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Potter’s Superior White Rum

Review: Potter’s Superior White Rum 86/100
a review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Published October, 14, 2012

According to Highwood DistillersPotter’s Superior White Rum is sourced in the Caribbean. They do not specify a country of origin (which may mean that the rum is sourced from more than one location), and they do not make any age claim. However, I have been told that the rum in the bottle is not an infant spirit, and I can verify that based upon Canadian Law all rum in Canada must be aged for at least one year in the oak barrel. And according to my understanding, all the rum used in the Potter’s blend has been aged for at least a year its the country of origin. As well, some of the rum is also additionally aged in oak barrels at the Highwood facility in High River, Alberta. The blend is charcoal filtered to be clear, and then is bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

I was provided with a sample of a 750 ml glass bottle directly from the folks at Highwood for the purpose of a review upon this website.

In the Bottle 4/5

The Potter’s Superior White Rum arrives in the bottle shown to the left. This is a typical “bar room” style of bottle designed to be easy to hold, easy to pour, and easy to store on the bar shelf. I like that the bottle has some textured surface above and below the label as this makes the bottle easier to grip when it is cold or wet.

The label is better than I typically have seen on other Highwood products, the colour scheme is easy on the eyes, and everything is easy to see and read. As well, the back label of the bottle includes this comment:

The ultimate tropical mixer and cocktail starter, Potter’s Superior White Rum is a light-bodied spirit, gently sweet in flavour. The rich, exotic tastes of the Caribbean ingredients promise a rewarding escape with every sip. Enjoy!

I appreciate the unpretentious nature of this comment, the rum is clearly intended as a mixing rum and doesn’t pretend it is anything else.

In the Glass 8.5/10

The rum in the glass is crystal clear with no hints of colour at all. It displays a bit of a candied flair when I bring it to my nose, with scents reminiscent of cotton candy and ever so light hints of candy cane. There are very light notes of caramel and brown sugar, banana, and citrus zest and maybe even a little fresh from the oven meringue. (You know, that nice toasty meringue on top of hot Lemon Meringue pies.)

This is a very pleasant white rum in the glass, and I am impressed.

In the Mouth 52/60

I am to be honest, wondering why I waited so long to try this local white rum. The initial impression I receive upon the palate is that we have a moderately smooth white rum with a nice zesty character. The features which I identified upon the nose are all revealed again upon the palate. I taste a light honeyed caramel accented by candied fruit. this is a light imprints of mint and whispers of anise and licorice. There is not much of the harshness which one normally associates with a white rum. Instead, we have a nice spicy citrus zest which mingles with the other flavours and provides some welcome spiciness which should bode well for cocktails.

Speaking of cocktails, I first one I tried with the Potter’s was a mojito. The rum makes a nice mojito with a just a touch of spiciness. I found the same was true when a mixed a daiquiri.  I am pleased.

In the Throat 13/15

The rum works out nice when sipped neat. It is smooth in the throat, with a bit of spicy zest heating the palate. I taste a warm fade of caramel and cotton candy. When mixed into cocktails, that same spicy zest gives my cocktails a little more life.

The Afterburn 8.5/10

What a pleasant surprise. A white rum blended here in Alberta, which I feel stacks up well against the best white rums I have tasted so far. It is a great mixer which suits any style of cocktail I choose. I love it, when I find a diamond in the rough!

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


Suggested Recipe

Rum and Tonic

Tonic water contains a substance called quinine which complements the piny notes of gin, and hence the famous Gin and Tonic is a very popular bar drink. I believe that the quinine in tonic water is also a nice complement to the grassy vegetal tones I taste in most White Rums.

1 1/2 oz White Rum
1/2 oz Tonic Water
Slice of Lime quartered

Place a quarter of Lime into an Old Fashioned Glass
Fill the glass with crushed ice and add the Rum and Tonic.

Enjoy Responsibly!

(Photo Courtesy Rum Connection)


Here is a ‘Cosmopolitan style’ cocktail I created called, Red Sky at Night

Red Sky at Night
a cocktail by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)

2 oz Premium White Rum
1 oz Cointreau
1 oz lime juice
1 oz Red Cranberry juice
1/2 oz Grenadine
Lime slice for garnish

Shake all the ingredients over ice
Strain into a cocktail glass
Garnish with a small slice of Lime

Please remember to drink responsibly, the aim of my blog is to help you drink better spirits…not more spirits!


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 and for sublime cocktails.)
95.5+            Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)

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