
45%
Colour:
Deep amber.
Nose:
Deep and inviting with tropical fruit, vanilla, toffee and sandalwood. Complex with zesty citrus.
Palate:
Luxuriant and creamy textured with vanilla, spice and balanced oak tannins.

Facts for the collector

  • Only 197 Bottles released
  • Bottled in 2006 and thus 9 years old
  • Selected from a single bourbon cask

What Others Say About Penny Blue Single Cask

This single cask offering reveals more of the intensity and depth a cask can achieve… In short – I’d be very happy for a bottle for Christmas please.

Floating Rum Shack

I am surprised at how intense the nose is and how the Master Distiller has managed to get such intensity from a column distilled product… the finish on the Penny Blue is also a bit of a highlight – it’s very long lasting with lovely sweet aged oaky notes and gentle spices which really warms the palate.

Fat Rum Pirate

Cocktails

Simple serves to try at home

Signature serves for the more adventurous drinker

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Penny Blue Rum is produced by Medine Distillery Co. Ltd

Bottled by Medine Rum Ltd, Bambous, Republic of Mauritius

PENNY BLUE IS A BRAND OF THE INDIAN OCEAN RUM COMPANY, A PROUD PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN MEDINE AND BERRY BROS. & RUDD SPIRITS.

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