MONTANYA DIS­TILLERS

West of 105 Magazine - - Drinking & Dining -

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Montanya owner Karen Hoskin has a slightly more ex­otic and ex­act story than most about her dis­till­ing epiphany: she fell in love with rum in In­dia in 1988. Even more specif­i­cally, she says it was while walk­ing down the frozen Zan­skar River in Ladakh, In­dia, fu­eled by yak but­ter and Old Monk Rum, the noble spirit, as she de­scribes it.

Twenty years later, in 2008, af­ter brand build­ing for other com­pa­nies through her own de­sign com­pany, she thought it was time to make some rum. Her phi­los­o­phy is sim­ple: pure, raw in­gre­di­ents that are grown by farm­ers with­out pes­ti­cides or ge­netic mod­i­fi­ca­tion. In April 2018, Montanya re­leased a lim­ited 10th an­niver­sary rum called Aniver­saria that had been aged in three dif­fer­ent Colorado bar­rels. Cur­rently Montanya pro­duces four rums and 12 dif­fer­ent rum-based cock­tail bit­ters.

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