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Review: Noxx & Dunn Florida Rum 2-4-5

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 20, 2016

Noxx And Dunn 245 SAM_2590Two years ago when Campari purchased J Wray & Nephew, they terminated the Appleton Estate Rum sales team in here in Canada. Then early last year they also terminated the long-term contract of Michael Delevante, aka the Rum Doctor. This meant that after 50 years of service as Rum Master and Rum Blender for Appleton Estate Rum, the Rum Doctor was able to team up with some of his old collaborators, and together they are bringing to the market an aged Florida Rum.

The Noxx and Dunn 2-4-5 Rum they created is made from a blend of 100%  Florida sugar cane molasses pot and column distilled spirit. These rums were aged for 2, 4 and 5 years in the sub tropics (in Florida of course) in once used bourbon barrels. Importantly, no flavouring and no colour were added. The colour and flavour of the rum in the bottle is completely natural and derived from the ageing process.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Noxx & Dunn Florida Rum 2-4-5

“… The nose is rich with smells of deep dark brown sugar and baking spices. Vanilla, cinnamon and hints of clove and allspice are apparent as is a relatively strong push of oak spice. Hints of wood sap also seem to linger in my nostrils after I have given the glass a good snoot. Bits of marmalade and roasted walnuts round out the aroma which has me very impressed …”

Please enjoy my review of this surprisingly good Florida Rum, Chimo!

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Cocktail Hour: Nocturnal

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 19, 2016

Nocturnal SAM_2592Today’s libation is mixed drink that pairs a robust rum (Noxx and Dun 2-4-5) with a sweet coffee liqueur (Kahlua). I stumbled upon this flavour combination when I was checking out the cocktail selections on the Bacardi Rum website. Their version of the cocktail (called Noctuno) is a little different from my final version as I changed the ratio of rum to coffee liqueur from 2:1 to 3:1 which gives the rum in the serving more expression. I also added a touch of lemon juice to provide a very small counterbalance of tart flavour to play against the sweetness of the Kahlua.

The Nocturnal (as I call my version of the mixed drink) is excellent as an after dinner drink to enjoy while entertaining friends and family.

Nocturnal

2 oz  Noxx & Dunn 2-4-5 Rum
3/4 oz  Kahlua (sub quality Coffee Liqueur)
dash  Fresh Lemon Juice
ice
Orange Peel

Add ice in a small rocks glass
Pour the aged rum and the coffee liqueur over the ice
Add a dash of lemon juice
Stir
Garnish with a thin slice of Orange Peel.
Enjoy

If  you are interested in more of my original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

 

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2016 Spiced Rum Taste-off: Captain Morgan Silver Spiced Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 18, 2016

Silver Spiced RumCaptain Morgan Rum traces its history back to 1945 when Seagram’s CEO, Samuel Bronfman, negotiated the purchase of the Long Pond Distillery from the Jamaican Government and formed the Captain Morgan Rum Company. The company’s iconic rum brand, Captain Morgan’s Original Spiced Rum was based upon a recipe purchased from two local Jamaican pharmacists, the Levy Brothers, who had developed the recipe using rum from the Long Pond Distillery. The brand is now owned by Diageo, and their Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum is the best-selling spiced rum in the world.

The lessor known Captain Morgan Silver Spiced Rum, is a blend of clear, rich Puerto Rican white rum and tropical spice with a sweet vanilla character. It is bottled at 35% alcohol by volume.

#15 Captain Morgan Silver Spiced Rum

“… The initial aroma is pleasant with a pleasing (but very mild) mixture of butterscotch and vanilla rising into the breezes. I sense some tropical fruit (mango, banana and orange peel) and light accents of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Also rising into the breezes is a very light oakiness …”

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I hope you all find this countdown enjoyable and you can follow the rankings here:

The Rum Howler 2016 Spiced Rum Countdown

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Review: Casamigos Añejo Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 17, 2016

Cas Amigos An SAM_2577Casamigos is a tequila brand promoted by George Clooney, Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman. According to the website information this is an ultra premium tequila made in a small batch process from ‘hand-selected 100% Blue Weber agaves, grown in the rich red clay and cool climate of the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. As a highland tequila, we can expect Casamigos to exhibit strong fruity citrus notes and to have a little hot pepper in the delivery and in the finish. (This is as opposed to lowland tequila which has stronger earthier flavours of agave and less hot pepper.)

