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Review: Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum (Guyana)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 14, 2020

 

Pusser’s Rum is advertised as the original rum of the British Royal Navy. And it is a fact that for over 300 years it was a tradition of the British Navy that each member of the crew was issued a daily ‘tot’ of rum. This tradition began in 1655, and by 1731, the tradition of the daily ‘tot’ was in general use throughout the British Navy. As it was the ship’s purser who was responsible for issuing the rum, the tot of rum became known as Pusser’s Rum in a sort of slang derivation of the term ‘Purser’s Rum’. Although the naval tradition of the daily tot had ended, in 1979  Charles Tobias obtained the rights for the British Naval Rum, and formed Pusser’s Ltd. on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.

When I recently received rum samples from 1423 World Class Spirits, I noticed that the label on the Pusser’s Gunpowder Rum stated the rum is bottled by Pusser’s Rum LTD. (British Virgin Islands), and that it is a product of Guyana. This is a departure from my previously reviewed Pusser’s Gunpowder Rum which was sent to me two years ago (which was a Product of Barbados). It is also a departure from the product as advertised on the Pusser’s Website which is stated to be a product of of the  Guyana, Trinidad and Barbados.

I suspect that Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum changes its lineage based upon which blending rums are more economical, or perhaps different markets receive different blends, based upon the export market’s presumed preferences.

Here is a link to the review for the Guyanese version of the ovenproof Gunpowder Rum:

Review: Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum (Guyana)

“… I notice aromas of dark brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, herbal pot still esters, and very light oak spice. As the glass sits, baking spices begin to evolve, I receive impressions of cinnamon buns, hints of licorice and tar and a hit of molasses …”

Please enjoy this expanded version of my review which now includes a cocktail suggestion, the Zombie.

Chimo!

 

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Appleton 12 Vs Flor De Cana 12 vs El Dorado 12

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 1, 2020

Last night I hosted a New Years Eve Celebration for my friends and family. Nothing too outrageous, just a nice get together with about 20 attendees, some new friends, and some old friends. Most of the night was just sitting around the table swapping stories and reminiscing and the only scheduled activities were the two separate tastings I hosted in my brand new Tasting room that I had built last year in my basement.

Participating in the tastings was completely optional, some of my guest were acting as designated drivers, and some just wanted to hang out and relax enjoying each others company rather than sitting down for a formal tasting. This meant that when we sat down for the Rum Tasting at 9:00, there were 9 of my friends who wanted to participate. (This actually worked out pretty well as I only had room around my tasting table for 10 people.)

New Year’s Eve Rum Tasting in the Rum Howler Tasting Room

I chose three of my favourite rums for the event, Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old, Flor de Caña 12 Centenario, and El Dorado 12 Year Old. All three rums are pretty much the same age, and all three are in the same price range in my market (about 45 dollars per bottle). However, they are three very different rums.

Appleton Estate 12 Year Old is crafted in small batches. The rum produced from two different styles of rum, flavourful Jamaican Pot Still Rum, and a light column distilled rum. The rum is dry and full of flavour. This is also a true 12 Year Old spirit as the Appleton Estate website informs us that it all of the rums which make up this blend are each aged at least 12 years.

Sunset in the Nassau Valley home of Appleton Estate Rum

Flor de Caña 12 Centenario is a column distilled rum. This means it has a lighter body and flavour than a rum featuring pot distilled spirit in its blend. The number 12 on the label is 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. It is also somewhat sweeter than the Appleton Rum. It is not a sweet rum mind you, but there is some sweetness apparent in the flavour profile.

Flor de Caña 12 is part of the company’s Ultra Premium aged rum collection

El Dorado 12 Year Old Special Reserve Rum is similar to the Appleton rum in that it has both Pot distilled rum and column distilled rum in its blend.Aged stocks (the youngest being no less than 12 years old) from the original Wooden Enmore Coffey still, the original metal Diamond Coffey still, as well as from the ancient Port Mourant double wooden pot still which was used to produce ‘navy’ rum for the English Admiralty are each used in the blending recipe.  However, the El Dorado Rum is quite a bit sweeter than either the Flor de Cana or the Appleton Rum.

That’s me in Guyana where I visited the El Dorado Rum facilities and learned about their wonderful rums.

