This range had been named after a good looking man Bill McCoy. He was a legendary Prohibition-era smuggler. Bill McCoy used to build yachts at the start of the 20th Century. He was very good at it, but the economy took a bad turn and he had to diversify.
He didn’t really agree with prohibition and in January of 1920, he started rumrunning. He must have been very good at that too, as soon he became public enemy number 1. And he never even broke the law, as he anchored his boat in international waters!
One of the reasons Roy became so famous is that he never adulterated his spirits, unlike the other rumrunners…so people started to call his products, The Real McCoy
Founders Bailey and Jennifer Pryor were producing a documentary on this interesting gentleman rumrunner when they stumbled on a photo of a rum barrel customs stamp that led them to Barbados. None other than Richard Seale of the legendary Barbados distillery, Foursquare, agreed to recreate a similar style of rum and the rest is history.
Bailey won 5 Emmy awards for the documentary. You can watch the movie using the following link: http://www.realmccoyspirits.com/movie
The Real McCoy 3 yr old – 40%
- Color: Bright
- Nose: Spicy, creamy delicate, coconut smooth, a tropical, salty sea breeze, buttercream, fudge and soft toffee
- Taste: Vanilla cream, fruity, smooth, anise, delicate, sticky, caramel, salty, pepper, white chocolate influenced by coconut rasp
- Finish: long, sticky and lingering
The Real McCoy 5 yr old – 40%
- Color: Sweet Amber
- Nose: Sweet, red fruit overload, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and hints of peaches, vanilla, smooth, salty and far away hints of coconuts and cardamom
- Taste: Spicy and small needles on the tongue, love it. Bit dry, vanilla, raisins, warm cherry cake, peaches, banana and walnuts in the back
- Finish: Dry and lip-licking good
The Real McCoy 12 yr old – 40%
- Color: Dark amber
- Nose: Coffee beans, toffee, spicy runs into the nose, a bomb of fruity flavours, vanilla and a sweet complexity.
- Taste: Mello, lovely warm, smooth and a sweet complex with caramel, fudge, a fruit bowl of explosions.
- Finish: Smooth, a bit dry in the end
The Real McCoy Distiller’s Proof – 46%
- Color: Nice golden
- Nose: Apricot, lime, peach, peppers, caramel, nuts, ginger, spicy, maple syrup, caramel and small hints of figs
- Taste: Very smooth, fresh, brown sugar, squeezed lime, with a wave of saltiness
- Finish: Tingling and goosebumps
The Real McCoy Limited Edition – 46%
- Color: Dark amber
- Nose: Soft, spiciness coming through, summer flowers, coffee, toffee, pineapples, sweet, salty and hints of a lot of tropical influences and lavender
- Taste: Fresh, coffee, white chocolate, lavender, sultana’s, lemon, lime, citrus, smooth and an amazing mouthfeel, basil, oranges, mandarin
- Finish: Smooth, warm and lingering
And the guy on the left? That is the legendary Bill McCoy, the legendary Prohibition-era smuggler.
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