The Real McCoy Rum is based on the story of Captain Bill McCoy, a so-called rum runner from the days of Prohibition. Around 1920, when there was a strict alcohol ban in the United States, McCoy began to transport rum from the Caribbean to the coast of New York. As a smart businessman, he sold his rum in international waters. As a result, he broke no American laws and the buyers took the risk. He became known for his high quality standards, because at that time he was one of the few (if not the only one) who did not stretch the rum with other liquids.
Back to the present
In memory of Bill McCoy, his tradition continues today. The high quality standard is fulfilled by none other than Richard Seale, master distiller of the Foursquare Distillery in Barbados.
R.L. Seal is 4th generation distiller. He is appreciated worldwide for his outstanding work. He is not a friend of dishonest products. His bottlings stand for honest craftsmanship that are not sugared or perfumed or dyed or otherwise extended. Furthermore, his age specifications for the products are always true to age and are therefore never a blend with younger rum. The Real McCoy is made from a combination of pot and column still and aged between 3 and 12 years in ex-bourbon barrels. Exceptions are limited editions, for which a cask finish is often used.