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July Cocktail: Leo Engle’s Rum Crusta

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 22, 2019

The Rum Crusta recipe I am sharing is based upon a variation of Joseph Santini’s classic cocktail, the Brandy Crusta (circa 1840). Santini was a celebrated bartender and caterer in New Orleans. Santini’s early Crusta recipe was almost certainly the inspiration for Leo Engels in 1878 when he published his recipe for the Rum Crusta (see Leo Engels, American and other Drinks, 1878). In this effort, I have tried to stay as close to the original 1878 formulation as possible.

Here is Leo Engle’s Rum Crusta mixed with the modern Flor de Cana 4 Aged Rum.

The Rum Crusta

2 oz Flor de Cana 4 Aged Rum
1/4 oz Orange Curacao
1/4 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Sugar Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 dash Maraschino Liqueur
Ice
Sugar (Optional)
Citrus Peel

Add the first seven ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake until the sides frost
Strain the contents of the shaker into a chilled cocktail glass
(In the older original recipe the cocktail glass was rimmed with sugar)
Garnish with a spiral citrus peel and if you follow the old recipe a lump of ice
Please Enjoy Responsibly!

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

Here is a link to my previously published review of the Flor de Cana 4 Aged Rum:

Review: Flor de Caña 4 (Añejo 0ro)

“… The Flor de Caña 4 is a light bodied column distilled rum which has a dry quality when it is sipped. There is a little bite of alcohol and some grassiness at the front of the delivery, followed by a light butterscotch sweetness, vanilla and almond. Fine wood spices and orange peel keep the mouth lightly heated …”

Please enjoy the review which concludes with two more serving suggestions, the Cuba Libre’ and the Railcar.

Chimo!

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Review: Last Straw Blackstrap Rum (Double Barreled)  

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 20, 2019

The Last Straw Distillery is Ontario’s smallest production micro-distillery located at 40 Pippin Rd. in Vaughan, Ontario (a wee bit north of Toronto) just off Highway 400 and around the corner from Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre. According to Mike Hook, the team at Last Straw Distillery come to the craft of distilling from a variety of different backgrounds, and surprisingly none have had prior experience in the beverage or alcohol business. They are self-taught, and developed their recipes in house, through research, and trial and error, without the use of outside consultants.

Last Straw Distillery Blackstrap Rums are some the few rums in the world actually made from blackstrap molasses rather than sweet molasses. One of the reasons there are so few is because blackstrap is much harder to work with than sweet molasses as the sugar content is lower, and the sugars are harder for the yeast to access. The tradeoff is that blackstrap molasses gives a richer, more robust flavour when it is distilled. It took the Distillery about 6 months (of experimentation) to discover a method to obtain reasonable yields out of blackstrap molasses without sacrificing flavour. The Double Barreled Blackstrap Rum is first aged in ex-bourbon barrels then finished in Last Straw’s own Darker Side barrels. The spirit is bottled at 45 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my complete review:

Review: Last Straw Blackstrap Rum (Double Barreled)  

“… The breezes above the glass are interesting. I notice firm impressions of molasses, licorice and treacle accented by fruity orange peel and banana. There is also a light funk reminiscent of Jamaican rum in the air with scents of menthol, baking spice (cinnamon, vanilla and cloves) and some wood spice presenting themselves …”

Please enjoy my review which includes two cocktail suggestions, the Zombie, and the Time Traveller.

Chimo!

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Review: Tanduay Gold Asian Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 12, 2019

Tanduay is one of the largest Rum producers in the world. (The reason they have been relatively unknown in North America is because their Asian rum is produced in the Philipines, and it sells almost exclusively into Asia.) The Tanduay invasion was launched with two premium rums (a Silver, and a Gold). The Silver Rum (reviewed here) is a blending of rums which have been aged up to 5 years and filtered to be a pale straw coloured spirit meant for mixing high-end cocktails. The Gold Rum is a blending of rums aged up to 7 years and is meant to be a spirit to be enjoyed neat or over ice, although the makers of the rum do not shy away from recommending their Gold Rum for quality cocktails as well.

Here is a link to my full review of the Tanduay Gold Asian Rum:

Review: Tanduay Gold Asian Rum

” … I sense a light honeyed brown sugar and toffee aroma rising from the glass with spicy accents that are enticing. The spiciness carries impressions of ginger, cardamom, vanilla, clean oak and orange peel. There is also a bit of an exotic flair within this spice hinting that the rum may have a few surprises for me when I taste it …”

Please enjoy my review includes a classic nineteenth century cocktail recipe for your enjoyment with Tanduay Gold Rum.

Chimo!

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Review: Tanduay Silver Asian Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 10, 2019

In 2013, Tanduay Holdings began an American Invasion by placing two new rums into the North American market. At the time, Tanduay was one of the very largest Rum producers in the world. (The reason they were relatively unknown in North America is because their Asian rum is produced in the Philipines and was sold almost exclusively into Asia.) The invasion was launched with two premium (a Silver, and a Gold) rums. Although Tanduay has not yet established itself fully in the US market, the Asian sales have continued at a breathtaking pace. In fact by 2017, Tanduay had surpassed Bacardi as the top selling rum brand in the world (see here).

Tanduay Silver Rum is a blend of rums some of which are aged up to 5 years. After blending these rums are filtered to become a pale straw coloured spirit meant for mixing high-end cocktails.

You can click the following link to read my full review:

Review: Tanduay Silver Asian Rum

“… a gentle but firm butterscotch toffee rises out of the glass followed by a soft waft of fine oak spice, soft banana and lightly sharp orange peel. I allowed the glass to breathe, and enjoyed developing scents of light baking spices (vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger) and the delicious scent of light brown sugar ….”

Please enjoy my review which includes two daiquiri styles cocktail suggestions. 

Chimo!

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Review: Clément Premiere Canne Rhum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 5, 2019

Clément Agricole Rhum has been produced on the Isle of Martinique since 1887. Although the agricole  Rhum is distilled at the Simon Distillery, the rhum is finished at Habitation Clément (built on the site of a former sugar refinery) which was purchased by Homére Clément in 1887.

Clément Premiere Canne Rhum is produced from from the distillation of fresh pressed sugarcane juice whose terroir is exclusive to varieties of sugarcane from Habitation Clément. The distilled rhum rests for just over nine months in a stainless steel vat and is then slowly brought to bottling proof (40 % abv) with distilled volcanic spring water.

Here is a link to my review:

Review: Clément Premiere Canne Rhum

“… The breezes above my glass indicate a veritable smorgasbord of scents and smells. I am reminded of a fragrant new-make scotch except that this is much more refined. Alongside a ripple of sweet cane, there are clean citrus spices, fresh flowers, hints of yellow apples and even hints of dark plums and cherries …”

Hopefully you enjoy my review which concludes with my recipe suggestion, the Agricole Daiquiri.

Chimo!

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