The story of Albert Heinrich Riise

Get the full overview of the adventurer A.H. Riise, the discoveries, and his relentless search for new knowledge.

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A true adventurer

In June 1838, the Danish Government officially appointed Albert Heinrich Riise as the exclusive pharmacist for the island of Saint Thomas, in the Caribbean, and granted him monopoly status to produce alcohol in his pharmacy. Initially, Albert developed rum and bitters as medicine for stomach ills. However, his rum soon gained in popularity beyond its medical function, and in 1893 The A.H. Riise Company received its first International Medal at the World Exhibition in Chicago.

Today every bottle is a celebration of the accomplishments of the past – and a promise of new adventures.

Timeline

1810

1810
Birth of Albert Heinrich Riise

1832

1832
1832

Original pharmaceutical exam certificate for Albert H. Riise, dated 21st October 1832.

 

1838

1838
1838

In June 1838, the Danish Government officially appointed A.H. Riise as the exclusive pharmacist for the island of Saint Thomas, in the West Indies, and granted him monopoly status to produce alcohol in his pharmacy.

1850

1850
1850

Copy of one of the original advertising posters promoting A. H. Riise’s pharmacy, or ‘Druggist and Apothecary’ as it is called here. These posters would not have been purely for promotion on the island of Saint Thomas, but would have been posted on islands throughout the Caribbean.

 

1862

1862
1862

Riise’s famous Bay Rum double distilled on the basis of West Indian rum.

 

1879

1879
1879

A.H. Riise’s son Valdemar Riise established a close friendship with Prince Karl. The friendship began when Prince Karl served on the frigate Jutland who visited the Danish West Indies 5 times. Later in life, Prince Karl became King Haakon of Norway and appointed Valdemar Riise as Norwegian consul in the Danish West Indies.

1880

1880
1880

One of the first real trademarks, Old. St. Croix, is registered in the USA with A.H. Riise’s signature.

1883

1883
1883

Denmark’s HRH Prince Carl was fourteen years old when he participated in the frigate Jylland’s trip to the Danish West Indies. In 1905, Prince Carl became King of Norway, under name Haakon VII.

 

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1887

1887
1887

Fregatten Jylland, was, in its prime, a central part of the Royal Danish Navy and sailed to the West Indies and St. Thomas. It was a part of the efforts to enforce Danish sovereignty, for which the sailors were rewarded with daily rations of A.H. Riise’s Navy Rum. Even though Fregatten Jylland is now permanently docked in Denmark, the chance to sample a rum from this important era should not be missed.

1888

1888
1888

A.H. Riise participated in the great Nordic Exhibition in Copenhagen. His products were showcased in the West Indian pavilion and he was awarded a medal for winning the category.

1893

1893
1893
Awarded at the World’s Columbian Exposition, fair held in 1893 in Chicago, Illinois, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s voyage to America.

1895

1895
1895

During the Christmas of 1895 the pharmacy on St. Thomas burned to the ground. A candle had ignited a dry Christmas tree and the fire had caught on to the wooden ceiling, impregnated with resin. Valdemar Riise – the son of A.H. Riise whom took over the pharmacy after his father left the Virgin Islands in 1868, quickly managed to reestablish the business.

1924

1924
1924

A.H. Riise hair products were sold up until the 1960s – here is a rare 1924 add targeting both men and women.

1955

1955
1955

Old St. Croix Rum ~ 1955 bearing A.H. Riise’s signature. A.H  Riise rum has been marketed under various trademarks including Old St. Croix Brand, Riise’s Guava rum and A.H. Riise rum, all now under the umbrella of A.H. Riise Spirits in Denmark.

1988

1988
1988

The trademark A.H. Riise is registered in the USA

2005

2005
2005

New commercial launch of A.H. Riise and the Royal Danish Navy brand.

2015

2015
2015
Family Reserve is introduced and served at the Riise Family gathering.

2016

2016
2016

Royal Danish Navy Frogman Introduced.

