Visited the West Indies 5 times
The historic wooden warship
The original Danish wooden warship ‘Fregatten Jylland’ of 1860 visited St. Thomas a full 5 times. The frigate had several well-known commanders, including Prince Karl (later King Haakon of Norway). On the Caribbean island of St. Thomas, Valdemar Riise, son of A.H. Riise, see the beautiful frigate dock in the capital Charlotte Amalie. Today, the Frigate Jylland is the world’s largest preserved wooden ship. It is a completely unique ship which is not only part of Denmark’s history, but also part of the world’s cultural heritage. Therefore, it is also not entirely coincidental that it is precisely the Frigate Jylland that A.H. Riise has vague support.
In collaboration with the Frigate Jylland, we have created the exclusive blend “The Frigate Jylland Royal Danish Navy”. Part of the profit from the sale of these unique bottles goes to the preservation of the museum ship.
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buy at reseller A.H. Riise and Wife’s Family Scholarship A.H. Riise Spirits collaborates with the board of directors of A.H. Riise and Wife’s Family Scholarship on the digitization of the comprehensive family archive so that it can be of benefit to the public. In addition, we financially support a number of scholarships, which are to […]Read More
The Frigate Jylland
buy at reseller A taste of history Our Frigate Jylland blend is an exclusive edition of our popular Danish Navy series. Each sip is a journey back in time to experience what is said to have maintained the morale of Danish sailors during the 1800’s. Today we blend our products with respect to how they […]Read More
buy at reseller Frogman Special Forces The Frogman Corps is the Danish equivalent of the American Navy Seals. When the frogmen end their active service, they can become members of the veteran association Conventus Ranae, which means a gathering of frogs. Here they can attend to their wounds, whether physical or mental, among peers. In […]Read More
buy at reseller Daggers for cadets, sabres for officers Since 1848, a uniform dagger M/1848 became mandatory and regulated for the Neval Cadet Corps. It has remained largely unchanged since 1848. The cadet dagger is worn in a black steath hung over the right shoulder. When a Neval Cadet is appointed Naval officer, the cadet […]Read More
Thin Blue Line
buy at reseller We honor and support the Danish police This blend is a perfect marriage of rums from both the Caribbean and South America, and the secret to the consistency is the environment in which the casks are stored. If rum matures too quickly, the flavours can be harsh and underdeveloped, almost immature. By […]Read More
The history of
In June 1838, the Danish Government officially appointed Albert Heinrich Riise as the exclusive pharmacist for the caribbean island, Saint Thomas, part of the former Danish West Indies. This 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 popularity beyond its medical function, and in 1893 he received an International Medal at the World Exhibition in Chicago. A.H. Riise created strong brands such as “Old St. Croix”, “Riises Guava Rum” and “A.H Riise Rum”.
He was awarded many honorary positions on the island of St. Thomas. At one point he was Director of the National Bank of St. Thomas and was made Knight of the Order of Dannebrog in 1860.
EU legislation affects the spirits industry
If you have an old bottle of A.H. Riise in your hand and compare it with a more recent bottle, you might wonder why what used to say ‘Rum’ is now ‘Superior Spirit Drink made from Premium Matured Rum’. What’s the difference? And does it matter to you?