The Casamigos website tells us that the piñas of the hand selected agave are roasted in traditional brick ovens for 72 hours prior to their fermentation. During a long 80 hour fermentation, these piñas are exposed a special blend of yeast said to maintain a ‘consistent, refined flavor’. The Añejo Tequila is rested in American Oak for 14 months before being bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Casamigos Añejo Tequila

“… The spirit in the glass is quite nice to nose. A light sweetness of caramel is combined with a light dusting of oak and sandalwood and a gentle sweep of vanilla. These notes are followed by a firm but slightly muted fruity agave presence. It takes a few minutes but eventually spicy notes of white pepper and hot citrus zest begin to break though as well …”

Please enjoy my review and the cocktail recipes included within, Chimo!

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Cocktail Hour: Casa Rica

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 16, 2016

Casa Rica SAM_2581When I receive spirit samples for review, I often ask the producer (or distributer) for a cocktail suggestion or two to give me an idea of how the people who make and market the spirit intend for us to enjoy it.

Today’s cocktail is one such bar drink. It is a sour drink that it uses both orange juice and lime and includes a dash of bitters to give the libation added depth and complexity. The recipe was sent to me by the Alberta distributor of Casamigos Tequila, Charton Hobbs and after giving it a try, I can safely give the bar drink my Rum Howler Seal of Approval.

Casa Rica

2 oz Casamigos Anejo Tequila
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1/8 oz fresh Lime Juice
1/8 oz fresh Orange Juice
dash Angostura Bitters
Ice
Orange Twist

Add all the ingredient into a metal shaker with ice
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Strain into a cocktail glass
Garnish with an Orange Twist
Enjoy Responsibly!

If  you are interested in more of my original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my favourite servings.

Note: My review for the Casamigos Anejo Tequila will publish tomorrow.

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2016 Spiced Rum Taste-off: Capatain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 15, 2016

Cable Car SAM_2624

Captain Morgan and the Cable car

Admiral Sir Henry Morgan (aka Captain Morgan) was a Welsh ‘privateer’ who attacked and plundered the Caribbean on behalf of, and with the written consent of (in the form of an English Letter of Marque), the Governor of Jamaica, Sir Thomas Modyford. Privateers at that time in history were essentially ‘legal pirates’ who were allowed to attack and loot enemies of the state reaping the rewards from their plunder in lieu of pay. Researching Sir Henry Morgan, I learned he was a skilled naval captain, a ruthless buccaneer, and one of the most successful ‘privateers’ in the history of piracy earning a Knighthood for himself in 1674.

Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum is of course the name of Diageo’s top-selling spiced rum. It is the most successful spiced rum (at least with respect to sales) in the entire category, and has pretty much set the standard for sales and marketing for all other spiced rums to follow.

Here are my latest thoughts on the Original Captain:

#16 Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

” …  I began to taste light oak spices, a peppery citrus zest, and the faint echo of baking spices. My feeling is that the flavour profile is quite approachable, but it is not really geared towards sipping. This is a mixer and that is where the rum excels …”

Please enjoy the review which includes a fantastic cocktail recipe created by Tony Abou-Ganim, the Cable Car.

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I hope you all find this countdown enjoyable and you can follow the rankings here:

The Rum Howler 2016 Spiced Rum Countdown

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Review: Cabresto Don Silver Reserve Añejo

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 14, 2016

Cabresto Anejo SAM_2578Tequila Cabresto, imported by Cabresto Imports Corporation, is a brand rooted as solidly in Detroit as they are in Arandas, Mexico. Tequila Cabresto is a family owned brand with duties spread across two generations of the Lopez family. Founder Silverio Lopez runs the family ranch in Arandas and cares for the agave until its reached peak yield. His son Antonio is learning the craft of growing the best agave in the world and currently handles the branding and exportation of Cabresto to the US. Daughter Sonia is the first Lopez to graduate college and is spearheading the US operations of Cabresto Imports Corporation. They do all this while maintaining the family tire shop in Southwest Detroit.

In December, Cabresto released their Don Silverio Reserve Añejo. Aged for 18 months in American white oak barrels, Cabresto Añejo was the first spirit in the Cabresto line-up to feature Tequila Cabresto‘s new shorter more premium bottle and modernized logo.

Here is a link to my review:

Review: Cabresto Don Silver Reserve Añejo

“… The initial aroma from the glass continues to excite me as my nostrils are greeted by clean oak spices which have been accented by citrus zest and white pepper. Fruity agave reaches up as well melding itself into the clean spicy aroma. I catch faint whispers of grilled pineapple and baked garden squash, a light winding of vanilla as well as lovely, faint impressions of mint and cinnamon …”

Please enjoy my review as I continue to climb the ladder towards the top of the Cabresto Tequila line-up.  Chimo!

