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Taildragger Amber rum, an aged version of the base used in their White Rum that spends at least two years in American white oak barrels that previously held rye whiskey. Bottled at 80 proof.via American Rum Report
Maybe with some additional aging, this would be a better glass. For now, a wholly average oaky drink that did nothing to distinguish itself.
OK this one is a single taste rating. I managed to taste this before it was proofed for the bottle. So it is based on it at about 150-160 proof.
Straight -- The cask wood was mellow. The rum spent time in a used wine cask as well as a used whiskey barrel. You do catch a wine back flavor as well as the whiskey and wood. The sweetness and spiciness is a wonderful melange that starts in the mouth, intensifies and stays in a pleasant afterglow. Smooth is an often used word, but it says it perfectly. I have a bottle of this on my shopping list and plan to re-rate it after tasting the market brew!
After a recent taste at a rum pairings get together, a re tasting and a mixed drink (dark & stormy) confirm my taste rating!
I was very excited to try this rum, because as of this review, it was rated a "10" with six reviews.
This is just an average gold rum. Smells and tastes a bit hot for only 40%abv. I notice whiskey, oak, and maybe a hint of vanilla, but hardly any rum flavor at all. Might taste better to those that prefer whiskey, but even then it's not a premium whiskey flavor.
Interestingly, four of the six reviewers have ONLY rated Taildragger rums, so I suspect those early reviews are highly biased.
My score only takes into account my perceived flavor, not the over-rating.
I am constantly on the lookout for 8s, 9s and 10s. I think that only makes sense. Why would anyone spend their time looking for 2s, 3s and 4s? This one is very good, but not a 10 - at least not for me. It is strong 9. Basing my rating on the fact that this is truly a fantastic choice, I have had quite a few other fantastic choices as well. I wanted to try the coffee version as well, but could only fit one of these in my suitcase at the time. Next time, the coffee - and perhaps another 10?
I'm a fan of Amber and Spiced rums, over white rums. I love the smooth and very lightly caramel notes I taste in this rum. These guys have a hit! I enjoy this either on the rocks, or making a fantastic Caribbean influenced cocktail....trying it with cola seemed to be a waste of this rum, loosing all the distinctive flavor of the rum, overrun by the Cola taste. Great Job Tailwinds! You are a standard in my home bar.
This has become my go to rum, it outpaces any national brand on flavor and smoothness. Add this to some ginger beer and a squeeze of lime juice and you have the perfect summer night on your hands.
The color is like whiskey. The aging in whiskey barrels gives a slight whiskey flavor yet does not detract from the nice rum flavor. A really nice find! Hopefully it will become more widely available.
Ive always been a rum drinker and I love the darker spiced rums. I tried tailwinds about four months back and I can't wait for more bars and stores to carry it. After trying Taildragger I can no longer enjoy the generic rums like Captain. This is a must try. It has a very unique and delicious flavor that you will not soon forget!
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