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Review: Appleton Estate 15 Year Old (Minimum Age) Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 16, 2018

The Appleton Estate is located in Nassau Valley in St. Elizabeth which is part of Jamaica’s Cockpit Country. The Cockpit Country is a karst formation which was formed over millions of years as the underlying limestone was eroded by the chemical action of rain. Within a cockpit karst formation are valleys known as Poljes. They are formed where a river floods, then recedes and forms a flat valley over millions of years. The soil in the poljes is very fertile and rich in nutrients because of the sediments left behind after the river had receded. In 1749, within the polje known as the Nassau Valley, the Appleton Estate Sugar Factory was founded. The Nassau Valley has a special mild micro-climate which is ideally suited to the growth of sugarcane. As well, a water source wells from the limestone formation and provides an exceptionally soft pure water which used for the production of Appleton Estate Rums.

Appleton Estate 15 Year Old Rum was recently introduced in Canada as a new Limited Edition Rum. This is a true 15 Year Old spirit as all of the rums within the blend (a mixture of column still and heavy pot still rums) have been aged a minimum of 15 Years before being bottled at 43 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my latest review:

Review: Appleton Estate 15 Year Old (Minimum Age) Rum

“… my nose is greeted by zesty oak spice, caramel toffee and light funky pot still aromas (camphor and resin, bits of menthol, and vague hints of tar). Baking spices (vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg) rise into the breezes as well. Spicy orange peel and a light grassy quality also begin to wind into the air above the glass …”

Please enjoy my review which includes a my cocktail suggestion, the Rum Old Fashioned.

Chimo!

 

 

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Fall Cocktail Bazaar: Pumpkin Spiced Shotte

Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 29, 2018

My Fall Cocktail Bazaar was inspired by the recipes (and the samples) sent to me by the media team which represents Smirnoff which is a Diageo owned Vodka Brand. Diageo also owns the Captain Morgan brand and the same company which handles media relations for the Smirnoff brand does the same for Captain Morgan. So it was not really a surprise to me when they reached out and asked me to include at least one Captain Morgan inspired recipe in my Bazaar as well. In that vein, here is a great Halloween recipe from Captain Morgan which uses both their Pumpkin Spiced Rum and their Coconut flavoured Captain Morgan LocoNut, as well as a nice helping of coffee and whipped cream:

Pumpkin Spiced Shotte

1 oz. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast
1 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut
2 oz. Cold Brew
Ice
Whipped Cream, Cinnamon
Carmel Drizzle

Combine Jack-O’Blast, LocoNut and cold brew in a metal shaker with ice
Shake Until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Pour into 2.5 oz. shot glass rimmed with cinnamon
Top with Whipped Cream and a caramel drizzle.

Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If  you are interested in more of my cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

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Note: Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast Pumpkin Spiced Rum is a Limited Edition Spiced Rum meant to inhabit the “shots” category and was the first the first pumpkin spiced rum offering available. The premise of the spiced flavour is ‘autumn in a shot glass’ as Captain Morgan has blended Caribbean rum with fall flavors of pumpkin and cinnamon (as well as other autumnal spices) creating what they hope will be an insanely delicious shot. The Spirit is bottled at is bottled at 30 % alcohol by volume and you may click on the following link to read my previously published review:

Review: Captain Morgan Jack-O’ Blast

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Note: Captain Morgan LocoNut is a gluten-free blend of Caribbean Rum, Coconut Liqueur, Spice and Natural Flavours, and it arrives in a nifty scratch and sniff coconut shaped (and apparently scented) round rum bottle .

According to the Captain Morgan:

After blasting into the shots category with CAPTAIN MORGAN Cannon Blast, CAPTAIN MORGAN LocoNut is shaking things up with its new coconut-flavored shot which comes in a coconut-shaped bottle, smells like a coconut and yeah, you guessed it, tastes like a coconut. It’s the perfect shot to enjoy responsibly with friends, co-workers, bro-conuts, fun in-laws, very friendly strangers and of course, coconut lovers …

The spirit is bottled at 20 % alcohol by volume and you may click on this link to read my previously written review:

Review: Review: Captain Morgan Loconut (Flavoured Rum)

Happy Halloween!

