Newport Distilling Company’s robust overproof rum brings back a higher standard of spirit to the art form of cocktailing.

After 10 years of growing success and 13 plus states of distribution, the Newport Distilling Company, makers of Thomas Tew Single Barrel Rum, powers on in the revival of rum in Rhode Island adding another unique and rare spirit to their portfolio and the distillery world.

Handcrafted in Newport with flavorful blackstrap molasses and a single pot still, Widows Walk has a buttery nose up front followed by a grassy cane flavor and finishing with dark molasses notes. When scavenging for white rum in the market one often finds a spirit that is 60% water and 40% ABV, Widows Walk blows these specs out of the water with a hearty 67.5% ABV. This robust ABV brings forth more concentrated flavors allowing it to be balanced by a wider variety of modifiers used in cocktailing.

“There are lots of distillers making flavored rums and lower proof white rums. An overproof white rum is a unique expression that is focused on our meticulous process and the spirit itself.”
– Master Distiller Brent Ryan

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Newport Distilling Company Releases Widows Walk Overproof Rum

As for the name? In Newport’s rum heyday, life on the sea was not for the faint of heart. When ships left port, there was little guarantee of when or if they would return. Because of this, ship’s owners and crew members’ loved ones used small structures on the top of harbor side houses to look out for the safe return of their ships. These structures eventually became known as “widows walks” as too often the ships, and the mariners on them, never returned.
The untamed flavors of this unaged white rum bring back the spirit of the bold sailors that put it all on the line to seek their fortunes. Distribution of Widows Walk began last week and spans across RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD,DC, SC, GA, FL, and IL. Widows Walk is packaged in 1 liter bottles and the suggested retail value is $35.

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