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Review: Flor de Caña 4 (Añejo 0ro)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 6, 2018

Flor de Caña has a history of rum production which is dated to 1890 at the San Antonio Sugar Mill, in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua. The company was founded by Francisco Alfredo Pellas and today, over 120 years later, the company is led headed by the fifth generation of the Pellas family. It has grown to be not only one of Central America’s leading brands of rum, it is also one of the most recognized rum brands in the world. According to the company website, all of the Flor de Caña rum is produced from molasses which is made from sugar cane harvested in fields adjacent to the distillery in Chichigalpa. This molasses is fermented and then distilled five times in a continuous column still. The resulting distillate is laid down to age in small American white oak barrels in traditional aging warehouses built without air conditioning in an undisturbed environment.

Flor de Caña 4 (Anejo Oro) is an aged rum with the number 4 on the label representative of the average age of the rums in the blend with some variation in the actual age based upon blending to a consistent flavour profile. According to the folks at Flor de Caña this aged spirit is excellent with soda and mineral water, and is a perfect match for punches and light cocktails.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Flor de Caña 4 (Añejo 0ro)

“… The Flor de Caña 4 is a light bodied column distilled rum which has a dry quality when it is sipped. There is a little bite of alcohol and some grassiness at the front of the delivery, followed by a light butterscotch sweetness, vanilla and almond. Fine wood spices and orange peel keep the mouth lightly heated …”

Please enjoy the review which concludes with two serving suggestions, the Cuba Libre’ and the Railcar.

Chimo!

 

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Review: El Dorado 5 Year Cask Aged Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 29, 2018

The Diamond Distillery sits on the East Bank of the Demerara River near Georgetown, Guyana. The Distillery, originally attached to the now closed Diamond Sugar Estate, is home to Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL).

According to the El Dorado Website, the El Dorado 5 Year Cask Aged Rum obtains unique character comes from the blending of traditional aged rums from the Uitvlugt Savalle Still and one of the most famous Coffey stills in the entire world, The EHP Wooden Still or Wooden Continuous Coffey. In my past writings I have stated that I consider the EHP Wooden Coffey Still to be one of the Great Wonders of the Rum World. It was constructed in 1880 at the Enmore Estate (over 130 years ago), and it continues to operate at the Diamond Distillery today.The use of these ancient stills ensures that the Demerara Rum produced at DDL’s Diamond Distillery is unlike anything produced anywhere else in the world. (For more information on the unique Heritage Stills in operation at the Diamond distillery you may read my first hand account here (Diamond Distillery Tour).

Here is a link to my recently revised review:

Review: El Dorado 5 Year Cask Aged Rum

“… As soon as the bottle was opened, I noticed a firm aroma of coarse toasted brown sugar with hints of baking spices (vanilla and cinnamon) in the merry little breezes above the bottle. As the bottle was poured the glass, the slightly bitter smell of oak tannins and wood sap joined in. As I allowed the glass to breathe the oaken smells seemed to meld with the brown sugar and baking spices. There were indications of toasted coconut, almond, as well as some orange peel and banana: however these indications appear as mere accents upon the dominant characteristics of oak, rummy dark brown sugar and baking spice …”

Please enjoy the revised review which contains fuller descriptions of the spirit, its heritage, and no less than three suggested servings.

Chimo!

 

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Review: Jamaican Lion Dark Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 22, 2018

Jamaica Lion Rums are produced and bottled by Royal Jamaica Rums who are headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica. Royal Jamaican Rums originated at the Monymusk distillery which is one of the oldest plantations on the Island of Jamaica. It is located on the south side of Jamaica in St. Catherine ‘s Town, and has been producing Rum since the 18th century.

Jamaica Lion Dark Rum is imported into the USA by International Distillers and Vinters who are situated in Everett, Washington. My sample bottle arrived to me via a good friend who recently traveled to Jamaica. He purchased the bottle at one of the Duty Free shops on his way home and brought it over to share with me after his vacation. The Dark Rum is bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my review:

Review: Jamaican Lion Dark Rum

“… The flavour is similar to a mixture of vanilla extract, treacle and light molasses. (In case you are wondering dark treacle has a flavour resembling charred caramel with a slightly bitter aftertaste.) Although it was not apparent on the nose, there is a light oak spiciness apparent …”

Please enjoy my review!

Chimo!

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Review: Jamaica Lion Spiced Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 15, 2018

Jamaica Lion Rums are produced and bottled by Royal Jamaica Rums who are headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica. Royal Jamaican Rums originated at the Monymusk distillery which is one of the oldest plantations on the Island of Jamaica. It is located on the south side of Jamaica in St. Catherine ‘s Town, and has been producing Rum since the 18th century.

Jamaica Lion Spiced Rum is imported into the USA by International Distillers and Vinters who are situated in Everett, Washington. My sample bottle arrived to me via a good friend who recently traveled to Jamaica. He purchased the bottle at one of the Duty Free shops on his way home and brought it over to share with me after his vacation.

Review: Jamaica Lion Spiced Rum

“… The breezes above the glass indicate to me that vanilla is at the forefront of this rum which also carries aromas of treacle and lightly sweet butterscotch. There are indications of of other spices meandering the air, some cinnamon and ginger, with perhaps a hint of cloves,  coriander and nutmeg as well …”

Please enjoy my review and my cocktail suggestion which follows.

Chimo!

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Review: Blackwell Fine Jamaican Dark Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 8, 2018

Blackwell Fine Jamaican Dark Rum is a brand of Jamaican Dark Rum founded by Cris Blackwell (founder of Island Records) and Richard Kirshenbaum (advertising executive and CEO of NSGSWAT). Their rum is apparently produced by J. Wray and Nephew from a recipe developed by Chris Blackwell (with the help of Appleton Estate’s Master Blender Joy Spence. This dark rum is based on a family recipe which hails from the time the Lindo family (who happen to be related directly to Blackwell on his Mother’s side) owned J. Wray & Nephew.

According to the Blackwell Rum website:

The Blackwell family recipe is an original fusion of traditional ‘heavy pot’ dark rum with a distinct “Black Gold” style that creates the perfect, elegant blend of depth, character and smoothness perfect for use in mixed drinks and on its own.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Blackwell Fine Jamaican Dark Rum

“… The nose is quite different from other Jamaican dark rums I have tried. I was expecting a funky push of fragrant esters from the advertised ‘heavy pot’ rum in the blend, but instead I found the nose remarkable restrained. Aromas of treacle (dark almost burnt caramel) led out into the breezes followed by bits of orange peel and dark Cocoa. There are very light hits of dark licorice with some fried fruit …”

Please enjoy my review which includes a serving suggestion at the conclusion.

Chimo!

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