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Maison Ferrand to unveil ‘Europe’s first’ floating cellar

Plantation Rum owner Maison Ferrand will create what is thought to be the first floating cellar in Europe, which will explore the process of ageing spirits on water.

Barge 166 will be anchored on the river Seine at Issy-les-Moulineaux

The rum, gin and Cognac producer has acquired a 1948 Freycinet Barge, which will be specially equipped to house 1,500 30-litre barrels.

Set to debut in spring 2021, Brage 166 will be anchored on the river Seine at Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, where it will be used to explore the impact of dynamic ageing on casks of Maison Ferrand Cognac and Plantation Rum.

Dynamic ageing is the process of ageing spirits at sea, where they are subject to continuous movement as a result of being stored on water. The process has been used since casks of Caribbean rum were transported by sea to reach cellars in Europe in the 18th century.

Maison Ferrand will use Barge 166 to further analyse the impact maturation on water has on its spirits.

The Citadelle Gin producer has also invited Swedish whisky maker Mackmyra to age some of its casks on the barge.

As well as housing a floating maturation cellar, Barge 166 will be designed as a “welcoming place for friends and other producers”.

Maison Ferrand will also offer the public the opportunity to acquire casks stored on the barge. Owners will have the chance to select a type of barrel they wish to age and will be invited to visit the barge to follow the progress of their spirit.

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