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Review: Cruzan Single Barrel Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on August 26, 2010

Cruzan Single Barrel Rum

About one month ago, I was pleasantly surprised by the appearance of Simon Mooney, the local Brand Ambassador for BeamGlobal, who had dropped by with a sample bottle of the new Cruzan Single Barrel Rum.  His wish was for me to put the rum through the paces of my review system and to see what came out. I was mildly surprised as the Cruzan Single Barrel Estate Rum was one of my very first rum reviews. Then again maybe I should not have been surprised, as Simon has been a reader of my blog for a while now, and he must have noticed that the review I had previously done was for the older bottling of the Cruzan Rum. Perhaps the blend has changed, or perhaps, this being a Single Barrel offering with each bottling representing a unique barrel of rum, each return to a new batch will be a little different. Whatever the reason for the sample bottle, I was only too happy to oblige with a new review of the new bottle.

To refresh your memory, Cruzan Single Barrel Rums are produced from a blend of vintage rums which have been aged up to 12 years.  Once blended the vintage rums are then finished in a new oak barrel for about one year. Barrels are bottled individually with each bottle of rum coming from a single barrel.  This picture shows the bottle I reviewed.  As stated above, since my initial tasting, Cruzan has changed the bottle design, and they have even changed the name of the rum slightly, but they have not changed the manner in which the rum is made. However, because each new barrel will have different characteristics, each bottling will be a little different from the last; but, the general character of each bottling should be similar due to the overall blending process.

Here is an excerpt from the new review:

“…Once poured, I immediately noticed a rich toffee scent which seems to have a nice oak spice embedded in the aroma. I catch hints of maple in the breezes as well as vanilla and orange citrus peel. In all, this is a rich pleasant nose that brings all the right elements to the fore….”

You may read the full review here:

Review: Cruzan Single Barrel Rum


2 Responses to “Review: Cruzan Single Barrel Rum”

  1. rus said

    couldn’t agree more…one of our default choices for our weekly boat drink get togethers here on the fishing islands of oliphant..a lovely sip..anybody know how to aquire dictador? soon with the nip in the air we are switching to scotch and with a new bottle of cardhu being brought by a bud next week we will see if the memories are true and it might give the scapa ,macs and highland park 12,16,18 yrs a run for the crown happy trails russ

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