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Archive for the ‘Dark Rums’ Category

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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24 Days of Rum (#3) – Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum (Guyana)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 3, 2019

After a stellar start, my 24 Days of Rum Advent took a step back today with the #3 selection in he 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box. I suspect many others will appreciate Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum (from Guyana) much more than I did, but I promised honest reviews so I have to call this one the way I see it.

Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum is relatively new to the Pusser’s range. According to the producer’s website it is a traditional Royal Navy style rum produced at original Admiralty strength. Prior to the invention of the hydrometer, the ship’s purser shutdown claims of watering down sailors’ daily tot by mixing a few grains of gunpowder to the rum to see if it would burn. If the mixture ignited, the rum was ‘at proof.’ If it didn’t, the purser might find himself tossed to sea.

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

Review: Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum (Guyana)

“… Hard to get past the heat, but the rum tastes thin as if there is not much age here. Some pungent baking spice (nutmeg and clove) and lightly bitter vanillans …”

Please enjoy my review of the Gunpowder Rum, a spirit which would be much more at home in a Zombie Cocktail than a sipping glass.

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 (#2) – Ron Millonario 10 Anniversario Reserva (Peru)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 2, 2019

Things remain on a high note as the #2 Rum inside the 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box is a winner from Peru, Ron Millonario 10 Anniversario Reserva.

Ron Millonario 10 Anniversario Reserva is produced at he Hacienda Agicola in Chiclayo, an small enclave near the sea in Northern Peru. This new rum has been produced from an original recipe, and is designed to be a lighter fresher version of Ron Millonario yet with the same rich raisin-like flavour profile the brand is known for.

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

Review: Ron Millonario 10 Anniversario Reserva

“… I would be tempted describe this as a dessert rum as it is sweeter than most rums; however it is also rich and delicious. Candied oranges, rich vanilla and toffee spice. Underlying nuttiness of walnut, rich baking spices, figs, dates and raisins …”

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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Review: Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez (10 Years Old)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 27, 2019

In 1862, Facundo Bacardi and his brother José bought the Santiago de Cuba Distillery and began to distill what would become the most popular commercial rum in the world. Using a method of charcoal filtering, and oak barrel aging  along with a still of copper and cast iron, Facundo Bacardi created a smoother more refined version of the locally made rum. His smoother version of the spirit became local favourite, and over time, an international sensation. Of course, Bacardi Rum is not made in Cuba anymore, the Ron Bacardi Company left Cuba in the wake of Fidel Castro’s plans to nationalize all private property and privately held bank accounts on the Island. The Bacardi family moved important trademarks out of Cuba, and using a Bacardi owned plant built in Puerto Rico, were able to continue to build their company. Bacardi is now the largest family owned spirits company in the world.

The Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez (10 Years Old) is produced using column still distillation and  barrel aging. This rum has been aged for a minimum of 10 years in the Caribbean.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez (10 Years Old)

“… The aroma is somewhat spicy as a firm dusty oak presence dominates the breezes above the glass. Vanilla and treacle unravel themselves from the dry spice followed by impressions of tobacco, marzipan and more dusty oak spice. There is also a lovely touch of baking spice (cinnamon and indications of nutmeg and allspice) and an underlying sense of bitter walnut. …”

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

Chimo!

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Review: Tanduay Superior Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 11, 2019

In 2013, Tanduay Holdings began its entry into North America by placing two new rums into the US 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 Philippines and was sold almost exclusively into Asia.) The launch featured their premium Silver, and Gold rums which I reviewed in 2013 and reassessed again earlier this year (here and here).

Tanduay Superior Rum is a more premium spirit which has been sold in my home Province of Alberta for some time now. It is produced from a blend of rums apparently aged for 12 years or more. According to the promotional materials I have been sent, the Superior Rum is meant to be meant enjoyed neat or over ice.

Here is a link to my recent re-evaluation of this premium spirit:

Review: Tanduay Superior Rum

” … The Tanduay Superior is a little dryer in the mouth than I was expecting with the light caramel sweetness I noticed on the nose taking a back seat to pungent oak spices and the lightly bitter flavours of toasted walnut and coconut. There is a gentle sweep of vanilla which runs through the rum as well …”

Please enjoy my re-evaluation of Tanduay Superior Rum. I have a ful schedule of reviews coming over the next few weeks as I catch up from my summer hiatus.

Chimo!

 

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