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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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Review: Clément V.S.O.P. Rhum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 3, 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.

Rhum Clément VSOP begins its maturation in the cellars of Habitation Clément in new French oak barrels. After a period of at least 1 year in these smaller french barrels, the rum is then transferred to larger re-charred Bourbon barrels for another 3 years. The final spirit is bottled at 40% alcohol by volume.

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.

Rhum Clément VSOP begins its maturation in the cellars of Habitation Clément in new French oak barrels. After a period of at least 1 year in these smaller french barrels, the rum is then transferred to larger re-charred Bourbon barrels for another 3 years.

Here is a link to my latest Rhum Review:

Review: Clément V.S.O.P. Rhum

“… The breezes above the glass contain a combination of fine oak spice accented with woodier cedar notes. There is some butterscotch toffee, hints of maple, bits of dried raisins, and indications of both orange peel and orange marmalade in the breezes. Hints of cinnamon and ginger can be found as well as a light wisp of vanilla …”

Please enjoy my review which includes my suggested cocktail serving, Darling Clémentine.

Chimo!

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Review: Cockspur VSOR 12

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 29, 2019

Cockspur VSOR is the most premium rum brand produced by Cockspur. According to the company website:

We find it hard to do anything halfway. So when we make our Very Special Old Reserve blend, we really go all out. We wanted it to be rich, have a great body, a nice smell, an exceptional taste and leave a nice feeling in your mouth. It was not easy, but we managed to get it done. This well-aged, premium rum has it all – a beautiful mahogany colour, a lovely toffee, vanilla and oak aroma, a taste suggestive of bourbon and vanilla and a warm oak aftertaste. Yes, it is hard work and takes time… but it is worth it

The rum is produced from molasses and aged in American Oak at the Cockspur facilities in Barbados. According to information presented to me several years ago, both column still and pot still rums are used in the premium rum’s production.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Cockspur VSOR 12

“… The rum looks dark and rich with the enticing scents a of treacle, molasses, baking spices (vanilla, cinnamon and cloves), and roasted walnuts. There are hints of bourbon and corn as well which are probably due to the American Oak aging barrels used to mature the rum …”

Please enjoy my review, and if you happen to have a bottle of the Cockspur VSOR, treat yourself to a Rum Old Fashioned as I did at the conclusion of my review.

Chimo!

 

 

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