 

 

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Review: Rum Nation Jamaica 7 Year Old Pot Still Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 12, 2018

Rum Nation is an Italian company created by Fabio Rossi, who began his life in the spirits trade as a Oenologist (one who has studied wine-making). After his studies, Mr. Rossi left the wine business and started up a whisky company in Edinburgh (Wilson and Morgan) acting as an independent bottler of Single Malt Scotch Whisky. His interest turned to rum, and in 1999 Fabio Rossi founded Rum Nation. His company is headquartered in Italy; but Fabio purchases select rums from various distillers in the Caribbean and the Americas. As a result Rum Nation provides a rather unique assortment of limited edition bottlings. One such bottling is Rum Nation Jamaica 7 Year Old Pot Still Rum (2018 release).

The 7 Year Old Jamaican Pot Still Rum was distilled upon a traditional Jamaican Pot Still (at Worthy Park) and aged for 7 years in the tropics in used American Oak barrels. The spirit was bottled at 61.2 % alcohol by volume with no dilution from cask strength. No colouring has been added, and the rum has not been chill filtered.

Here is a link to my full review of this burly rum:

Review:  Rum Nation Jamaica 7 Year Old Pot Still Rum  

“… A firm brown sugar sweetness accompanies vanilla and baking spice (cinnamon. nutmeg and cloves), and I am reminded of the flavour of fresh cinnamon buns. Oak spice, menthol, peppermint, camphor and resin add complexity …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my recommended serving, the Pot Still Rum Old Fashioned.

Chimo!

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Review: Flor de Caña 7 Blanco Reserva

Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 5, 2018

Flor de Caña has a history of rum production which is dated to 1890 at the San Antonio Sugar Mill, in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua. The company was founded by Francisco Alfredo Pellas and today, over 120 years later, the company is led headed by the fifth generation of the Pellas family. It has grown to be not only one of Central America’s leading brands of rum, it is also one of the most recognized rum brands in the world. According to the company website, all of the Flor de Caña rum is produced from molasses which is made from sugar cane harvested in fields adjacent to the distillery in Chichigalpa. This molasses is fermented and then distilled five times in a continuous column still. The resulting distillate is laid down to age in small American white oak barrels in traditional aging warehouses built without air conditioning in an undisturbed environment.

Flor de Caña 7 Blanco Reserva is a premium white rum with the number 7 on the label representative of the average age of the rums in the blend with some variation in the actual age based upon blending to a consistent flavour profile. Although the rums within the blend have been aged, they are filtered clear making the spirit suitable for mixed drinks and short cocktails.

Here is a link to my full review which includes two serving suggestions:

Review: Flor de Caña 7 Blanco Reserva

“… The aroma rising up from the glass contains nice notes of vanilla tinges with caramel and banana. There is a light hint menthol alongside, and some light citrus notes (orange peel and lemon) as well …”

Please enjoy my review, Chimo!

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Review: Captain Morgan Apple Smash (Flavoured Rum)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 28, 2018

A few weeks ago I was sent a bottle of Captain Morgan’s newest flavoured rum, Captain Morgans Apple Smash. The product was described to me as a gluten-free flavoured rum which arrives in a nifty scratch and sniff (apparently apple scented) round rum bottle similar to the bottle used for the previously released: Captain Morgan Loconut, and Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash Rums.

Apple Smash is bottled at 30 % alcohol by volume and was apparently is designed to be served as a chilled shot, mixed with cinnamon whiskey, or in a cocktail with ginger ale.

These new ‘shot style’ flavoured rums have been a bit of a hit or miss affair as far as my reviews have been concerned. I gave  Captain Morgan Loconut a big thumbs up with a score of 87/100; however Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash did not fare so well with a thumbs down score of 68.5/100. The only thing to do is to open my bottle, take a few sniffs and a few swallows, make a few cocktails, so I can report my feeling on the new Captain Morgan Apple Smash Rum.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Captain Morgan Apple Smash (Flavoured Rum)

“… Whether the flavoured rum inside the bottle receives a thumbs up or a thumbs down (or something in between) the bottle itself receives a huge thumbs up. It  is designed to resemble a green apple and if you scratch the surface of the label, it even carries a realistic green apple scent …”

I hope you all enjoy the review, and the suggested servings which follow, Chimo!

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