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24 Days of Rum (#6) – Pixan 8 Anos Rum (Mexico)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 6, 2019

Day 6 of my 24 Days of Rum advent takes me to Destileria Espiritus del Norte a relatively new distillery located in Monterrey in northeastern Mexico where they produce Pixan Rum. Apparently Pixan comes to us linguistically from the Mayan language and it is a word which roughly means ‘Spirit which gives life‘.

Pixan 8 Anos is their most premium rum. Several retail sites I visited indicated that the rum is produced from molasses upon a double column still and then aged for up to 8 years in American oak barrels which previously contained bourbon.

Here is a link to my tasting notes and scores for the sixth spirit in the 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box:

Review: Pixan 8 Anos Rum

“… Oak spice continues to pour out, heightened butterscotch sweetness with vanilla and hints of sweet and sour fruit, bits of menthol and herbal grass …”

Note: 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box produced by 1423 World Class Spirits contains 24 handpicked rums from 24 different countries all over the world. It features an extraordinary opportunity to sample a wide variety of premium rums allowing you to hone in on the particular style which suits your palate. As indicated in my previously published review (here) This Rum Advent Calendar is a highly recommended gift for the rum enthusiast.

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24 Days of Rum (#5) – Santos Dumont XO (Brazil)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 5, 2019

Day 5 of my Rum Advent reveals Santos Dumont XO Rum from Brazil. The rum actually has a Danish producer, A.H.Riise Spirits which (in a roundabout way explained in the review) is named for Albert Heinrich Riise who established rum production of rum on Saint Thomas in the Danish West Indies (now the United States Virgin Islands) in 1838.

Santos Dumont XO Rum is made from freshly pressed virgin sugarcane honey, distilled in old potstills and matured in three different types of oak, ex bourbon, ex Port and ex Pedro Ximenez casks. The spirit carries no age statement, however, if the XO designation has been used in the same manner as for Cognac (we are by no means certain of this), then we can expect that the rum has been aged for about 6 years.

Here is a link to my tasting notes and scores for the #5 spirit in the 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box:

Review: Santos Dumont XO Rum

“… Oak spice pushes through the initial sweetness, we still have a lot of sweetness with candied oranges, canned apricots, and some coconut as well as some mushy banana …”

Chimo!

Note: 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box produced by 1423 World Class Spirits contains 24 handpicked rums from 24 different countries all over the world. It features an extraordinary opportunity to sample a wide variety of premium rums allowing you to hone in on the particular style which suits your palate. As indicated in my previously published review (here) This Rum Advent Calendar is a highly recommended gift for the rum enthusiast.

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24 Days of Rum (#4) – Chamarel VSOP Rum (2006) (Mauritius)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 4, 2019

On Day 4 of the Rum Advent, we are going to travel across the Atlantic, across the continent of Africa and into the Indian Ocean just past Madagascar to the Island Nation of Mauritius. We are also going to taste a new style of rum.

Chamael VSOP is produced from rums distilled on both the plate column (90 %) and the copper still (10 %).  Each style of rum is aged separately for 4 to 6 years in Ex-American Oak Barrels & Ex-French Oak Barrels in the La Rhumerie de Chamarel aging cellars.

Here is a link to my tasting notes and scores for the #4 spirit in the 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box advent:

Review: Chamarel VSOP Rum (2006)

“… The herbal nature of the spirit begins to assert itself more fully, oak and butterscotch, dried raisin, almond, orange peel, camphor, hints of cinnamon and mint …”

Please enjoy my review of the Chamarel V.S.O.P. Rum, a very nice spirit distilled and aged in the French Style.

Note: 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box produced by 1423 World Class Spirits contains 24 handpicked rums from 24 different countries all over the world. It features an extraordinary opportunity to sample a wide variety of premium rums allowing you to hone in on the particular style which suits your palate. As indicated in my previously published review (here) This Rum Advent Calendar is a highly recommended gift for the rum enthusiast.

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24 Days of Rum (#1) – Mount Gay 1703 Reserve Cask XO (Barbados)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 1, 2019

My 24 Days of Rum begins with quite a bang with the highly regarded Mount Gay 1703 XO Reserve Cask Rum from Barbados.

Mount Gay 1703 XO is produced in a using a combination of both column and traditional copper pot stills. The rum is matured in American oak barrels which were previously used to age whiskey or Kentucky bourbon. This is a blended spirit consisting of a wide range of rums of various ages some reputed to be as old as 15 years.

Here is a link to my tasting notes and scores for the First spirit in the 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box:

Review: Mount Gay 1703 XO Reserve Cask Rum

” … Oak spice, treacle and molasses as well as firm baking spices (vanilla, cinnamon and clove). Roasted marshmallow, coffee and cocoa. Fruity with canned apricots and orange marmalade. Herbal notes from the pot still  are obvious as well …”

It is safe to say that we are off to a great start with the 24 Days of Rum Advent Calendar. Let’s hope tomorrow treats us as well.

