Penny Blue Rum

Penny Blue XO Single Estate Mauritian Rum

Penny Blue XO 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.

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.

About the name

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 USD 1.4 million dollars. That makes it one of the world’s most expensive stamps and one of Mauritius most iconic symbols…

The Distillery

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.

The Rum Makers

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.