Review: Drunken Hive Rum / by Jason Hambrey

Image Courtesy of Wayward Distillery.

Image Courtesy of Wayward Distillery.

15+ months; Ex-bourbon casks
100% BC honey
Distiller Wayward Distillery (Courtenay, BC)

This is a “rum” made from “honey” which is sourced from a family-run apiary in Northern BC called Golden Clover Apiary. The honey is clover “vacation honey” as it’s sourced from bees that are moved around to pollinate around BC all year but “vacation” in the summer amidst fields of clover.

This is made with water, honey, and a rum yeast and is essentially made in the same way as you would make a rum. It is then aged in ex-bourbon barrels for a number of months.

Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2021

  • Bottling Code: N/A

This stuff is absolutely fascinating. Honeycomb, dried apricot, peach jam, pecan pie, candied fruits, gummy bears, dried orange peel, pear, coconut, lemon drops, light smoke…it goes on and on. The palate is just as impressive – with honey caramel remaining at the core and light tannins, smoke, and custard adding layer upon layer of flavour. The finish is lightly oaky, sweet, floral, and full of dried stone fruit.

One of my favourite spirits of the year.

Assessment: Very Highly Recommended.