Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 3, 2016
I continue my spiced rum taste-off with the 19th best spiced rum on my rum shelf. Voodoo Spiced Rum is produced by Three-D Spirits, Inc. ( www.redrum.com). The company was founded in 1996 with the stated goal to create exceptional handmade rums. Their spiced rum is apparently (according to the website) produced from a blend of aged Virgin Islands Rum. The blended rum is infused with cloves and cinnamon as well as Madagascar vanilla, and bottled at 35 % alcohol by volume.
No information is given regarding the age of the rums in the blend; however, based upon my tasting notes, I would suggest that the spirit was aged for only a limited time period as there is very little evidence of oak or wood spice in the taste profile. This is typical of the spiced rum category.
Here is my review:
“… When I nose the glass vanilla wafts upward, and it is obviously the dominant spice. I also sense a mild but firm butterscotch sweetness and a light peppery spiciness in the breezes above the glass. Taking a little time and listening to what the merry little breezes above the glass tell me, impressions of cloves become more obvious along with hints of cinnamon …”
I hope you all find this countdown enjoyable and you can follow the rankings here:
The Rum Howler 2016 Spiced Rum Countdown
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 21, 2016
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 and the blending information for the British Naval Rum, and formed Pusser’s Ltd. on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. His company produces their Pusser’s Rum following the blending information and the traditions of the Admiralty.
Pusser’s Spiced Rum is new to the Pusser’s range. According to the producer’s website it is flavoured with a blend of locally sourced Caribbean spices which have been steeped in Caribbean rum over 7 days. The final rum is bottled at 35 % alcohol by volume.
Here is a link to my full review:
“… the spiced rum is perhaps just a little more heated than what I was expecting as both the cinnamon and the ginger seem to grab my attention. Despite the apparent heat, I can also easily discern other underlying pungent spices (reminiscent of allspice and nutmeg). Some sweet caramel-like flavours serve to soothe the palate making the spice easy to bear, and if you pay attention some mild tobacco and citrus notes play within the spice as well …”
Please enjoy my review of the new spiced rum from Pusser’s, Chimo!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 10, 2016
Recently the media team responsible for Captain Morgan Rum in North American has began sending me recipe suggestions (as well as samples) for most of that expanding range. This is because Captain Morgan has been rapidly expanding their family of rums in the USA to include a new white rum, (Captain Morgan White Rum), three flavoured rums (Captain Morgan Pineapple, Grapefruit and Coconut Rums), and three spiced rums (Captain Morgan Original Spiced, 100 Proof, Black Spiced and Cannon Blast Rums). You can click the links to read the review for each.
This has given me a good excuse to review each of the new rums and to revisit some of those spirits which I had previously reviewed. One of those previously reviewed spirits is Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum. The Black Spiced Rum was released in 2012, and it pays homage to the story of Captain Morgan’s burial on the shores of Port Royal Harbour, Jamaica in 1688.
The Captain Morgan website tells us that this rum is crafted with Blackstrap Rum which indicated to me that the rum as well as being spiced has been enhanced with caramel/molasses to enrich the flavour as give the rum its darkened hue. The rum is bottle at 47.3% alcohol by volume.
Here is a link to my latest review for the Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum:
“… The scent of vanilla is quite strong, and this aroma is accompanied by molasses-like notes of treacle, dark caramel, and bits of dark licorice. I also sense an overt spiciness of cinnamon, and cloves. As the glass sits, I also seem to catch a firm indication of cherry cola …”
Please enjoy my review which includes a new cocktail recipe, the Honey Badger.
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 14, 2016
The Hurricane is a tiki-style cocktail popularized in the 1940s by New Orleans tavern owner Pat O’Brien. Apparently O’Brien had an overabundance of rum which local alcohol distributors had foisted upon him, and he needed to find a way to sell more of it to make room for other spirits including a few cases of higher priced Scotch and Whiskey. The libation he came up with mixed different styles of rum with passionfruit and citrus juice, and over time it became a local sensation. The drink is still popular in New Orleans where it is served in a Hurricane-style glass which is apparently how the cocktail got its name.
Recently, Captain Morgan has been expanding their rum line-up beyond the spiced category, and into the flavoured and white rum categories. To promote the new spirits they send bloggers like me recipes and samples. I decided it was a good time to review more of the Captain’s line-up, and when they sent me their take on the Hurricane, I thought the recipe was interesting and worth sharing too.
Here is Captain Morgan’s take on the classic Hurricane.
