The first spirit Americans drank was Rum. The rum was distilled domestically from molasses (the by-product of sugar production) shipped from the British colonies in the tropics. These early Americans used rum for imbibing as well as currency. The first distillery on record in this country (c 1664), was located on present day Staten Island – it produced rum. Unfortunately, the domestic rum industry dried up when the British imposed the Molasses Tax. Farmers then began moving west, growing grains and distilling whiskey. The Noble Experiment NYC seeks to bring native rum back to the US. We are super excited about our first baby – Owney’s NYC Rum — a distinctive, complex, dry white rum made from high quality/sugar content, all-natural, non-GMO molasses.