The idea came about from a few people just hanging out on the beaches of Montauk talking about the rum runners of prohibition, says our founder Leucio Iacobelli. Ever since the discovery that pirates(or rum runners, as they were officially called during prohibition era) buried liquor in the Montauk beach dunes, the Hampton Rum Company has seized the opportunity to turn this traditional liquor into a bolder, stronger flavored spirit. Since the 1600s most of the world’s rum supply has been produced in the Caribbean, but now…Hampton Rum Company is producing it here in the USA and made with all American goods, proud to say made in America. Building a company on Long Island was the dream and a few cocktails may have provided some of the inspiration. By the summer of August 2013, Leucio incorporated Hampton Rum Company and started visiting distilleries and learning everything he could about the craft of distilling and the spirits business. Distillers are a hospitable bunch, and the HRC was welcomed into the community with open arms. Over the course of the next two years, with the help of craft distillers throughout the country, and in particular our Master Distiller, Wyn Farrell, we developed a world class spirit and a business plan to bring it to market.