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Posts Tagged ‘Rum Review’

Review: Ron Zacapa Endicion Negra

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 15, 2022

Ron Zacapa rums are made from sugar cane harvested in southern Guatemala, which is pressed into virgin sugar cane honey. The fermentation process (which takes approximately 5 days) uses a yeast strain (saccharomyces cerevisae) isolated from pineapples to transform sugars within the cane honey into alcohol. After fermentation, the fermented ‘wine’ is distilled in a single continuous column. (A distillation by-product called vinasse which contains the fermented must, yeast and other non-fermentable products which are rich in sugars and minerals is recycled and used to nourish and irrigate the Guatemalan sugar cane fields.)

Zacapa rums are matured using a complicated process they call ‘Sistema Solero’. The subject of my review, Ron Zacapa Edición Negra, is produced from rums which range in age from 6 years to 24 years, and is inspired by the natural elements of Guatemala including the dark fire of its volcanoes. Edición Negra is aged in select barrels which include double charred American oak casks.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Ron Zacapa Endicion Negra

“… The nose is rich and inviting featuring mildly sweet vanilla and caramel steeped in oak spice. Notes of raisins, prunes, dates and figs add to the richness. The oak spice evolves into luscious baking spices which include cinnamon, clove and allspice which grow in intensity as I allow the glass to breathe …”

Please enjoy my review of this outstanding new rum from Ron Zacapa.

Chimo!

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Review: Arehucas 12 Anos Anejo Reserva

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 22, 2021

Destilerías Arehucas traces its origin to August 9, 1884 when La Fábrica the San Pedro sugar factory officially opened in Arucas, on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria. Although the facility was a sugar factory, sugar cane distillates and rum was also produced. In 1965, La Fábrica changed its name to Destilerías Arehucas Distilleries. . Today the facility produces a full range of cane spirits including traditional white and amber rums, aged rums and flavoured Honey Rums.They also produce a selection of fruit liqueurs and Creme spirits.

One of the premium spirits produced at the facility is Arehucas Anejo 12 Anos. According to most retail websites which carry the spirit, the rum has been distilled in two columns from sugar cane juice and aged for 12 years in oak.

Here is a link to my Review:

Review: Arehucas 12 Anos Anejo Reserva

“… Oak spice and vanilla with lightly pungent baking spice (allspice, nutmeg and hints of cinnamon) and leather. Caramel and marzipan climb into the breezes and well as notes of banana and bits of bittersweet chocolate …”

Please enjoy my review.

Chimo!

 

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Review: Cockspur Fine Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 28, 2019

A Simple Punch

I had the good fortune to once again sample Cockspur Fine Rum when a friend of mine brought me a bottle after a recent trip through the United States. I thought this was a nice opportunity to revise my older review review first published in 2011. I discovered that not much had changed in 8 years, although my score did bump up lust a little.

Cockspur Fine Rum is the flagship brand for the company.  It is distilled from Island cane molasses, aged in American Oak at the Cockspur facilities in Barbados, and brought to bottling strength with Barbados’ own coral filtered water. Both column still and pot still rums are used to in the distillation of the rum which bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my revised review:

Review: Cockspur Fine Rum

“… I began by sipping the Cockspur Rum in my glass, neat, without ice. The mouth-feel was slightly oily, and the initial flavour was very complex bringing a bevy of pungent flavours forward. I tasted charred caramel (treacle) and dark molasses as well as dry fruit flavours of prunes and dates …”

Please enjoy my review of the Cockspur Rum which I enjoyed just a little more this time around.

Chimo!

 

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Review: Flor de Caña Centenario 18

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 9, 2018

I am continuing my weekly step through the Flor de Caña line-up. Last week I reviewed Flor de Caña 12 Centenario which is part of their Ultra Premium Collection. This week I continue to move through the Ultra Premium family as I revisit Flor de Caña 18 Centenario.

Flor de Caña 18 is a well aged rum with the number 18 on the label representative of the average age of the rums in the blend with some variation in the actual age based upon blending to a consistent flavour profile. According to the folks at Flor de Caña this aged spirit is a sipping spirit however as you will see in my review, I find it is also excellent for high-end cocktails!

Here is a link to my Review:

Review: Flor de Caña Centenario 18

“… This is a clean dry rum displaying a strong fine oak spice personality. This spicy personality is tempered slightly with mild indications of butterscotch accenting the oak spice. There is a lightly bitter flavour of poplar sap and tobacco keeping the mouth dry and heated. As I let the rum breathe the butterscotch sweetness grows slightly in intensity providing a nice foil for the dry spicy bitterness …”

Please enjoy my review!

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Review: Appleton Estate Signature Blend VX Jamaican Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 12, 2017

The Appleton Estate is located in Nassau Valley in St. Elizabeth which is part of Jamaica’s Cockpit Country. The Cockpit Country is a karst formation which was formed over millions of years as the underlying limestone was eroded by the chemical action of rain.  Within a cockpit karst formation are valleys known as Poljes. They are formed where a river floods, then recedes and forms a flat valley over millions of years. In 1749, within the polje known as the Nassau Valley, the Appleton Estate Sugar Factory was founded. The Nassau Valley has a special mild micro-climate which is ideally suited to the growth of sugarcane. As well, a water source wells from the limestone formation and provides an exceptionally soft pure water which used for the production of Appleton Estate Rums.

This Appleton Estate Rum is crafted from pot stills in small batches. After blending and aging the rums are ready for bottling. The flagship of the brand, Appleton Estate VX Rum was recently re-branded as Appleton Estate Signature Blend VX rum. This is still a non-age stated rum however, the The Appleton Estate website tells us that the Signature Blend VX Rum is currently a blend of 15 aged rums with an average of 4 years.

Here is a link to my full review of the newly re-branded flagship Appleton Rum:

Review: Appleton Estate Signature Blend VX Jamaican  Rum

“… Orange peel and oak spice dominate the palate giving the rum a lively mouth feel and the tonsils a little whack on the way down. Spicy wood sap is softened just a little by some vanilla and brown sugar allowing us to notice a ripple of apricot brandy, and a light winding almond flavour …”

Please enjoy my latest review which includes my latest cocktail creation, the Time Traveller.

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