Coconut Cartel Introduces Coconut Cartel Blanco, Its Inaugural White Rum Blend

The concoction is a tribute to the brand’s homage to Latin American agriculture.

Coconut Cartel proudly unveiled its latest masterpiece: Coconut Cartel Blanco. This exclusive blend, a fusion of locally sourced coconuts and sugarcane from the Dominican Republic, stands alone as the sole brand to incorporate fresh coconut water in the rum-proofing process. The outcome is a unique and invigorating flavor profile, poised to redefine the white rum category with its authenticity and innovation. This extraordinary blend has been meticulously crafted by the sibling-duo, Dani and Mike Zig, exclusively for discerning rum enthusiasts like you.

Coconut Cartel’s white rum blend is made from 100% estate-grown sugarcane juice without added sugar or flavoring. The rum is a mix of unaged pot from the distillery’s sugarcane farms in the Dominican Republic and one-year-old column still rum aged in American White oak ex-bourbon barrels. It’s not a flavored coconut rum, but instead, Coconut Cartel Blanco’s blend is cut to proof with fresh coconut water from locally harvested Brazilian Green Dwarf coconuts, resulting in a rich and balanced flavor with a smooth profile.

The brand will celebrate the launch of its first portfolio expansion from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on May 23 at Over Under, 151 E Flagler St. in Miami.

“I’m captivated by the diverse and intricate nature of artisanal pot still white rums, particularly cane spirits like Mexican Charanda, Brazilian Cachaca and Rhum Agricole,” Dani Zig says, Co-Founder of Coconut Cartel. “This fascination inspired us to craft our own white rum blend, aimed at acquainting enthusiasts and curious consumers with the array of funky flavor profiles in a delightful and accessible manner. At the heart of our bespoke creation lies our unique coconut waterproofing method, a vital component to ensuring our blend’s unrivaled smoothness and approachability. Leveraging coconut water’s rich mineral and salt content, we mitigate any harsh bitterness or “burn” typical of high-proof rums while enhancing the vibrant flavor nuances exclusive to these high-ester spirits. The outcome? A white rum that retains its bold character while delivering an exceptionally smooth and gratifying drinking experience.”

Coconut Cartel Blanco has a complex aroma with hints of fresh cane, white pepper, and tropical fruits like unripe bananas and dried pineapple. It has a proof of 92 (46% ABV) and is perfect for making tropical cocktails like the classic Daiquiri. It can also be enjoyed neat. 

Coconut Cartel launched its first spirit, Coconut Cartel Special Añejo, in 2018. It’s a high-quality aged Guatemalan rum mixed with fresh coconut water. Inspired by the increasing popularity of coconut water and its ties to rum-producing regions, Dani and Mike wanted to change how people think about rum, similar to what happened in the tequila industry. The name “Coconut Cartel” reflects their bold approach, which started when they ‘smuggled’ coconuts from the coastline of El Salvador to the trendiest hotels and restaurants in Miami Beach. By prioritizing where the ingredients come from and taking a different approach to blending and branding, Coconut Cartel represents the Zigs’ relentless determination to push boundaries.

At $28.99 per bottle, consumers aged 21+ may purchase Coconut Cartel Blanco online or at select retailers across the U.S. For more information on Coconut Cartel and their latest white rum blend, please visit coconutcartel.com

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