Thus the line-up I chose gave each of my guests a different flavour profile and a different level of sweetness with each selection. My goal was to show everyone that rum in not a uniform spirit, and by tasting all three, and comparing the profiles each of them might find a style that suits them.

The results were (as I expected) quite varied, 5 of my guests selected the Flor de Caña 12 Centenario as their favourite, 3 chose the El Dorado 12 Year Old Special Reserve and 2 chose the Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old.

Interestingly enough, the 2 who chose the Appleton Rum were the 2 seasoned rum enthusiasts, or perhaps I should say, the two in the room who had the most experience with rum. Of the 3 who chose the El Dorado Rum, 2 of them were completely new to the spirit. The 5 who chose the Flor de Cana Rum represented a blend of both rum enthusiasts and persons who were not unfamiliar with the spirit but who might normally choose whisky instead.

With only 10 persons in the room it is hard to draw conclusions, but the trend I saw was that persons new to rum preferred the sweeter South American style, persons who might be whisky enthusiasts or part time rum enthusiasts preferred the lighter Central American style, and self avowed rum enthusiasts seemed to prefer the full flavoured dry Jamaican style.

These results are interesting although with such a small sample size they are hardly conclusive. Still I thought that sharing them was worthwhile.

 

 

 

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24 Days of Rum (#23) – Cihuatan Reserva Especial 12 (El Salvador)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 23, 2019

With one day left to go, in my 2019 Christmas Rum Advent I have arrived in the Central America, specifically the Republic of El Salvador (Republic of the Savior), which is the smallest continental country in the Americas, and the most heavily populated by population density. The rum we are examining today is Cihuatan Reserva Especial 12 which is produced by El Salvador’s first ever rum distillery, Licorera Cihuatán.

According to the producer’s website all of the distilleries rums are handcrafted in El Salvador, and with respect to their Cihuatán Reserva Especial 12 the website additionally tells us:

We have taken our aging methods further to bring you a complex rum, awarded all over the world. Cihuatán 12 Years is proudly handcrafted in the Cihuatán Valley, from the seed of the sugarcane to the bottle.

Here is a link to my tasting notes and scores for the No. 23 spirit in the 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box:

Review: Cihuatan Reserva Especial 12

“… Melding of fine oak spice, vanilla, butterscotch and almond with light baking spices and orange peel. Banana and light coconut flavours as well …”

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 (#21) – Ron Roble Extra Anejo (Venezuela)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 21, 2019

With three days left in my rum advent I am travelling to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, a country on the northern coast of South America which has seen more than its fair share of political turmoil over the past few years. Despite these troubles Venezuela has maintained its high standards in the production of rum as my recent tasting of the magnificent Ron Roble Extra Anejo will attest.

Ron Roble Viejo Rums are produced in Venezuela through the artistry of Ron Noble’s Master Rum Blender, Giorgio Melis, a Chemical Engineer with more than 50 years experience in the spirits industry. According to the company website, their best reserves from 8 to 12 Years are blended to create the Ron Roble Extra Anejo Rum.

Here is a link to my tasting notes and scores for the No. 23 spirit in the 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box:

Review: Ron Roble Extra Anejo

“… Oak spices deepen and thicken, toffee and dark brown sugar come into focus mixing with baking spices, there are hints of marzipan and apricot jam. The breezes are very enticing …”

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 (#20) – Ron Cristóbal Niña (Dominican Republic)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 20, 2019

On the 20th day of my 24 Days of Rum Journey, I find myself back in the Caribbean on the very Island that Christopher Columbus first landed when he crossed the Atlantic in 1492. And the rum I have sampled links itself to that journey both in name and place.

Ron Cristóbal Niña, in produced in the Dominican Republic for 1423 World Class Spirits. Ron Cristóbal is of course the Spanish version of the name Cristopher Columbus, and the Niña was one of the three ships he sailed on his first trip to what would become the Americas.

Ron Cristobal Nina is considered by the brand owner to be a super premium rum. It is made from 100% pure Dominican rum which was tropically aged in the Dominican and blended using only aged-stated rums of 8 years and 12 years.

Here is a link to my tasting notes and scores for the No. 20 spirit in the 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box:

Review: Ron Cristóbal Niña

“… All of the flavours mingle very nicely together. I taste rich oak spice, toffee, marmalade, marzipan, apricots, as well as firm baking spices (vanilla, cinnamon and clove) …”

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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