Captain’s Spiced Hurricane
3/4 oz. Captain Morgan 100 Proof Spiced Rum
3/4 oz. Captain Morgan White Rum
2 oz. Passion Fruit Juice
1 oz. Orange Juice
1 oz Lime Juice
1/4 oz Sugar Syrup
1/4 oz Grenadine
Orange slice and cherry for garnish
Add the ingredients into a metal shaker with ice
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Pour into a crushed ice-filled hurricane glass
Garnish with orange and cherry.
If you are interested in more cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!
And for those interested, my original review (published in 2011) for Captain Morgan’s 100 Proof Spiced Rum can be found here:
” … This rum is smoother than its lower proof sibling even though it carries more of an alcoholic punch. The flavours which I associate with good rum like oak spices which meld into a nice rummy caramel are more apparent in the stronger version of the rum …”
Note: My review for the new Captain Morgan’s White Rum will publish tomorrow.
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 5, 2016
Yesterday, I published a recipe for a platter of delicious of chicken wings (Dab On ‘Em Wings). This recipe was probably one which appealed more to Panther fans than Bronco fans so today I thought I would bring forward a chicken platter for those who would cheer for the boys from the Mile High Stadium, the Bucking BBQ Bites. This is not my recipe, it was created by George Johnson from The Comfort of Cooking.
George’s Recipe combines chicken and bacon with a spicy sweet BBQ Sauce. The sauce is quite easy to make, just make sure you have some Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum on hand as it plays a starring role. Here is how to make these delicious tidbits:
Spicy Sweet BBQ Sauce
1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Chile Sauce
1/2 cup Captain Morgan® Original Spiced Rum
1/4 cup Low-sodium Soy Sauce
1/4 cup Ketchup
1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce
2 garlic cloves (crushed)
1 teaspoon Ground Dry Mustard
Ground black pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over low heat
Bring to a boil
Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes
Use immediately, or store in refrigerator until ready to use.
I recommend that you may the sauce the day before the game and refrigerate it. If you don’t use it all up, don’t worry. The sauce tastes great with any recipe which calls for a tangy BBQ sauce.
Now that we have the sauce made. it is time to get on to those delectable chicken and bacon bites. (And there is no reason not to enjoy a Captain & Cola while everything is cooking.)
Photo Courtesy Georgia Johnson
BUCKING BBQ BITES
2 Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
8 oz. Sliced Bacon, cut into thirds
1/2 cup Spicy Sweet BBQ Sauce (recipe above)
Preheat oven or barbecue to 300 degrees
Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil
Spray lightly with cooking spray
Wrap each chicken piece with a small strip of bacon
Secure with a toothpick and place on the baking sheet
Brush with BBQ sauce
Bake for 15 minutes
Remove pan from oven
Brush bites with more BBQ sauce
Return to oven
Bake for 15 more minutes
Enjoy the Super Bowl Responsibly!
And if you are interested in more of my recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for my mixed drink recipes!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 26, 2015
Captain Morgan Rum traces its history back to 1945 when Seagram’s CEO, Samuel Bronfman, negotiated the purchase of the Long Pond Distillery from the Jamaican Government and formed the Captain Morgan Rum Company. The company’s iconic rum brand, Captain Morgan’s Original Spiced Rum was based upon a recipe purchased from two local Jamaican pharmacists, the Levy Brothers, who had developed the recipe using rum from the Long Pond Distillery. The brand is now owned by the Diageo Conglomerate, and their Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum is the best-selling spiced rum in the world. The subject of this review revisitation, is the lessor known Captain Morgan Silver Spiced Rum, which, is a blend of clear, rich Puerto Rican white rum and tropical spice with sweet vanilla character. It is bottled at 35% alcohol by volume. Here is a link to the full review which includes a great cocktail of mine, the Spiced Darwin:
“… The initial aroma is pleasant with a pleasing (but very mild) mixture of butterscotch and vanilla rising into the breezes. I sense some tropical fruit (mango, banana and orange peel) and light accents of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Also rising into the breezes is a very light oakiness…. “
Please enjoy the review, Chimo!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 25, 2014
Fishbowl Spirits Llc. is a company wholly owned by Kenny Chesney, the well-known Country Music Singer from Knoxville, Tennessee. In May, 2013 Fishbowl Spirits launched Blue Chair Bay Rum, which features an assortment of rums which were apparently inspired by the relaxed island lifestyle of the county music star. The line-up includes an assortment of flavoured rums (a Coconut Rum, a Coconut Spiced Rum, a Banana Rum and a limited time only Coconut Spiced Rum Cream, as well as a standard White Rum. Although Blue Bay Chair Rum is based in Nashville, the assortment of rums they produce are distilled in Barbados and then bottled in Rochester NY by LiDestri Food & Beverage.
