Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 10, 2012
The Angostura Single Barrel Rum is aged in selected American oak (bourbon) barrels for a minimum of 5 years. According to the Angostura website, it is a blend of medium and heavy bodied rums hand drawn from their state-of the-art continuous five-column still. The blend is an authentic pure Trinidadian rum which is limited each year to only a certain number of batches.
I found my bottle for review while shopping at one of the Duty-Free liquor shops at the Trinidad International Airport. I was intrigued enough to pass over many more well-known brands of rum and whisky, and I have decided to give the rum a review here on my website.
Here is an excerpt from my review:
“… I begin to notice a rich caramel building, and a strong indication of oak imparting fresh scents of honeycomb, vanilla, cedar and toffee into the breezes above the glass. As the glass breathes, the oak becomes firmer and a light smokiness of dried fruit aroma develops. Marmalade, oak, dried apricots and spicy toffee are all apparent in the fully decanted glass …”
You may read my full review here:
Enjoy my reviews, but more importantly enjoy the spirits which have inspired them.
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 21, 2011
Today I am re-posting another of my very early reviews. As with most of my early reviews, the commentary in the review is rather fragmentary; but (and this is the saving grace for the review) it is also honest. I wasn’t especially good at descriptors in my earliest reviews, but I was good at getting across what I liked. And as you read the review you will see that this is a rum I liked. The review is somewhat nostalgic and for good reason. you see I discovered this rum on my honeymoon more than 20 tears ago. ….
More than twenty years ago, my wife and I spent three weeks in Tobago at the Turtle Beach Resort. At the time, I was a whisky drinker, and not a fan of rum at all. However, as the saying goes, when in Rome…
So at the hotel and on the beach I drank rum, and I discovered that I liked it. What they were serving me was a locally produced rum, and although more than 20 years have passed I do believe it was a product which was very reminiscent of Angostura Royal Oak Select. I went back to Canada with two 40 ounce bottles; but alas, they are long gone. I went back to drinking whisky, as the rums available in my locale just did not measure up. It was not until the rum explosion in my locale that my palate for rum was rekindled. Flor de Cana, Ron Matusalem, and El Dorado rums have helped to bring me back in the fold.
Then recently, I found 3 bottles of Royal Oak Select covered in dust in a local liquor store. The proprietor said they were new stock, the dust said otherwise, but I bought all three to see if that rum still tasted as good as 20 years ago.
Here is an excerpt from the resulting review:
“…The Royal Oak rum has a nice sweet caramel flavour. If indeed caramel has been added it does not bother me. Taste is what counts and this tastes nice. I can taste that hint of coconut I smelled in the glass and a mellow spiciness. Everything is light, relaxed and this is an easy-going rum…”
You may read the full review here:
Please enjoy this very early review of mine!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 27, 2010
Photo Courtesy Sharon McLaughlin (McLaughlin Gibson Communications Ltd)
Wolfgang Mayer’s stunning cocktail, Seven Senses, was the winner of European leg of Angostura’s International Cocktail Challenge at this years UK Rumfest 2010. The judging for the European Final took place at Olympia 2, London at this years UK Rumfest.
The competition saw twelve finalists from countries including Spain, Italy, Russia, Germany and the UK creating two cocktails. They were judged on taste, appearance and aroma. The winner, announced at the Golden Rum Barrel Awards, will continue on to compete in the Global Final which takes place in Trinidad during the world-famous Carnival in March 2011.
According to Angostura’s Director of Corporate Communications, Giselle Laronde-West, “The winning cocktail ‘Seven Senses’ stood out due its freshness, originality, balance and aftertaste, whilst Wolfgang’s presentation skills were professional, confident and interesting.”
Here is a link to the award-winning recipe:
Congratulations Wolfgang, and good luck in the Finals!
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