Note: 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box produced by 1423 World Class Spirits contains 24 handpicked rums from 24 different countries all over the world. It features an extraordinary opportunity to sample a wide variety of premium rums allowing you to hone in on the particular style which suits your palate. As indicated in my previously published review (here) This Rum Advent Calendar is a highly recommended gift for the rum enthusiast.

 

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Review: 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box

Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 27, 2019

During the last several years, Christmas Advent Calendars have become all the rage. In fact for each of the last four years, my wife Maureen has gone all in and provided an individual advent calendar for everyone in the family. I am not sure where she finds the time to shop for everything, but on the morning of the first day of December, she unveils a mid-sized gift bag for each of my children (as well as one for yours truly) full of individually gift wrapped presents with a theme chosen for each of us. Of course, it has become my responsibility to reciprocate and in my house at least, Christmas has been extended to a month-long celebration.

This year, I am going to be blessed with two Advent Calendars. One of course will be given to me by Maureen despite my protestations that perhaps I do not need the double blessing, and the other was provided by 1423 World Class Spirits who recently sent me 2 versions of their 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box. Actually with two versions of the 24 Days of Rum, I guess technically I will have three Advent Calendars in all. I really will have to convince Maureen that I do not need to spoiled any further (fat chance).

It was Glenn Rosenkjær who contacted me on behalf of 1423 World Class Spirits several weeks ago. His request was pretty simple, could he send me a free sample of his Original Rum Tasting Box for the purpose of a review on my website. There were a few logistical hurdles since 1423 World Class is located in Denmark, and it is notoriously hard for companies from abroad to send samples into Canada. Making a long story short, we overcame the hurdles and since 1423 makes a slightly different Rum Tasting Box for the USA (50 ml sample bottles) than it does for Europe (20ml sample bottles) Glenn decided to send me one of each version.

Included in the information Glenn sent to me was a press release which explained the 24 Days of Rum concept. According to that presser:

1423 World Class Spirits, one of Denmark’s leading rum companies, has announced its 2019 tasting box, 24 Days of Rum. Designed to share, it comes with two stylish tasting glasses two tasting notes booklets, and its own dedicated website (www.24daysofrum.com) where you can learn more about each chosen rum throughout the month of December. The Tasting Box is available in 20 Countries throughout Europe, Canada and now for the first time ever in the United States where it can be purchased in LA and Nevada.

24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box is of course a Christmas Advent Calendar which features 24 different premium rums from 24 different countries throughout the world. Simply put, it is the perfect advent gift for a rum geek like myself.

I don’t want to give too much away, or spoil any of the surprises, but when I began to examine my first gift box (for the purpose of this review you understand) I was blown away. You see, I have sampled a lot of rums during the past 10 years. I think a conservative guess would be that I have tasted well over 400 different rums from many parts of the world. So I was expecting to see many familiar faces. That’s not the case here at all. Of the 24 rums in the gift box, there were only 8 which were from rum producers I was familiar with, and of those there were only 4 that I had tasted before. Wow! 20 rums I have never before sampled, and 16 from spirits companies unfamiliar to me.

There is a 7 Year Old Rum from Ecuador, a 12 Year Old Rum from Suriname, a well aged Dark Rum from the Philippines, and even a sample of Premium Rum from Nepal. I did not even know they made rum in Nepal!

According to Glenn Rosenkjær, the rums were chosen not only to represent spirits from all over the world, they were also specifically chosen to represent a variety of premium, aged, high quality rum. As such, there are no white rums or spiced rums included this year. Selections were made to ensure that some of the industries top brands such as Mount Gay, Chairman’s Reserve, Clément, Pusser’s and Abuelo were represented. As well, attention was paid to balance the selections such that 50% of the Rum Advent would represent dry rums and 50 % could be considered sweet. Most importantly, this year’s 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box contains no spirits previously chosen in earlier selections. If you received the Rum Box last year, this year’s Rum Box will be entirely new.

I don’t really have a scoring system for this type of product; but I think you can tell from my enthusiasm, that on a 5 star rating system 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box earns all five stars.

Frankly, I cannot wait to begin tasting each rum; and in fact, I am going to invite all of you to join along with me this December as I try to provide brief tasting notes and review scores for as many of these selections as I can throughout the month of December. These tasting notes will be available for each rum on a daily basis on my blog from December 1st to the 24th.  I might not get to every spirit, but I am going to try. Hopefully I find a few gems during my investigations.

Note: The differences between the North American and European versions of 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box seem to be a result of differing bottling and labeling requirements in the two jurisdictions. As a result, the American version contains larger sample bottles (50ml) than the European version (20ml). The North American box also reveals the contents of the Advent Calendar while the European Version does not. Neither box reveals the order of the samples. Of course this means the American Version is more expensive. It is in my opinion, it is well worth the extra expense.

 

 

 

 

 

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