Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 7, 2010
“I am sipping a little Brugal Ron Anejo closing my eyes and letting my imagination build a place where the rum takes me…. Its late afternoon, and I have I found myself at a road side cafe near the ocean, separated from, but within walking distance of a small Dominican Village. I’m sitting on an old wooden cabana chair with the smells of the nearby village caught up in the canvas umbrella overhead. Oils from the roadside, and saps from the trees overhead have speckled the umbrella, mixing with the canvas and leather only to be washed out by the rain every now and again. Some large ceramic urns with banana trees stand on the patio nearby. The table beside me has a bowl of dried fruit and exotic looking nuts for me to chew on. Inside the cafe they must be baking, as I can smell banana bread and sticky cinnamon rolls whenever the door opens.
Across the road there is a path to the ocean. I can see the roll of ocean surf in the distance as the waves break on a rock strewn coastline. Occasionally a gust of wind brings a little of the ocean brine across my face…..”
You may read my review for Brugal Anejo here:
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 9, 2010
This is the second review I am publishing with respect to the rums of Ron Bermudez . I previously reviewed the Ron Anejo Bermudez 5 Anos here on my blog based upon a sample bottle provided to my by Westway L. LTD. My sample bottle of the Don Armando 1852 Ron Anejo 10 Anos rum was also supplied by Westway L. Limited, as they are introducing the Bermudez rums into my home Province of Alberta. The year 1852 is proudly displayed on the label of each bottle of Bermudez rums indicating the year in which the Bermudez family began to produce rum commercially. In fact, the Bermudez rums have been produced in the Dominican Republic practically from the beginning of its nationhood making the Bermudez Distillery the oldest commercial rum distillery in the Dominican Republic.
Here is an excerpt from my review:
“…This is a soft, oily, slightly dry rum with a nice spicy oak accent on the tongue. It is not as sweet in the mouth as the nose will suggest. Rather than a rich brown sugar we have more of a mellow butterscotch on the palate….”
To read the full review please click here:
Please enjoy the review and the cocktail provided at the end.
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 2, 2010
Bermudez 1852 5 Anos de Anejamiento
Photo Courtesy of Westway
Earlier this week I received a welcome call from Westway L. LTD., who are the importers of the Bermudez rums in my home province of Alberta. They had suggested to me about six months ago that they would be bringing the Bermudez rums into Western Canada, and as a way of introducing the rums into this area would like for me to review a few samples of the range. The rum has arrived and will be released in Alberta with a few weeks.
The Ron Bermúdez Company, (as I guessed from the label on the bottle) has a long history that stretches back to 1852. This is almost as old as the Dominican Republic itself, and I think it is easy to suggest that the Ron Bermudez Company is an important part of the history of the Dominican Republic. Don Erasmo Bermudez apparently created the company’s first rum, sold as Bitter Panacea which quickly became extremely popular and provided the foundation for the company’s success.
The Company is currently in its fourth generation of management, still represented by the Bermudez family. Don Carlos Alberto Bermúdez Pippa, is currently the management leader for the company. At the time of this writing I have been unable to access the Ron Bermudez website but I leave the link here in case access is available at a future time.
Here is an excerpt from my review:
“…The rum flavours are there in spades, make no mistake; rich caramel and butterscotch flavours lead out with soft ripe fruit following quickly. A touch of citrus zest finds its way into the oak spices and the result is quite delicious. …”
You may read the rest of the full review here:
As always a few recipes follow the review!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 5, 2010
The Barcelo Brand and Company was founded in 1929. The company survived the destruction of its first distillery by the San Zenon Hurricane in 1930, and has grown to be one of the Dominican Republic’s major rum producing enterprises. Now Barcelo is an international brand which claims sales in over 20 countries on 3 continents. The Ron Barcelo portfolio includes five basic brands which climb the ladder from the basic white rum “Ron Barcelo Blanco” to the premium rum “Ron Barcelo Imperial”. Here is a link to the Ron Barcelo web page: Ron Barcelo Web Page .
In preparing this review I went back to my good friend forrest, who is a cocktail maniac. I wanted to make sure the cocktail I had created would ‘pass the mustard’ so to speak. His answer to my cocktail was simple, “Make me one…better make that two!”
So complete with my “forrest approved” cocktail. Here is my review:
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 14, 2009
On October 21, 2009 I first began to taste the Ron Matusalem Platino Rum I found the rum to be shy and subdued with a mild pleasant, but extremely laid back flavour. I have visited this bottle several times since then and have now completed my full review.
The Ron Matusalem company has a fascinating history dating back to 1872, when the brand was established by Benjamin and Eduardo Camp and Evaristo Alvarez. A marriage between Evaristo Álvarez daughter, and the son of Eduardo Camp, at the turn of the next century begat a family tradition of the original founders that has through five generations controlled the company. The family fled Cuba in the 1960s and reestablish the company on U.S. soil in the state of Florida. The reestablished company produces their Cuban style rum which is now blended in the Dominican Republic.
You can check out the Ron Matusalem history here.
You can check out my full review of Ron Matusalem Platino here:
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