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Archive for the ‘Dark Rums’ Category

Review: Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum (Guyana)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 14, 2020

 

Pusser’s Rum is advertised as the original rum of the British Royal Navy. And it is a fact that for over 300 years it was a tradition of the British Navy that each member of the crew was issued a daily ‘tot’ of rum. This tradition began in 1655, and by 1731, the tradition of the daily ‘tot’ was in general use throughout the British Navy. As it was the ship’s purser who was responsible for issuing the rum, the tot of rum became known as Pusser’s Rum in a sort of slang derivation of the term ‘Purser’s Rum’. Although the naval tradition of the daily tot had ended, in 1979  Charles Tobias obtained the rights for the British Naval Rum, and formed Pusser’s Ltd. on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.

When I recently received rum samples from 1423 World Class Spirits, I noticed that the label on the Pusser’s Gunpowder Rum stated the rum is bottled by Pusser’s Rum LTD. (British Virgin Islands), and that it is a product of Guyana. This is a departure from my previously reviewed Pusser’s Gunpowder Rum which was sent to me two years ago (which was a Product of Barbados). It is also a departure from the product as advertised on the Pusser’s Website which is stated to be a product of of the  Guyana, Trinidad and Barbados.

I suspect that Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum changes its lineage based upon which blending rums are more economical, or perhaps different markets receive different blends, based upon the export market’s presumed preferences.

Here is a link to the review for the Guyanese version of the ovenproof Gunpowder Rum:

Review: Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum (Guyana)

“… I notice aromas of dark brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, herbal pot still esters, and very light oak spice. As the glass sits, baking spices begin to evolve, I receive impressions of cinnamon buns, hints of licorice and tar and a hit of molasses …”

Please enjoy this expanded version of my review which now includes a cocktail suggestion, the Zombie.

Chimo!

 

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24 Days of Rum (#19) – Khukri XXX Rum (Nepal)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 19, 2019

Normally, if one takes a trip to Nepal, where it is an actual trip or as in this case an imagined one, the assumed destination would be Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world in terms of elevation. But in my case, I am heading to Kathmandu, the Capitol, to taste some rum.

Khukri XXX Rum is produced by Nepal Distilleries Private Limited who began to produce spirit in Kathmandu in 1959. In the beginning, Khuri began distilling alcohol using traditional pot stills from the late 1800s (Those initial pot stills are now on display in the distillery). However the company has modernized production and now uses a 3 column distillation and they have replaced they use of oak barrel aging with the use of special wooden oak vats for maturation of their molasses based distillate.

Here is a link to my tasting notes and scores for the No. 19 spirit in the 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box:

Review: Kukri XXX Rum

“… Dark brown sugar, cinnamon toast, molasses with hints of dark licorice and menthol, and almond …”

Chimo!

Note: 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box produced by 1423 World Class Spirits contains 24 handpicked rums from 24 different countries all over the world. It features an extraordinary opportunity to sample a wide variety of premium rums allowing you to hone in on the particular style which suits your palate. As indicated in my previously published review (here) This Rum Advent Calendar is a highly recommended gift for the rum enthusiast.

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24 Days of Rum (#10) – Ginebra San Miguel Anejo Dark Rum (Philippines)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 10, 2019

Day 10 of the 24 Days of rum Advent Calendar brings us to Manila in the Philippines. Ginebra San Miguel Anejo Dark Rum was a very hard spirit to research. It appears to be a small production rum sold mainly into Taiwan. Possibly the rum is related to the spirit formerly known as Tondena Distiller’s Anejo Dark Rum (the label is similar).

I say this because Tondena Distillers Limited were recently purchased by Ginebra San Miguel, a diversified beverage company majority-owned by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) located in the Philippines. It would make sense that they would be re-branding some of the Tondena spirits as Ginebra San Miguel.

Here is a link to my tasting notes and scores for the tenth spirit in the 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box:

Review: Ginebra San Miguel Anejo Dark Rum

“… Oak spice, touch of treacle and a welling of baking spices (vanilla, cinnamon and clove). Roasted Marshmallow, orange peel, marzipan and tobacco …”

Chimo!

Note: 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box produced by 1423 World Class Spirits contains 24 handpicked rums from 24 different countries all over the world. It features an extraordinary opportunity to sample a wide variety of premium rums allowing you to hone in on the particular style which suits your palate. As indicated in my previously published review (here) This Rum Advent Calendar is a highly recommended gift for the rum enthusiast.

 

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24 Days of Rum (#8) – Ratu Dark 5 Year Old Rum (Fiji)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 8, 2019

Its off to Fiji as I sample Rum #8 in the 24 Days of Rum Advent Calendar from 1423 World Class Spirits. Ratu Rums are produced by the Rum Co. of Fiji since 1980  at their distillery in Lautoka Fiji. There are three rums in there line-up at this time, the 5 year old Ratu Spiced, the 8 year old Ratu Signature, and the 5 Year Old Ratu Dark.

This is the review for the Dark Rum which has been filtered through charcoal made from coconut husks and aged locally for five years in oak barrels. Here is a link to my tasting notes and scores for the eighth spirit in the 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box:

Review: Ratu Dark 5 Year Old Rum

“… Treacle dominates, Oak spice, molasses as well as baking spices (vanilla, cinnamon and clove). A hit of licorice and menthol as well …”

Chimo!

Note: 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box produced by 1423 World Class Spirits contains 24 handpicked rums from 24 different countries all over the world. It features an extraordinary opportunity to sample a wide variety of premium rums allowing you to hone in on the particular style which suits your palate. As indicated in my previously published review (here) This Rum Advent Calendar is a highly recommended gift for the rum enthusiast.

 

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24 Days of Rum (#5) – Santos Dumont XO (Brazil)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 5, 2019

Day 5 of my Rum Advent reveals Santos Dumont XO Rum from Brazil. The rum actually has a Danish producer, A.H.Riise Spirits which (in a roundabout way explained in the review) is named for Albert Heinrich Riise who established rum production of rum on Saint Thomas in the Danish West Indies (now the United States Virgin Islands) in 1838.

Santos Dumont XO Rum is made from freshly pressed virgin sugarcane honey, distilled in old potstills and matured in three different types of oak, ex bourbon, ex Port and ex Pedro Ximenez casks. The spirit carries no age statement, however, if the XO designation has been used in the same manner as for Cognac (we are by no means certain of this), then we can expect that the rum has been aged for about 6 years.

Here is a link to my tasting notes and scores for the #5 spirit in the 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box:

Review: Santos Dumont XO Rum

“… Oak spice pushes through the initial sweetness, we still have a lot of sweetness with candied oranges, canned apricots, and some coconut as well as some mushy banana …”

Chimo!

Note: 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box produced by 1423 World Class Spirits contains 24 handpicked rums from 24 different countries all over the world. It features an extraordinary opportunity to sample a wide variety of premium rums allowing you to hone in on the particular style which suits your palate. As indicated in my previously published review (here) This Rum Advent Calendar is a highly recommended gift for the rum enthusiast.

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