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Review: Rum Nation British Guyana 10 Year Old (Cask Strength)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 21, 2020

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 winemaking). 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 rare limited edition rum bottlings.

One such bottling is Rum Nation British Guyana 10 Year Old (Cask Strength) bottled at 56.5 % alcohol by Volume. The Rum Nation British Guyana 10 Year Old (Cask Strength) rum is a blend of distillates from three different or the historic stills from the original DDL old distillation plant, the French Savalle still, the wooden Coffey still, and the double wooden pot still.

Here is a link to my full review of this outstanding bottling:

Review: Rum Nation British Guyana 10 Year Old (Cask Strength)

“… Wow! The rum kicks you in the tonsils and then makes a fair attempt to sear the throat. This is not a smooth easy going dram. This is a mouth clobbering rum!  But man oh man, does it pack in a lot of flavour! Molasses, licorice and treacle, heated orange peel, astringent oak sap even a bit of acidic bite. I taste sherry-like flavours of raisins and dates, with coffee and dark bitter cocoa …”

Please enjoy my review, and stay tuned for more selection from Rum Nation over the next several weeks!

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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Review: Ron Millonario 10 Anniversario Reserva

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 8, 2020

This past Christmas, I reviewed the 24 Rums which were featured in the 1423 World Class Spirits – 2019 24 Days of Rum Calendar. The reviews were written based upon my my taste impressions from a small (20ml) sample of each rum which was provided in the European edition of that said rum advent.

I was also sent larger 50ml samples of each rum in the American version of that same rum advent and during the New Year with more time to evaluate each spirit and with a larger sample I have been able to more fully round out each of these reviews adjusted the scores to more accurately reflect my feelings towards each spirit.

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

“… If you do not like sweet rums then this is one to leave alone. However, if you do not mind the more honeyed path, then this rum is for you as it is full of yummy flavours of caramel, chocolate and cocoa. There is just enough oak character and spice to contrast the sweetness …”

Here is a link to the newly completed full review:

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Review: Mount Gay 1703 XO Reserve Cask Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 3, 2020

This past Christmas, I reviewed the 24 Rums which were featured in the 1423 World Class Spirits – 2019 24 Days of Rum Calendar. The reviews were written based upon my my taste impressions from a small (20ml) sample of each rum which was provided in the European edition of that said rum advent. I was also sent larger 50ml samples of each rum in the American version of that same rum advent.

My plan for the New Year is to re-sample each of these rums and re-post each review. These re-posted reviews will be more complete with the scores adjusted slightly based on my impressions from the larger sample.

The first of these re-posted reviews is for the very first rum in the advent, Mount Gay 1703 XO Reserve Cask Rum a wonderful rum from Barbados.

Here is a link to the newly completed full review:

Review: Mount Gay 1703 XO Reserve Cask Rum

“… The breezes above the glass show me a complex nose featuring a nice mingling of oak, molasses and tar-like smells.As the glass breathes, I notice firm oak spice, dark caramelized treacle and molasses as well as enticing baking spices (vanilla, cinnamon and clove) combined with roasted marshmallow, coffee and cocoa …”

Please enjoy the review which now includes a suggested serving, the Aztec Rum Old Fashioned.

Happy New Year Everyone!

 

 

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24 Days of Rum (#24) – Ron Abuelo Rum Napolean XV (Panama)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas Everyone!

We have reached the end of the 24 Days Of Rum Advent Calendar review series, and this ending brings us to the Varela Hermanos Distillery  in the Republic of Panama. (I can almost hear Van Halen singing in the background.)

Ron Abuelo Rum Napolean XV is part of the Ron Abuelo Finish Collection which is a family of rums which have been aged in white American Oak barrels and then finished in either sherry, cognac or porto barrels. The name of each brand represents both the added wood character of the finish, and also the places that the finishing barrels came from, Oloroso for Jerez and Spain, Napoleon for Cognac and France, and Tawny for Porto and Portugal.

Ron Abuelo Napolean 15 Anos is a well aged rum which was aged first in Ex-American oak barrels and then finished in French Cognac barrels.

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

Review: Ron Abuelo Rum Napolean XV

“…Smells become deeper and richer, a bit of port cigar mingles with Christmas cake and rich baking spices …”

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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