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Cocktail Hour: Añejo Tequila Sour

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 13, 2016

‘Sour’ drinks are amongst the oldest family of mixed drinks and have been served by bartenders in America since the early 1800s. The basic recipe for a sour is to combine a base spirit with lemon or lime juice and to add a sweetener to balance the flavour. Although this style of cocktail originated quite a bit earlier, Jerry Thomas is often referenced in his 1862 book, How to Mix Drinks for providing the first published recipe for this form of bar drink.

Añejo Tequila Sour SAM_2594Typically a sour recipe will take the form of a 4-2-1 construction which represents 4 parts of base spirit, two parts of sour (lemon or lime juice), and one part of sweetener (sugar syrup or orange liqueur). This formulation works very well, allowing the base spirit to dominate the serving while maintaining the balance between the sweet and the sour elements. Sometime though, particularly when I am mixing with an outstanding spirit, I prefer to alter those ratios bringing an even stronger focus to the base spirit. Such is the case with Cabresto Don Silver Anejo Tequila.

Añejo Tequila Sour

3 oz Cabresto Añejo Tequila
1/8 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
3/4 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Simple Syrup (1:1)
2 dashes Orange Bitters
ice
Orange Peel

Add the first five ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake until the sides frost
Strain into a chilled rocks glass with ice
Garnish with orange peel.

Enjoy Responsibly!

If  you are interested in more original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

Note: My review of Cabresto Don Silver Anejo Tequila will publish tomorrow. Chimo!

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2016 Spiced Rum Taste-off: Lamb’s Blacksheep Spiced Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 12, 2016

lambs-blacksheepLamb’s Blacksheep Spiced Rum was recently dropped from the  Corby Brands website which lists their entire stable of North American Brands. hopefully this is only temporary as the brand featured a very unique take on the spiced rum category. When the brand was listed, they offered this description of the spiced rum:

“…Lamb’s® Black Sheep Spiced Rum is produced and blended in small batches to ensure consistency of the complex flavour profile that is unique to the rum category. Our ingredients – the finest cinnamon from Korintje, Madagascar-bourbon vanilla and lime essence from Mexico have been carefully selected from around the world to ensure optimal enjoyment on the palate…”

My bottle of the Blacksheep rum is bottled at 37.5 % alcohol by volume, and even though it has disappeared from Corby’s website it is still available in my locale in the attractive 750 ml bottle shown to the left.

Here is a link to my review:

#17 Lamb’s Blacksheep Spiced Rum

“… Speaking of the cinnamon, it’s imprint is felt firmly in the breeses above the glass as is a healthy dose of vanilla. The combination of sugar sweetener, cinnamon, and vanilla reminds me of those tiny red heart-shaped candies I used to buy as a kid. Behind the cinnamon and the vanilla is the mild caramel scent …”

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I hope you all find this countdown enjoyable and you can follow the rankings here:

The Rum Howler 2016 Spiced Rum Countdown

 

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Review: Espolon Reposado Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 11, 2016

Lonely Silver Rain SAM_2572Espolon is a tequila brand created by Master Distiller Cirilo Oropeza. This is a premium tequila made in a small batch process from ‘hand-selected 100% Blue Weber agave, grown in the rich red clay and cool climate of the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. At that facility piñas of the hand selected agave are cooked for 18 to 20 hours prior to their fermentation. They apparently use a slower distillation technique than is in use at most other facilities, and when the spirit is finished, their Espolon Reposado Tequila is aged in new American Oak barrels for 6 months, filtered and then bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

The Espolon website tells us that the company likes to play rock music at their facilities to ‘inspire’ the agave. I did a little follow-up research and found a question and answer session with the Espolon Master Distiller, Cirilo Oropeza on the Campari America (the brand owner) website (see here) where the Mr. Oropeza admits he actually prefers to play classical music instead. This is because (according to Oropeza when referring to classical music), “it’s not so fast, not so crazy, it’s gentler for the yeast.” 

Here is a link to my full review of the Espolon Reposado Tequila which apparently is produced after exposure to in interesting range of musical styles:

Review: Espolon Reposado Tequila

“… The first sip brings a slight coolness to the palate a we have a light menthol-like flavour melded into the soft agave and peppery spice of the highland tequila. A mild but firm impression of sweetness comes through as well resembling light butterscotch lying alongside the agave. There is a gentle vanilla presence, hints of cinnamon and milk chocolate and a scattering of sandalwood spice …”

Please enjoy my latest review as I continue to walk on the wild side with the agave spirit, Chimo!

 

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