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Cane Island Australia Rum (4 Years Old)

Review: Cane Island Australia Rum (4 Years Old) 87/100
a review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Published December 7, 2020

Cane Island is a rum brand owned by Infinity Spirits, who appear to be based in Amsterdam. The purpose of the Cane Island Brand appears to be to showcase Rums which are sourced from a single distillery from iconic Island rum nations in the Caribbean and elsewhere in the world. Each one of these countries has a long history of rum production with their own styles and traditions.

Cane Island Australian Rum was distilled at Beenleigh Rum Distillery. If you go to the Beenleigh Distillery website you will see that the claim to be the oldest operating distillery in Austrailia who have been producing rum since before the invention of Coca Cola.

The rum is distributed by 1423 World Class Spirits (based in Denmark) and according to their website, Cane Island Australian Rum was distilled on a pot still, matured for 4 years in a tropical climate using former American oak bourbon barrels. The spirit is bottled at 43 % alcohol by volume.

In the Bottle 4.5/5

Cane Island Australian Rum is sold in the short stubby bottle shown to the left. I am confused as to why the label seems to highlight the Caribbean region rather than Australia. I suggest an update for the Australian bottling should be undertaken. I do like however that information regarding the Distillery of Origin, the maturation cask, and the type of still (a pot still) is included on the label. I also like the clear age statement.

In The Glass 8.5/10

Colour: Copper just beginning to turn to bronze

Legs: Medium sized thick(ish) legs which crawl slowly down.

Nose: Caramel and molasses with oak spice, almond developing with vanilla and baking spice (allspice and cinnamon), marmalade and marzipan begin to show. As the rum begins to breathe we start to note herbal esters and aromas from the pot still give the nose a nice added funk which is very pleasing.

In the Mouth 52.5/60

The rum carries a nice oaky sweetness across the palate. Herbal pot still flavours meld into the flavour profile nicely as do flavours of both marzipan and orange marmalade. Vanillans and caramel serve to keep the heat down, and the rum has a heavy bodied texture that feels nice in the mouth.

I added an ice cube to the glass to soften the sweetness just a little and enjoyed the flavours of coffee and cocoa that evolved as I sipped.

In The Throat 13/15

The rum has a long semi sweet finish with an oaky mixture of marzipan and marmalade linger with herba/menthol flavours of the pot still. There is just a touch too much heat, then again this is a four year old spirit and as such I am not critical espcially as the spirit is bottle at 43 % rather than the customer 40 % abv..

The Afterburn  8.5/10

This is an excellent anejo rum! Lovely pot still flavours have melded into oak and caramel to give us a young rum that can be sipped quite easily. I enjoyed it more with ice, just because the sweetness was just a touch higher than I normally prefer. However, as a four year old spirit, Cane Island Australian rum surpassed my expectations.

If you are interested in comparing more scores, here is a link to my other published Rum Reviews.


You may (loosely) interpret the scores as follows.

0-25     A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49   Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59  You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69   Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74    Now we have a fair mixing rum or whisky.  Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79    You may begin to serve this to friends, again probably still cocktail territory.
80-84    We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails)
85-89    Excellent for sipping or for mixing!
90-94    Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+       I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.

Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and  Bronze medal  scale as follows:

70 – 79.5    Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5     Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95         Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping

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