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Bayou Select rum, a version of their base Bayou Rum that’s aged in used bourbon barrels for up to three years (with the traditional solera method) and bottled at 80 proof.via American Rum Report
I'm generally not a big fan of American rums, but the Bayou (and also the Koloa) is one of the best.
Smells and tastes slightly sweet with sugar, spice, maple, oak, and perhaps a light hint of bourbon.
This is a nice rum that might do even better with age. The bottle doesn't say how long it's been aged, but I suspect it's still very young.
At first pour, a sipper with a small bite. After sitting for a bit, the bite is subdued and the slight astringency has disappeared. This will be a very good rum in 5 more years i think.
This rum has so much potential but falls just a tad short. The color is a deep amber. It has a bit of an edginess in aroma...stinging the nose a bit. Hints of being harsh. It initially has an interesting molasses flavor with a little vanilla but fades into a bit overly hard oak tone. The burn is a bit harsher than I like. It's a good mixing rum especially in sweeter drinks (the dry aftertaste would counter the sweet well) and does well in Coke Zero but needs to be aged several more years to raise it to sipping rum status. This rum has so much potential and I sincerely hope they have more barrels of this in reserve to bring out in several more years.
I've tried their other rums (Silver, Spiced, and Satsuma) since they are readily sold locally here in this section of Florida. The Select is not and I had to go to Louisiana to get a bottle. It's pretty good stuff but I think it would be much, much better if aged longer.
I'm usually a molasses man, but I do like to expand into sugar cane, and this is a good, inexpensive expression. Not so refined as the French ones, but to me that's not necessarily a bad thing. Burst of sweetness on the body is appealing and not so typical of cane rums, but its nice. Smooth and easy to drink. Not the greatest rum, but very drinkable AND when the price is taken into account, not bad.
I always like to have different rums on board. It gives me a break from the great ones that I have and makes me appreciate them more when I come back to them. Having said that, that's a bit negative about this rum as its more than acceptable.
There is a problem though.... the Bayou Single Barrel which is only a little more expensive.
Like it in cocktails, but not as a sipper. When you drink it as a sipper, you can smell and taste the agricole.
I have long put off trying this one from Bayou since I was not at all pleased with their Spiced and Satsuma. Since I am now experimenting with Martiniquan agricoles and this one from Louisiana was on sale for $27, so I figured why not. I honestly was not expecting much when I got it home.
It starts off with 100% sugar cane juice from Louisiana and it is fermented with cane yeast. It is then distilled in copper pots before aging in American oak barrels. My bottle is from Batch 1704. Agricoles tend to pick up too much of the charred barrel taste, so lengthy aging times are not necessary. This one was wisely aged just right, but there is no age statement. My guess would be 3-4 years. Others have stated that it needs more aging, but that would indeed ruin this rhum. It has minimal vegetal and floral notes. The aroma and taste remind me of a toned down version of Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, which is maybe why I like it. The sweetness is perfect with only an estimated 9 gpl of added sugar, which qualifies it to border on being semi-dry. This added sugar also would disqualify it in being a true rhum agricole. It also does not make a good Mai Tai.
I like the bayou brand. This is a good sipper. I probably prefer it to the spiced.
Not a good dark rum at all ... Very bad flavour and blend cheating the market
Nice color on this rum. From there I'd like to see them age this more and reduce the burn on the backend.
I was pleasantly surprised to find this rum today, Bayou spiced is one of my favorite rums. I have enjoyed everything that the Bayou company has put out so far, and this one is no exception. For a little less than twice the price of the regular Bayou you get a very smooth flavorful sipping rum. I do find this one to be more of a classic rum flavor than the regular spiced Bayou, but don't let that fool you, this rum tastes better than anything else at this price point. This reminds me of a rum I bought in Costa Rica, Ron Centenario Anejo Especial. Great rum to sip on in the winter.
Feel through the bourbon cask taste, and it is very necessary.
I really like this Rum. Yes, it is "young" and a bit firey to taste, but the flavour is there. Like a caramel flavoured Agricole.
This was given to me as a present. Nice dark amber color. Nose reveals hints of vanilla and caramel. It is much more mellow than I was expecting with very little after burn. Taste light molasses and doesn’t linger for too long.
Not a collectible but not a throw away neither.
My wife and I took a tour at The distillery and I was surprised with the selection and quality of the products they offered. The possibly one of the best US based manufacturer of rum.
Boy, what a find! I enjoy rum & bourbon and this is two in one. Aged in oak barrels, it is definitely flavourful and perfect for when you can't decide between the two spirits.
ok for cuba libre , nothing special , souvenir from New Orleans
Very nice rum, this is definitely Bayou's best. I would rate it at a 8.5. I have only tasted this stuff neat and it was very enjoyable from the nose to the finish. Definitely more complex than their other rums and more of a mans rum with less sweetness. Good Stuff!
I am always interested to try rums I have not heard of before. This is an American rum.
A little thin on the front end, developing sweetness slowly across the middle towards a not unpleasant bitterness later. No discernible tones other than caramel. Reasonable finish.
The distillery claims history but the rum doesn't reflect any experiential depth ... handed down from Grandad.
As I understand it, America has a single use barrel policy. Great for coopers ... but not so good if you are trying to develop more complex flavour. I recommend the proprietors spend a sabbatical with the Plantation Rum Company https://www.plantationrum.com . They really do seem to know how to make great rum out of the modest.
Annoing rum. Flavour added, nice bottle. For me, doesn’t matter but is supraestimate.
I was wary of this at first thinking that the label was cool but less than sophisticated. Great “anejo” taste and aged to the point of a good taste of scotch. Good price, I wished I had purchased more for sipping. This board is just so varied in tastes it is fascinating. While it appears there are polarized opinions we can all agree we enjoy rum! Cheers and G-d bless friends!
Sampled this rum with a variety of cocktail syrups at Cardiff Rum Festival on the weekend. It's ok and is comparable in flavour profile to the spiced version, much better as a mixer with cola. I probably wouldn't buy a bottle
Good rum, enjoyed with Coke. A little hot straight.
Ναι ..... Ρούμι από την Αμερική , όσο κι αν ξενίζει κάποιους ...... καλό ευκολόπιοτο , θυμίζει burbon , άξιζε τη δοκιμή και άφησε μια ευχάριστη αίσθηση ...... Σίγουρα δε μπαίνει στα αγαπημένα μου , αλλά είναι ένα καλό (not sweet) ρούμι ...... Μη φοβάστε τη χώρα προέλευσης και κάθε λογής "δαιμόνια" !!!!!!!!
* Πίνεται ευχάριστα και σφηνάκι !