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Barely drinkable, gasoline-like
I recently returned from a cruise to Key West and Havana. The only thing new to Key West since my last visit was the Hemingway Rum Co., to which I made a beeline as Papa's Pilar Dark was my favorite US rum. Then on to Cuba where I got my first tastes for Havana Club 7 Anos, Reserva, and Blonde. The darker rums had a distinctive nose I had trouble difining, but recognized immediately when my son gave me a bottle of Old St. Pete's (yes, he's finally going to mention it!) Righteous Rum & Spice. Now my favorite from anywhere, beating out Pyrat, Zaya, El Dorado, . . . (sorry, but I head to put it in context). It reminds me just a bit of the 7 Anos but with spice. And for the money, it is a super value.
I'm not a high end yuppie whiskey bar kinda drinker. I don't fancy whatever some liquor guru says is the best and if you don't like it you know nothing.
That being said, Captain Morgan Private Stock was the quickest bottle to be empty in my selection of stock at my bar until I started stocking Old St Pete.
Might not be what many connoisseurs are looking in a spiced rum but I enjoy it and especially enjoy the fact that it has a unique flavor. I believe a good creative bar tender could put together some really interesting drinks with this product. It's spendy but like many things it seems you get what you pay for.
It might be that some don't care for it due to looking for the taste of their old favorite in a product that is completely unique.
I applaud its creators for being bold enough to step outside the box far enough to offer something new to the market.
I actually put a case of Old St. Pete away for safe keeping in case this very young company does not succeed. .
PS: "my bar" = private beach bar at private beach community home regularly frequented by many friends and family. I suppose that makes my opinion either very limited or possibly just not influenced by current popularities of the commercial bar scenes.
Sugar: 45 gpl. This is a sweet and simple spiced rum, although there is not a lot of spice. It doesn't have a lot of flavour and is not complicated in aroma or body. I found it to be similar to Captain Morgan Private Stock. This would be a good introductory spiced rum for those that usually mix their rums and want to try a sipping rum. I think that it's a bit pricey for a spiced rum. There are better spice rums available for less money.
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