1866 Tumbulgum Rum

Congratulations to the Tweed Regional Museum – the successful bidder in the 1866 Tumbulgum Rum Auction.

The bottle of Rum, number 001, was presented to Erika Taylor of the Tweed Regional Museum by Paul Messenger, of Husk Distillers, with Jenny Kidd representing the Tumbulgum Community Association, on Tuesday. 22 November.


The museum will add this bottle to their collection of items representing the Past, Present and Future of Tumbulgum.

1866 Tumbulgum Rum: Bottle 001

1866 Tumbulgum Rum is being released to celebrate 150 years of community at Tumbulgum, established in 1866 as a small river port at the junction of the Tweed and Rous Rivers. The fertile soil and pure waters of the valley quickly spurred the establishment of cane farms and sugar mills and it wasn’t long before moonshine began flowing from copper stills around the valley.

This limited release is a blend of paddock to bottle agricole rum made from fresh, first press cane juice from the inaugural harvest of the Founder’s Plot, Husk Plantation. The Founder’s Plot was the first cane planted on the property in decades, and marked the dawn of a new era in rum production for Tumbulgum and for the Tweed Valley.

1866 Tumbulgum Rum is a rich blend with notes of toasted oak, vanilla and caramel grown, crushed, distilled and bottled in Tumbulgum.

All proceeds collected from the sale of Bottle 001 have been donated to the Tumbulgum Community Association to continue to improve and enrich village life.

The Tumbulgum Community Association wishes to acknowledge the generosity and community support from Husk Distillers and the Messenger family.

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