Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 14, 2012
According to Highwood Distillers, Potter’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.
Here is an excerpt from my review:
“… 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… “
Here is a link to the full review:
I provided two nice recipes at the end of the review, Rum and Tonic, and Red Sky at Night.
Please enjoy the review and the delicious cocktails!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 24, 2011
Proof Rum is a relatively new brand of Rum produced by Proof Brands. The company currently produces whisky, rum and vodka all of which are bottled at 42 % ABV in unique stubby 500 ml bottles. The brand and the spirits are the creation of Michael Riley, a ten-year veteran of the alcohol beverage industry. Michael spent 5 years as the Director of Spirits for the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario). He has also has worked with such brands as Crown Royal, Absolut, Captain Morgan, Chivas Regal and Molson Canadian. Proof Rum was recently awarded a silver medal at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
As part of the review process, I emailed Michael Riley to learn a little about his rum. What I learned is that the backbone of his spirit is a Guyanese aged rum which has spent 1.5-2 years aging in oak barrels (the time in oak varies with climate conditions), before being shipped to Canada. In order to achieve a consistent taste profile the rum is blended with small quantities of other rums which have been aged in Canada. The country of origin of these “Canadian Rums’ may vary depending upon what the blender requires to keep the taste profile consistent. The final blend is charcoal filtered to produce the clear spirit called, Proof Rum. I was recently given a bottle of this Proof Rum by the local distributor of Proof Brands, Diamond Estate Wines & Spirits for the purpose of a review here on my website.
Here is an excerpt from my review:
“… That lemony scent I noticed on the nose comes though in spades when I sip the Proof Rum. It accents the rummy caramel flavour, and I am quite liking what I taste as I am sipping. There is just a little floral character as well which reminds me of balsam or perhaps more of lilacs, and there is a little hot peppery madness going on as well which bodes very well for cocktails…”
You may read the full review here:
As well I have provided a nice recipe I call the Iced Rum Cocktail.
Please enjoy the review!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 16, 2010
Highwood Distillers of High River, Alberta was created as Sunnyvale Distillers in 1974. The distillery has seen moderate growth since its initial start up which has increased during the last several years as Highwood has began to assert itself as a major player in the Canadian Distilling Industry.
Although primarily known for their whisky, I have found that Highwood produces a quality rum. Momento Amber Rum from Highwood Distillers is a Demerara blend of rums aged in charred oak barrels at the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. The rum itself, is imported from the world famous Demerara County in Guyana, which has a 300 year tradition of producing top quality rums. Here is an Excerpt from my review:
“…A light honeyed brown sugar aroma with spicy accents rises into the air after I swirl my glass. Long skinny legs trail quickly back into the rum. A vague hint of anise and orange peel oils drift into the merry little breezes. Finally a nice imprint of vanilla and oak set themselves into the aroma as well. Everything in the nose is light and clean. This is very nice and bodes very well for what comes next…”
You may read my full review here:
Although this rum is a nice sipping rum, I have included three “forest Approved” cocktails for your enjoyment. Please enjoy the review!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 14, 2009
Highwood Distillers are from my home province in Alberta Canada. Obviously with no locally grown sugar cane in my province, this rum must be imported. A quick check of the bottle only indicates that the rum originates from a blend of fine rums from the Caribbean. A description which does not really tell me much as to my knowledge all imported rum in Canada originate in the Caribbean.
When I talked to a Highwood representative, at the recent Rocky Mountain Food and Wine Festival in Edmonton, I mentioned that the their White Rum tasted like it was from Guyana to me. He confirmed that the blend was indeed predominantly a demerara blend. I forgot to ask him whether this was always the case with Highwood rums, a question I must remember the next time we speak.
Now this is a local brand, only available in western Canada, but I decided that reviewing a local product would not be a bad idea. So without further introduction, let me present Highwood Imported White Rum:
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