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Posts Tagged ‘Rum’

Review: Cruzan Single Barrel Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 13, 2018

All of the Cruzan Rums are produced using a modern five column distillation method which produces a light bodied rum, the quality of which can be tightly controlled by the five column distillation. The rum is then aged in once used American oak bourbon barrels.

Cruzan Single Barrel Rum is produced from a blend of vintage rums which have been aged up to 12 years. Once blended the vintage rums are then finished in a new oak barrel for about one year. Barrels are bottled individually with each bottle of rum coming from a single barrel. Because each new barrel will have different characteristics, each bottling will be a little different from the last; but, the general character of each bottling should be similar due to the overall blending process.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Cruzan Single Barrel Rum

“… A nice spicy tingle greeted my tongue as the rum entered my mouth. Oak disguised as citrus peel and the taste of butterscotch led the way with a gush of dried fruit mixed in. I also taste deeper notes of charred sugars which give an impression of treacle, and a slightly smoky sensation which one encounters when tasting a spirit with a sherry influence. Perhaps some Spanish oak was used in the aging barrels of a portion of the blend …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my recipe suggestion, El Padrino.



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Review: Flor de Caña 4 (Añejo 0ro)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 6, 2018

Flor de Caña has a history of rum production which is dated to 1890 at the San Antonio Sugar Mill, in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua. The company was founded by Francisco Alfredo Pellas and today, over 120 years later, the company is led headed by the fifth generation of the Pellas family. It has grown to be not only one of Central America’s leading brands of rum, it is also one of the most recognized rum brands in the world. According to the company website, all of the Flor de Caña rum is produced from molasses which is made from sugar cane harvested in fields adjacent to the distillery in Chichigalpa. This molasses is fermented and then distilled five times in a continuous column still. The resulting distillate is laid down to age in small American white oak barrels in traditional aging warehouses built without air conditioning in an undisturbed environment.

Flor de Caña 4 (Anejo Oro) is an aged rum with the number 4 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 excellent with soda and mineral water, and is a perfect match for punches and light cocktails.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Flor de Caña 4 (Añejo 0ro)

“… The Flor de Caña 4 is a light bodied column distilled rum which has a dry quality when it is sipped. There is a little bite of alcohol and some grassiness at the front of the delivery, followed by a light butterscotch sweetness, vanilla and almond. Fine wood spices and orange peel keep the mouth lightly heated …”

Please enjoy the review which concludes with two serving suggestions, the Cuba Libre’ and the Railcar.



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Review: El Dorado 5 Year Cask Aged Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 29, 2018

The Diamond Distillery sits on the East Bank of the Demerara River near Georgetown, Guyana. The Distillery, originally attached to the now closed Diamond Sugar Estate, is home to Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL).

According to the El Dorado Website, the El Dorado 5 Year Cask Aged Rum obtains unique character comes from the blending of traditional aged rums from the Uitvlugt Savalle Still and one of the most famous Coffey stills in the entire world, The EHP Wooden Still or Wooden Continuous Coffey. In my past writings I have stated that I consider the EHP Wooden Coffey Still to be one of the Great Wonders of the Rum World. It was constructed in 1880 at the Enmore Estate (over 130 years ago), and it continues to operate at the Diamond Distillery today.The use of these ancient stills ensures that the Demerara Rum produced at DDL’s Diamond Distillery is unlike anything produced anywhere else in the world. (For more information on the unique Heritage Stills in operation at the Diamond distillery you may read my first hand account here (Diamond Distillery Tour).

Here is a link to my recently revised review:

Review: El Dorado 5 Year Cask Aged Rum

“… As soon as the bottle was opened, I noticed a firm aroma of coarse toasted brown sugar with hints of baking spices (vanilla and cinnamon) in the merry little breezes above the bottle. As the bottle was poured the glass, the slightly bitter smell of oak tannins and wood sap joined in. As I allowed the glass to breathe the oaken smells seemed to meld with the brown sugar and baking spices. There were indications of toasted coconut, almond, as well as some orange peel and banana: however these indications appear as mere accents upon the dominant characteristics of oak, rummy dark brown sugar and baking spice …”

Please enjoy the revised review which contains fuller descriptions of the spirit, its heritage, and no less than three suggested servings.



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Cocktail Hour: Georgetown Daiquiri

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 25, 2018

The Diamond Distillery sits at East Bank next to the Demerara River near Georgetown, Guyana. The Distillery is home to Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), the producers of El Dorado Rum.

Recently I embarked on a cocktail series where I am attempting to produce a signature cocktail for many of the El Dorado Premium Rums which I have enjoyed over the past 10 years. A few weeks ago I published my signature cocktail for the El Dorado 3 Year Old Cask Aged Rum (The Caribbean Queen), and today I am sharing my signature cocktail for the El Dorado 8 Year old Cask Aged Rum. This cocktail combines the complimentary flavours of orange and chocolate with the premium El Dorado Rum. It is named for the City of Georgetown, which lies just to the south of Diamond Distillery.

Georgetown Daiquiri
(Recipe by Arctic Wolf)

2 oz  El Dorado 8 Year Old Rum
1/2 oz  Fresh Orange Juice
1/2 oz  Fresh Lime Juice
3/8 oz  Sugar Syrup (1:1 Ratio)
dash Aztec Chocolate Bitters (Fees Brothers)
Orange Peel

Add the first 4 ingredients into a metal shaker with ice
Shake vigorously until the outside of your shaker frosts.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a strip of Orange Peel zest

Please Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If  you are interested in more cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!


Note: Here is a link to my recently revisited review of the El Dorado 8 Year Old Rum:

Review: El Dorado 8 Year Old Cask Aged Rum

“… The rum exits with a glow of cinnamon and wood spices and flavours of delicious butterscotch. The butterscotch fades to bitter treacle, and the spicy glow remains well after the rum is swallowed. Near the very end of the taste experience, the rum begins to ooze bittersweet chocolate …”

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Review: Berry’s Finest Panama Rum (Aged 11 Years)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 11, 2018

Berry Bros. & Rudd is one of London’s oldest Wine and Spirits Merchant with over 300 years of experience and tradition from which to draw upon. The company began its operation at 3 – St. James’s Street (in London, UK) in 1698, and still operates from that same location today. Although they are primarily merchants of wine, the company has a strong presence in the sale of distilled spirits as well. And in fact, this presence within the spirits industry had its beginnings approximately 100 years ago. (The Cutty Sark brand was developed by Berry Bros & Rudd in 1923.)

Today Berry Bros & Rudd acts as an independent bottler of Whisky, Cognac, Armagnac, and of course Rum. A few of their rum offerings are available in my locale, and I was able to obtain a sample of the 11 Year Old – Berrys’ Finest Panama Rum.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Berry’s Finest Panama Rum (Aged 11 Years)

“… The first sip brings rich flavours of vanilla and butterscotch forward which are accompanied by marzipan and fine wood spices. Ginger pops into the mind immediately as does cinnamon and orange peel. There is a light bitterness underneath which seems to be part of the light flavour of oak sap which runs through the rum. A distinct fruitiness is evident and my mind conjures up images of canned apricots and orange marmalade …”

Please enjoy my review which includes a nice recipe suggestion, the Aztec Rum Old Fashioned.


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