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Six Saints Caribbean Rum

Review: Six Saints Caribbean Rum   83/100
a review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Posted December 4, 2020

Six Saints Rum is apparently a spirit produced an the Isle of Grenada and is named for the island’s six saintly parishes; Saint Patrick, Saint Mark, Saint John, Saint Andrew, Saint George, and Saint David. It is column distilled (from stills  which were originally from Glasgow, Scotland) using only pure ingredients. The Distillery is located in the south of the island, near the capital St. George, and apparently has been producing rum since 1937.  The resulting rum distillate (unsweetened) is typically (and tropically) aged for 3 to 5 years in ex bourbon barrels and bottled in small batches at 41.7 % abv.

In The Bottle 4/5

A bottle shot for the Grenadan Rum is shown to the left. I like the squat cylindrical bottle with the cork stopper, although in truth the cork seems a little too spongy for my taste (sponginess indicates a low quality cork). I would prefer a synthetic stopper which may not break down over time as easily. The shape of the bottle with its low center of gravity and the heavy glass base is more stable than a taller bottle meaning it won’t tip over easily and the somewhat longer neck makes pouring without spilling easy as well.

The label is rather simple, I would like to see more information regarding the age and terroir of the spirit included.

In the Glass 8.5/10

Colour: yellow/gold

Legs: slender and disappearing quickly

Nose: Light butterscotch and almond with fine dusty oak spice. Bits of orange peel and baking spice (vanilla, cinnamon and ginger). Banana and banana peel. Hint of raisin and a touch of marmalade developing.

In the Mouth 50/60

Light and dry across the palate with a fine bite from both alcohol and oak spice. Vanilla, almond and butterscotch play with citrus zest and fine peppery spices. Bits of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger mingle within.

The rum is only moderately complex, but it is clean and pleasing especially with a drop of ice in the glass. My instict would be to mix a cocktail with ginger-ale and fruit juice as shown below:

SpenceThe Spence Cocktail

2 oz  Six Saints Caribbean Rum
1 orange slice
1 drop Angostura bitters
Ice
Ginger ale

Muddle 1 slice of orange with 1 drop of Angostura Bitters in a rocks glass
Add 2 oz Aged Rum
Top up with ginger ale and ice

Of course, enjoy responsibly!

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In the Throat 12/15

The exit is clean, crisp and dry with a light lingering sweetness of butterscotch and vanilla. A touch of alcohol and oak spice heat builds which can be assuaged easily with a well placed ice cube.

The Afterburn 8.5/10

This is a clean, honest young rum perfect for mixed cocktails or sipping over ice.  Its the style of rum I prefer when mixing drinks with my friends on lazy Sundays in the sun.

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

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Suggested Recipe:

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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