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Cane & Abe Small Barrel rum, a direct fire pot-distilled, dark brown cane sugar-based rum that’s aged in both new and used American oak barrels for an unspecified amount of time and bottled at 80 proof with no added sweeteners.via American Rum Report
Surprisingly good rum from a small distillery in Madison, WI. Good color. Starts out bold and finishes quite smooth. Drink it straight. This may not be a “special occasion” rum but the price makes it easily affordable for an every day treat.
Was pleasantly surprised by this local concoction. The color is a beautiful brown and mixes very well with cola. The hint of whiskey flavor takes a bit to get used to (I'm not a whiskey drinker) but it's perfect for this drinker.
According to their website, this rum is "distilled exclusively from dark brown cane sugar". The flavor I detect has that distinct dark brown sugar flavor but also has a distinct vanilla extract flavor underneath. The rum has been aged in new and used oak barrels giving it a somewhat oakiness but not overpowering. The finish goes back to that brown sugar/vanilla flavor that lingers on the tongue. This is almost a sipping rum in of itself but works best as a mixer.
Can you believe this is produced in Wisconsin? Good job!
The location of manufacture of this rum was a pleasant surprise. This is a product of Madison Distillery and appears to be a conscious effort to be different from the sugar can juice and molasses crowd, and I believe it has achieved it. So why did I rate it a 6? Because I do no like sweet rums. If you enjoy popular rums such as Zacapa & Zaya, you will like this rum. I enjoy rum agricole, especially Flora de Cana's dry white, so you will understand my rating from that. Otherwise, this is a very good American rum.
Bottle: With it's American Indian style label and old school whiskey bottle shape, I think it is a charming looking product.
Bottle Aroma: There are tails in this rum and the distiller has made a conscious choice to allow you to taste some of the complex tastes that come from aging a rum with a good supply of fatty acids from the congeners in fermentation.
Glass Aroma: A sweet rum with a hint of oak.
Taste: There is an initial heat to be expected with a younger rum but the blend of sweet, oak, grassier tails, make for an enjoyable rum. It remains warm all the way through and I would carry this in a flask in winter to bolster the constitution when it becomes brisk out.
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