Meehan, Bay Rhum
Gary Edward Meehan, owner, with his wife Diane, of the lavender estate Bonny Doon Farm in Santa Cruz, California, only makes a few colognes, yet each is naturally produced and inspired from another age. From a single-note Sandalwood to his Uplands Cologne, a mixture and mingling of 12 pure oils, each are made with the finest ingredients.
But it’s his small-batch, authentically crafted Meehan Bay Rhum that is a classic for men and a must-try for fans of the fragrance. Inspired by the sea and his love of J-Class yachts, it’s a sublime example of the legendary island scent.
Like any natural producer, Meehan has the zeal for ingredients, starting with the namesake evaporative base itself. "Cane spirits are the purest, most costly basis for Rum," he explains. "Many other producers of Bay Rum cologne use neutral grain spirits for an aromatic base. It’s cheaper to use but to me it’s lifeless and cold."
On the contrary, his Bay Rhum is bright and inviting, hand-blended in small batches and aged in the estate’s cellar.