Penny Blue has launched its first VSOP aged rum through the Indian Ocean Rum Company, a joint venture between Berry Bros & Rudd and Medine Distillery.Created from single estate sugar cane, the liquid has been matured in ex-Cognac (75%), Bourbon (15%) and whisky (10%) barrels before being blended by master distiller, Jean-Francois Koenig, and Berry Bros. & Rudd’s spirit buyer, Doug McIvor. "In adherence to the Penny Blue signature style, the VSOP is effortlessly smooth with orange peel notes on the palate," said Maxime Sauzier, marketing manager at the Mauritius-based Medine Distillery. "To preserve the heart of the rum it is non-chill filtered and natural in colour. Finished with a hand dipped wax seal of the Estate, we believe the VSOP is a true expression of its terroir." The suggested serve for the expression is "sipping on its own, or as an accessible base for great rum cocktails". The release joins existing Penny Blue XO and Single Cask bottlings. Bottled at 40% abv, Penny Blue VSOP is now available to buy online and in store through Berry Bros & Rudd, at the RRP of £24.95 and at other premium retailers including Harvey Nichols.