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Posts from the ‘flavored rum’ Category

15
Dec

Review: Big Five Coconut Rum

Big Five Coconut Rum is one of three rums crafted at St Petersburg Distillery under the Big Five Label.  The other two are Big 5 Silver, and Big 5 Gold Rum.  Big Five Rum is named for the five grand social clubs that thrived in Havana in the 1950’s.  For the record those clubs included The Vedado Tennis Club, Miramar Yacht Club, Biltmore Yacht and Country Club, Havana Yacht Club, and Casino Espanol.  Big 5 rum is made from sugar cane molasses sourced from South Florida sugar growers.  The rum is column distilled four times and pot distilled once.  The spirit is then artisan water proofed over four stages, charcoal filtered twice, and rested for 48 hours at each stage.  The resting period gives the water and spirit time to marry.  Natural coconut flavors are infused before bottling at 70 proof. Read more »

12
Sep

Review: Gubba Silver Rum

Gubba Silver Rum was introduced in 2013 along with Gubba Gold Rum.  After visiting St Martin with his wife and tasting delicious Island crafted rum liqueur, I’m guessing Toppers Rhum, Gubba Rum owner Steven Gubb was inspired to create a new different tasting rum.  Gubba Rums are crafted using a technique that dates back to the 1800’s.  These artisanal organic and naturally infused rums are made from pure organic cane and the finest fruits, spices, and herbs.  Gubba Silver Rum is distilled at Dancing Pines Distillery in Loveland Colorado.  It is unfiltered and infused with organic coconut. Read more »

9
Jun

Review: Cruzan Tropical Fruit Rum

Cruzan Tropical Fruit Rum was just released.  It is one of 23 rum varieties, 16 of them flavored rums, currently produced by Cruzan.  In 1760 a sugar mill began crushing sugar cane at the current site of the Cruzan Distillery.  Since the early 1800’s the Nelthropp Family has lived on the island of St Croix and worked at this distillery.  The eighth generation is currently working at this distillery.  Cruzan Tropical Fruit is made from cane molasses and tropical rain water.  After a five column distillation the rum is aged in oak barrels.  Natural flavors including Pineapple, Passion Fruit, Guava, Lime, and Orange and added before bottling at 42 proof. Read more »

11
Apr

Review: Blackmask Island Coconut Spiced Pacific Rum

Blackmask Island Coconut Spiced Pacific Rum is one of 4 rum varieties produced by United Winery and Distillery in Nakhon Pathom Thailand.  The other varieties include Original Spiced, Black Premo, and Tropical Chai.  Each starts with a cask aged pacific rum base.  Island spices and coconut are infused with that rum base in creating Blackmask Island Coconut.  Coconut rum may be synonyms with the Caribbean, but the coconut is native to Asia, so it’s only natural a distillery in Thailand would make a coconut rum of their own.   Read more »

11
Mar

Review: Blue Chair Bay Key Lime Rum Cream

Blue Chair Bay Key Lime Rum Cream was recently released.  I have been checking liquor stores shelves for weeks since I first heard of it’s existence.  It is one of eight rum varieties Kenny Chesney has in his Blue Chair Bay product line.  I have enjoyed all of them so far.  Key Lime Rum Cream starts with a white rum base, distilled and aged in oak barrels at the West Indies Rum distillery in Barbados.  The rum is shipped to Rochester New York where real cream, key lime, and other natural flavors are blended before bottling at 30 proof. Read more »

3
Mar

Review: Bacardi Banana Rum

Bacardi Banana Rum was just released.  This is one of ten flavored rums in their current product line.  If you thought they had more, they did at one time, but several flavors have been dropped.  Bacardi Banana starts with a rum base made from molasses, and a single strain of yeast, Le Levadura Bacardi.  After fermenting for 30 hours in closed fermentation tanks, the fermented molasses is split.  Some is column distilled, and some beer distilled.  Each is aged separately in charred American white oak barrels previously used to age bourbon.  Once mature the rums are blended and filtered through a mix of charcoal made from tropical woods and coconut shells.  Natural flavors are infused before bottling at 70 proof.  While this is Bacardi’s first banana flavored rum I have already reviewed 7 other banana flavored rums.  I can’t wait to see how Bacardi Banana Rum compares with the others. Read more »

25
Jan

Review: Downslope Vanilla Rum

Downslope Vanilla Rum is one of five rums created at the Downslope Distillery in Centennial Colorado.  They also distill Gin, Vodka, and Whiskey.  The distillery was founded May 2008 by three friends, Mitch Abate, Matt Causey, and Andy Causey.  The first two spirits, white rum and a vodka made from sugar cane were released in August 2009.  Downslope Vanilla Rum is made from dried Maui cane juice that has been processed into sugar.  The cane juice is fermented in 300 gallon tanks and double distilled in 220 gallon batches in a Double Diamond pot still created by Copper Moonshine Stills in Arkansas.  The rum is than filtered through The Lichtenstein, a devise designed by Master Distiller Mitch Abate.  Tahitian and Indonesian Vanilla Beans are steeped in the white rum infusing only the natural flavor of these two unique beans with their well crafted white rum.   Read more »

13
Jan

Review: Muddy River Coconut Carolina Rum

Muddy River Coconut Carolina Rum was released June 2015.  It is one of four rums crafted at a distillery that is located 50 yards from the Catawba River.  Hence the name.  They also produce two Moonshine varieties.  The husband and wife team of Robbie and Caroline Delaney moved into 500 feet of warehouse space they found on Craigslist in 2011.  Their first product Muddy Water Silver Rum was introduced September 2012.  They soon quit their full time jobs and needed more space to keep up with demand.  Today they operate in a 6100 square feet warehouse in the same old textile mill.  Their other rums include a Spiced, and Queen Charlotte Reserve, their oak barrel aged rum.  Each rum starts with high quality molasses sourced from Louisiana and Florida sugarcane.  Two new custom hybrid reflux column stills are used.  After distilling, natural flavors are blended with the rum base, before hand bottling and labeling at 70 proof. Read more »

28
Dec

Review: Toppers Mocha Mama Rhum

Toppers Mocha Mama Rhum is one of six rhums crafted in St Maarten at the Toppers Distillery.  For years Melanie Daboul created several flavored rhums out of her home kitchen.  These rhums were given as a complimentary after dinner drink at the 2  restaurants she and husband Topper Daboul own on the Dutch side of St Maarten.  These rhums were so well received they were soon selling bottles of this rhum at their restaurant.  On November 1, 2012 they opened a distillery on St Maarten where they now craft their rhum.  Mocha Mama is a premium rhum made with roasted coffee, and decadent chocolate with notes of vanilla. Read more »

24
Dec

Review: Plantation Stiggins Fancy Pineapple Rum

Plantation Stiggins Fancy Pineapple Rum was created by Alexandre Gabriel, Cellar Master of Plantation and David Wondrich, author of the book Imbibe.  This rum was not intended for sale it was created to share among colleagues and friends at Tales of Cocktail 2014.  The rum is named for Reverend Stiggins whose favorite drink was Pineapple Rum in the Pickwick Papers novel by Charles Dickens.  The hand cut bare rinds of Queen Victoria Pineapple are macerated with Plantation 3 Star White Rum for 1 week, and then distilled in a copper alembic pot still.  It is then blended with Plantation Original Dark Rum which has been infused with the fruit of the pineapple for three weeks.  The rum is then rested for three months in oak casks. Read more »