Moon Import is an Italian independent bottler that has been founded by Pepi Mongiardino in 1980. The company started by releasing a bunch of whiskies. Among them were also some from very small distilleries which has been a novelty at that time. Marco from BAM assumes that the first rum bottlings probably date back to the company’s tenth anniversary. At least he claims that he did not find any earlier releases. Today, their portfolio consists of all sorts of beverages from wines and a great variety of spirits to liquors and even coffee beans.
In 2008, Moon Import bought another Italian bottler, Samaroli. This move was initiated by Silvano Samaroli, then the head of the company, who wanted to retire but didn’t find anyone in his family circle who wanted to continue his business. Silvano, a legend in the Whisky scene, passed away in February 2017.
A common theme running through their releases is that they have all been bottled at either 45% or 46%. Not knowing too many of their releases, I am not in a position to judge the quality of their bottlings. They certainly released a couple of interesting rums in the recent past.
Among the Moon Import rums I have gotten the opportunity to taste are the following:
- Moon Import Fiji 14YO (South Pacific Distillery) (2001-2015), 45%
- Moon Import Demerara UitvlugtSherrywood 14YO (1998-2013), 46%
- Moon Import Jamaica “IJHB” 29YO (1983-2012), 46%
- Moon Import “I Pappagalli” 13YO (Monymusk Distillery) (2003-2016), 45%
- Moon Import “Sugar Estates 1949” 12YO (Monymusk Distillery) (2003-2014), 45%
- Moon Import “Remember” (Trinidad Distillers Ltd) (?-2015), 45%