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Archive for the ‘Dark Rums’ Category

Review: Ginebra San Miguel Anejo Dark Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 30, 2020

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. In addition to rum, the company also makes, gin, vodka and light brandy as well as a variety of flavoured spirits.

Ginebra San Miguel Anejo Dark Rum does not appear on the producer’s website and I was unable to find much information regarding the brand. I suspect the rum was originally bottled as Tondena Distiller’s Anejo Dark Rum (the label is similar). The spirit appears to be in the midst of a re-branding and is now sold mainly in Taiwan.

The Ginebra Anejo Dark Rum sample I received was part of the 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box from 1423 World Class Spirits. It is presented as a 5 Year Old Dark Rum, bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my review with full tasting notes:

Review: Ginebra San Miguel Anejo Dark Rum

“… The breezes above the glass bring a surprising surge of oak with sweet butterscotch almond and vanilla which indicates that the age of the rum may indeed match the 5 Years declaration on the label. Oak spice, a touch of treacle and a welling of baking spices (vanilla, cinnamon and clove) rise into the air with roasted marshmallow, orange peel, marzipan and tobacco …”

Please enjoy my review which includes two cocktail suggestions, the Brooklynite, and the Dark Rum and Cola.

Chimo!

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Review: Ratu Dark Rum (5 Years Old) 

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 25, 2020

Ratu Rums have been 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.

According to their website, the rums are produced from hand cut sugar cane grown in Fiji’s rich volcanic soil. The distilled spirit is filtered through charcoal made from coconut shells and aged locally in oak barrels before being bottled. Interestingly, the 5 year old Spiced and Dark rums are bottled at 40 % abv. whereas the signature 8 Year Old is bottled at 35 % abv. (This could have something to do with the Angel’s Share bringing the older rum below 40 % abv. by the time 8 years of tropical aging is completed.)

Here is a link to my full review which includes my tasting notes and serving suggestion:

Review Ratu Dark Rum (5 Years Old)

“… The breezes above the glass bring me a mingling of treacle (burnt caramel), molasses and dark licorice and tar. As the glass breathes, the treacle dominates but we also notice oak and baking spices (vanilla, cinnamon and clove), firm molasses with a hit of licorice and some herbal menthol as well …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my serving suggestion, the Brooklynite with Ice.

Chimo!

 

 

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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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