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January 24, 2018

Review: Grander 8 Year Old Panama Rum

by Jeff Ellingson

Grander 8 Year Old Panama Rum is the result of Dan Dehart, a Louisville native and lifelong bourbon fan search through the Caribbean basin for the best tasting rum.  A rum with no coloring, flavoring, or sweeteners added.  Dan wanted to find a distillery capable of producing a true cane to glass rum.  This search led him to Ingenio San Carlos Distillery in Panama were this, Grander 12 Year Old, and Grander Single Barrel rums are also crafted.  Made from sugar cane grown in Herrara Panama the cane is harvested and transformed into Grade A molasses.  The molasses is fermented with a proprietary locally grown yeast.  Distillation follows with a 1922 American Copper and Brass Works copper still.  The rum is aged for eight years in previously used bourbon barrels.  Panama’s climate provides an intense environment for the rum and barrels to interact.  After blending, the rum is filtered through cellulose plates and than chill filtered and bottled at 90 proof.  Grander is named for the 1000 pound marlins, anglers dream of catching off the coast of Florida.It pours to a golden caramel color.  The aroma is vanilla, toffee, green banana, nutmeg, allspice, oak and orange peel.    The sweet vanilla and caramel entry is joined by banana, butterscotch and oak with a whole orange backing.  It fades with toffee, sweet cream, orange peel, and nutmeg.  The finish is smooth and dry with orange vanilla marble cake, ginger spice taste, and an alcohol sting much milder than the 90 proof bottling would suggest.  Grander 8 Year Old Panama Rum is a well crafted, well packaged rum, that certainly makes me wonder what Grander 12 Year Old Panama Rum tastes like.


2 Oz. Grander 8 Year Old Panama Rum

1 Oz. Frangelico

1 Oz. Lime Juice

3/4 Oz. Simple Syrup

1/4 Oz. Angostura Bitters

Shake With Ice and Strain

Into an Ice Filled Collins Glass

Top With a Splash of Grenadine

Made in Herrara Panama

45% Alcohol

Score: 92

Award: Gold Medal

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