2017

2017
2017
Thin Blue Line XO is introduced. A blend that honors and supports the Danish police force.

2018

2018
2018

A.H. Riise presents a new logo.

2020

2020
2020

In 1701, the Royal Naval Academy was established in Copenhagen. Ever since the Academy has educated officers for the Danish-Norwegian and later the Danish Navy. Royal Danish Navy “Naval Cadet” is a blend made in collaboration with the Association of Naval Cadets.

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XO Caramel Cream

A luxurious cream liqueur with a smooth and sweet taste of XO rum, caramel, and sea salt.

XO Rum Cream

A smooth cream liqueur with a powerful, flavorsome, and sweet, exquisite taste of XO rum

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Signature

A.H. Riise Signature is simply a piece of unique art. Simply one of a kind.

Centennial Celebration

A tribute blend not only to A.H. Riise, but also to the indigenous population of the islands as well as the Danish colonists.

Platinum Reserve

A.H. Riise Platinum is created from small batch of unique rum. The heart of the blend is two Solera aged rums from aged casks.

Non Plus Ultra Ambre d’Or Excellence

A fantastic sweet and gentle blend with the flavour of ripe fruit and warm spices. We named it Non Plus Ultra which means ‘nothing further beyond’ in Latin.

Non Plus Ultra Black Edition

Aging in carefully burned old Bourbon casks creates the ultimate blend. We named it Non Plus Ultra which means ‘nothing further beyond’ in Latin.

Non Plus Ultra Very Rare

We have created something unique and rare and named it Non Plus Ultra which means ‘nothing further beyond’ in Latin.

Family Reserve

This blend is traditionally served at a gathering of the descendants of A.H.Riise once every five years.

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The Frigate Jylland

A subtle blend made from rum distillates – both young and old – in respect for naval traditions.

The Original Navy

It is said that rum from Albert Heinrich Riise was supplied to the naval fleet when they docked in the port of Charlotte Amalie.

Navy Bitter

A tasteful Bitter with the taste of gentian root, quinine, bitter orange, coffee beans and a touch of vanilla.

Navy Strength

Hand-blended by our master distiller in respect to the strong naval traditions.

Navy Frogman

The Frogman Corps is the Danish equivalent of the American Navy Seals. When buying a Navy Frogman you commemorate the Conventus Ranae association.

Naval Cadet

Handpicked by our master distillers this blend has the perfect balance between tradition and strength.

Black Barrel Navy Spiced

Combine charred barrels with a mixture of spices and the result is the memorable Black Barrel.

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Founders Reserve 44,8%

A collectors item. The third of 3 different Master blends with 3 different alcohol strengths with unique aromas and expressions.

Founders Reserve 44,3%

A collectors item. The second of 3 different Master blends with 3 different alcohol strengths with unique aromas and expressions.

Haakon Royal Reserve

The launch of this Limited Edition blend is a celebration of the friendship between two unique men.

Founders Reserve 44,5%

A collectors item. The first of 3 different Master blends with 3 different alcohol strengths with unique aromas and expressions.

1888 Copenhagen Medal

A modern-day interpretation of the 1888 medal rum. A unique blend, made from several precious casks in the West Indies and Central America.

Superior Cask

Our master blender has created a blend with the perfect edge and with a full-bodied taste experience. A true signature made from several carefully selected casks.

Ambre d`Or

Ambre d’Or is matured in oak barrels that were originally the home of sweet wines, which contributes to the subtle, full and delicate tasting notes.

Port Cask

It is within the port casks we find the reason for the immaculate and distinct port notes of this blend.

Christmas Edition

With this blend every season will feel like Christmastime. Enjoy these precious drops when you are together with the ones you love.

Thin Blue Line

With this blend we provide support together with the association Thin Blue Line to police officers who have been injured while carrying out their jobs.

175 Years Anniversary

This exceptional spirit drink, with its broad spectrum of aromas and subtleties of taste, offers a unique experience. It is truly a blend aimed at experienced aficionados.

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