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Review: Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez (10 Years Old)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 27, 2019

In 1862, Facundo Bacardi and his brother José bought the Santiago de Cuba Distillery and began to distill what would become the most popular commercial rum in the world. Using a method of charcoal filtering, and oak barrel aging  along with a still of copper and cast iron, Facundo Bacardi created a smoother more refined version of the locally made rum. His smoother version of the spirit became local favourite, and over time, an international sensation. Of course, Bacardi Rum is not made in Cuba anymore, the Ron Bacardi Company left Cuba in the wake of Fidel Castro’s plans to nationalize all private property and privately held bank accounts on the Island. The Bacardi family moved important trademarks out of Cuba, and using a Bacardi owned plant built in Puerto Rico, were able to continue to build their company. Bacardi is now the largest family owned spirits company in the world.

The Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez (10 Years Old) is produced using column still distillation and  barrel aging. This rum has been aged for a minimum of 10 years in the Caribbean.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez (10 Years Old)

“… The aroma is somewhat spicy as a firm dusty oak presence dominates the breezes above the glass. Vanilla and treacle unravel themselves from the dry spice followed by impressions of tobacco, marzipan and more dusty oak spice. There is also a lovely touch of baking spice (cinnamon and indications of nutmeg and allspice) and an underlying sense of bitter walnut. …”

Please enjoy the review which includes my cocktail suggestion, the Rum Old Fashioned.

Chimo!

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Review: Tanduay Superior Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 11, 2019

In 2013, Tanduay Holdings began its entry into North America by placing two new rums into the US market. At the time, Tanduay was one of the very largest Rum producers in the world. (The reason they were relatively unknown in North America is because their Asian rum is produced in the Philippines and was sold almost exclusively into Asia.) The launch featured their premium Silver, and Gold rums which I reviewed in 2013 and reassessed again earlier this year (here and here).

Tanduay Superior Rum is a more premium spirit which has been sold in my home Province of Alberta for some time now. It is produced from a blend of rums apparently aged for 12 years or more. According to the promotional materials I have been sent, the Superior Rum is meant to be meant enjoyed neat or over ice.

Here is a link to my recent re-evaluation of this premium spirit:

Review: Tanduay Superior Rum

” … The Tanduay Superior is a little dryer in the mouth than I was expecting with the light caramel sweetness I noticed on the nose taking a back seat to pungent oak spices and the lightly bitter flavours of toasted walnut and coconut. There is a gentle sweep of vanilla which runs through the rum as well …”

Please enjoy my re-evaluation of Tanduay Superior Rum. I have a ful schedule of reviews coming over the next few weeks as I catch up from my summer hiatus.

Chimo!

 

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Review: Cockspur VSOR 12

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 29, 2019

Cockspur VSOR is the most premium rum brand produced by Cockspur. According to the company website:

We find it hard to do anything halfway. So when we make our Very Special Old Reserve blend, we really go all out. We wanted it to be rich, have a great body, a nice smell, an exceptional taste and leave a nice feeling in your mouth. It was not easy, but we managed to get it done. This well-aged, premium rum has it all – a beautiful mahogany colour, a lovely toffee, vanilla and oak aroma, a taste suggestive of bourbon and vanilla and a warm oak aftertaste. Yes, it is hard work and takes time… but it is worth it

The rum is produced from molasses and aged in American Oak at the Cockspur facilities in Barbados. According to information presented to me several years ago, both column still and pot still rums are used in the premium rum’s production.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Cockspur VSOR 12

“… The rum looks dark and rich with the enticing scents a of treacle, molasses, baking spices (vanilla, cinnamon and cloves), and roasted walnuts. There are hints of bourbon and corn as well which are probably due to the American Oak aging barrels used to mature the rum …”

Please enjoy my review, and if you happen to have a bottle of the Cockspur VSOR, treat yourself to a Rum Old Fashioned as I did at the conclusion of 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: Appleton White Jamaican Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 16, 2019

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. Karst is a generic name given to limestone that has been eroded by the chemical action of rain. There are three cockpit karst formations in the world: Montenegro (formerly Yugoslavia), China and Jamaica.

Poljes are valleys formed within a cockpit karst and the Nassau Valley is a polje. Poljes are formed in formations where a river floods, recedes and then forms a flat valley after millions of years. The soil in the poljes is very fertile and rich in nutrients because of the sediments left behind after the river had receded. The Appleton Estate is the only sugar estate in the world that is located within such a fertile cockpit karst formation. All of the rum produced by Appleton Estate is made from sugar cane grown within the Nassau Valley, and thus Appleton Estate Rum is an expression of this unique terroir.

Here is a link to my full review for Appleton White Jamaican Rum:

Review: Appleton White Jamaican Rum

“… The initial nose is quite nice with light citrus zest and orange peel combining with background impressions of mushy banana. There is also a bit of Jamaican funk in the breezes carrying a mild but firm impression of Jamaican pot distilled character into the air with herbal undertones and a hint of mustiness …”

Please enjoy my review which includes my cocktail suggestion, The Secretary General.

Chimo!

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