Rum tasting in Memphis on a very rainy Veteran's Day started with Big 5 Coconut Rum. Pretty nice and unique bottle and label design. Clear syrupy color. Plenty of coconut mixed with unaged alcohol to your nose and palate when neat sipped. Very sweet ending. Not nearly as good as Koloa Kaui Coconut or Siesta Key Coconut.
Reserva is way way better. This one lack complexity, balance... you can feel a lot of alcohol and just little hints of vanilla and caramel.
This is becoming my favorite. I like the color in the glass and the aroma. I didn’t find it too sweet, not too much of a burn. I did find the finish and aftertastes making me want more. Pleasantly surprised given the price!
I got the opportunity to attend a rum tasting with Daniele Biondi from Velier where we tasted 9 different rums. This was the fifth rum of the night, that was tasted alongside the "Habitation Velier LFCH 2011". This rum is a somewhat new release from Hampden themselves that clocks in at 59 abv.
Nose: Several medicinal and floral notes mixes together with hints of tropical fruits and some honey-like sweetness
Taste: Once again a medicinal taste hits you with notes of honey, apricots and cocoa
Overall: This was another great bottle from Hampden. Tasted side-by-side with the LFCH it was impossible to pick a favourite. This one is more funky and would please Jamaican rumheads more, but both are great in their own right.
I really enjoyed this rum on ice. I bought two bottles after visiting the distillery in New Orleans. I found it to be both sweet and a bit spicy at first taste. I liked the sweet finish as well. I found it went down a tad too smooth, meaning I have none left.
I have tried all(?) 3 of the rums from Companero and after the two prior to this failed in almost all categories, this one surprised me greatly. And in a good way.
Nose: Chocolate, orange peel and oak
Taste: Very heavy dose of chocolate with hints of orange, tobacco and raw cocoa
Overall: This is a chocolate-heavy rum, no doubt about it. It also has it limits in complexity, but with the 54 abv it delivers something, that the other two in the series doesn´t.
Let it be known, that I love Indian food, but I sure as hell don´t want the taste of Indian food in my rum.
Nose: Cardamom, tangerine, orange blossoms and something quite earthy
Taste: Black pepper, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon and ginger
Overall: Tastes like my spice mix for homemade Tikka Masala, which is good, but it does not belong in a rum. Could maybe work as a bitter for the dinner table, but I will let other people make that call.
Ron Summum have done a lot of editions with "cask finish". This, however, is their "normal" reserva especial. Sadly, there is nothing special about it.
Nose: Vanilla, prunes and a slight hint of oak
Taste: Vanilla, caramel, prunes and once again a slight hint of oak
Overall: A very one-dimensional rum with not much to offer. It is very thin and borders on being, simply put, boring.
This is my second time trying rum from Tres Hombres. I heard a lot about them before trying them out, but was very disappointed by the first glass i had. Sadly, this one did nothing to salvage my expectations.
Nose: Coconut, tropical fruits, vanilla and oak
Taste: Cinnamon, coconut, oak and a very thin and short sweet aftertaste
Overall: Like the first Tres Hombres I tried this just lacks....something. It is way to thin and offers nothing. Needs more oomph.
I must admit. Ron Panama is not a brand, that I know a lot about. So it was with an open mind, that I went to try this bottle.
Nose: A little harsh, but with notes of chocolate, warm leather and marzipan
Taste: Chocolate, marzipan, ginger and some peber in the aftertaste to spice it up
Overall: This is not a bad rum, but it feels unfinished. It feels like it tries to please people, who want something "fresh" and people who want something sweet. It ends in a bit of a "mush", where it would fail to please either. There is potentiel, though.
When you get rums that have been bottled from a single barrel, you automatically can´t have that many bottles. This one has very few bottles, even for a single barrel selection, since only 39 bottles hit the market.
Nose: Caramel, oak, leather and a funky medicinal whiff that rounds it off
Taste: Very intense with many notes like oak, figs, caramel, leather, coffee and a hint of citrus in the back of the palate. Long and lasting aftertaste.
Overall: I really like this rum. It is strong, intense and powerful with lots of taste. It gives the perfect warmth for you on a cold winters night.
Now, I know some people look down on solera-aged rum, but honestly, sometimes they just hit the right spot, and this bottle is perfect, when you feel like going solera.
Nose: Lots of roasted notes from coffee, cocoa bean, spices and tobacco
Taste: Caramel, honey, cocoa and a slight lemony hint that turns into a long and warm aftertaste
Overall: This rum is really great. It might be a bit to sweet for some, but it is not so sweet, that it is off putting. It is nice a well-rounded, but still somewhat complex. A nice sipper for every occasion, although a bit pricey.