Bill McCoy was the pioneer Rum Runner of the Prohibition era. At the onset of Prohibition, in January of 1920, McCoy was the first person to fill a boat with rum down in the Caribbean and sail it up to New York, acting as a floating liquor store just three miles off-shore. At that time, three miles off-shore was the boundary with International Waters, so McCoy was never actually breaking the law. McCoy made a name for himself as a fair-dealing gentleman who never adulterated the alcohol by watering it down or adding wicked chemicals like turpentine or wood alcohol.
His product was always un-cut, and his patrons loved him for it. That is how McCoy, and his product, became known around the world as “The Real McCoy.”
Today, when you drink The Real McCoy rum, you are actually drinking the same rum, produced by the same distillers in Barbados, as the celebrated rum that fueled the Roaring Twenties, and popularized the phrase “The Real McCoy.”
The Real McCoy is a unique blend of column and pot still rum, aged the authentic way, in select American oak Bourbon barrels. This award winning rum has no artificial flavors, inks or perfumes. We don’t add juices, tinctures or neutral spirits. It’s just good, old-fashioned rum – authentically hand crafted in what we call the “Prohibition Tradition.”
…It’s The Real McCoy.