Three of these spirits, the Coconut and Coconut Spiced rums, as well as the White Rum have been brought into Alberta by Glazer’s Of Canada Llc, and they arranged for me to receive all three rums to review here on my website.
You may click the link below to read my full review of Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Punch, which incidentally was awarded the highest score I have ever granted in the Spiced category!
“… The aroma seems mellow and relaxed with scents of sweetened coconut and light spices running through the breezes …”
At the conclusion of the review I share my newest cocktail recipe which mixes the Coconut Spiced Rum with delicious fresh squeezed fruit and ginger ale. I chose to coll the new mixed drink, Allie’s Cocktail.
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 18, 2014
The Wild Geese Rum Collection is the companion to the Wild Geese Irish Whisky Collection. While the Wild Geese Irish Whisky collection sought to bring the Story of the Wild Geese and their struggles in European Armies to light, the Wild Geese Rum Collection continues the saga bringing to light the story of some of these Wild Geese who after service in the continental armies of Europe found themselves transported to America and the Caribbean where many worked upon the Rum Plantations in the new world.
The Wild Geese Caribbean Spiced Rum has been aged for up to five years and has been blended with tropical fruits and spice. You may read my full review here:
“… the possibilities for mixing the Caribbean Spiced Rum seems to be opening up in front of me as I sip. The initial flavour impressions I receive across my palate are similar to what I experienced as I nosed the glass. I sense a trio of fruitiness which resembles cherry licorice, fresh mango and sliced pineapple …”
Please enjoy my review which includes two cocktail suggestions, the Metro Swizzle, and the Spiced Darwin.
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 27, 2013
Rum continues to be a spirit on the rise. There was a time not long ago that when I stopped by a local store to buy a bottle of rum, I had really only two or three choices, and they were all named Bacardi. Now it is not uncommon for me to see up to twenty different rum brands even in the small liquor stores, and some of the large stores will have as many as 50 different brands to choose from. When I talk to the local merchants, they all tell a similar story, more and more people are asking for rum and some of them even come into the stores brandishing my reviews as ammunition.
My Rum Howler Awards are published each year. They represent my yearly proclamations regarding the best rums which I have tasted within that particular year. As is the case each year, all of my Awards are based upon side by side tastings within each category of spirit. I taste the spirit neat, and I also mix a few cocktails. Sometimes I have my friends help me. All rum samples which I receive to review on my website each year are automatically considered for the awards. I do my review, and then I set aside the remainder of the spirit for the end of the year judging. I also receive additional industry samples specifically for these awards.
My side by side tastings are completed, and it is time for me to reveal the recipients of my 2013 Rum Howler Awards for Excellence in the Production of Rum.
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 19, 2013
Lemon Hart is an iconic rum brand with roots which stretch back to the late 18th century when Mr. Lemon Hart began to supply rum to the British Royal Navy. By 1804, production of his “Lemon Hart Rum” was moved from his small merchant office in Cornwall, England to a larger facility in London. Over 150 years later the production of the blend had shifted to the Hiram Walker Distillery in Ontario, Canada.
Under the direction of new brand owner, Mosaiq, the Lemon Hart brand has been re-energized, and two new additions to the Lemon Hart family, Lemon Hart Navy Spicy Rum and Lemon Hart Original One Hundred British Proof Rum (available in the Travel Duty-Free market) have recently been launched. The spiced rum (which is the subject of this review) is an 86 proof offering (43 % alcohol by volume), developed for Mosaiq under the direction of former Hiram Walker Master, Mike Booth.
Here is an excerpt which you may click to link to my full review:
“… Things begin with a candied sweetness reminiscent of Butterscotch and/or Rum & Butter Lifesaver candies. Within that candied aroma I sense the spiciness of cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom as well as perhaps a touch of orange zest. There are obvious vanilla notes, a very light indication of treacle and hints of tobacco and oak which appear …”
Please enjoy my review which includes a nice recipe I choose to call, the Spiced Metro Swizzle!
Posted in Cocktails & Recipes, Dark Rums, Rum, Rum Reviews, Spiced Rum | Tagged: Cocktails, Lemon Hart Rum, Mosaiq, Navy Rum, Rum, Rum Review, Spiced Rum | Comments Off on Review: Lemon Hart Navy Spiced Rum