Ålander is distilled in small batches from Demerara and Turbinado sugar. All rum spices are purchased whole (no extracts or flavor-house oils) and infused by hand: whole bean vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and cloves. A hint of espresso lends a surprising depth of flavor.
Making rum in Minnesota may sound audacious, but then we believe fortune favors the bold.
The name Ålander is a nod to the Åland islands (http://www.visitaland.com/en), an archipelago of 6,500 islands between Sweden and Finland in the northern Baltic. Summers are warm enough to enjoy the beach and winters offer long-distance ice skating. Kind of sounds like Minnesotas own Lake of the Woods, a place where the Swanson family has enjoyed summers at their cabin on Oak Island since 1985. (We love it there so much we put a map of Oak Island on the bottle.)
They make rum in Åland one of the only places in the world that uses sugar beets instead of sugar cane. We make rum in the heart of sugar beet country, the Red River Valley, but we follow the regulations of our government, not Finlands, and use sugar cane. No worries, we have extended family who farm sugar cane in Louisiana and are part of the Lula Westfield sugar cooperative, which is where we source our sugar.