A fascinating article from Lost Spirits Co head distiller Bryan Davis on his approach to rum from yeast to barrel with a massive amount of detail.
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
Friday, 24 January 2014
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
At the heart of rum is the sugar cane, an interesting article in Wired discusses a new approach being taken by a massive Brazilian sugar producer. Given the impact on biodiversity of traditional production techniques these guys have taken a very non-linear approach to things and have had some very impressive results.
Settle back with a glass of something good and have a read
Settle back with a glass of something good and have a read
A fascinating article from Lapham's Quarterly about scurvy, what it is, how it's treated and so on. No mention of rum specifically but still an interesting read
|A particularly delicious way to avoid scurvy|
Monday, 9 December 2013
|Individually hand signed & numbered|
|Tall & elegant|
taller and slimmer than most, it's an elegant, simple bottle that showcases the liquid very nicely indeed. For the 20 year old each bottle is individually numbered, signed and dated by the head distiller.
Interestingly Los Valientes is a hybrid of rum styles, being made with locally grown sugar cane from which the sugar cane juice is taken, slowly fermented and then double distilled in a pot still. This gives effectively an Agricole rum. Next the molasses from the same cane is fast fermented and column distilled, making a lighter rum and then these two are blended in a 70:30 ratio.
Now, with the angels' share being so high in tropical climates how on earth can anyone do a "true" 20 year old rum? Well, the canny guys of Licores Veracruz got round this by using 180 gallon barrels of white oak, this is less reactive than the standard ex-bourbon barrels most people use so the rum can stand a longer ageing and the angels' share is reduced.
Pouring out a glass you see the gorgeous dark amber colour with very thick and persistent legs, as the rum warms up and opens you get a sweet, slightly pungent aroma followed by dried fruits and nuts.
Taking a sip there is definitely a good bite to it but it's far from harsh, the sweetness is tempered by a spicy almond & cloves note. A splash of water does take the edge off it but personally I like the bite.
On the way down that extra 3% ABV makes itself known but there's no burn at all, just a gorgeous warmth complemented by a nice, dry dark chocolate finish. In the course of tasting this rum I found that to get the best from it you needed to take a good big sip, which is no great hardship with a rum like this.
Overall this is an exceptionally well balanced rum, the bite of the slightly higher ABV compliments the sweet, spicy notes, this is definitely a rum to savour and sits very comfortably amongst higher-end sippers.
Colour - Dark amber
ABV - 43%
Bottle - 50 cl
Price - £45
Nose - sweet, pungent, dried fruit, nutty
Palate - Spicy, cloves and pralines, definite bite
Finish - dark chocolate, dry, warm
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
|Paddington bear - coming over here, eating our marmalade..|
Ron Millonario is a relatively new rum brand, brought to us by an Italian who started off in wine, was an independent Scotch Whisky bottler and then came to rum.
Now, somehow, in the North of Peru there are three Scottish column stills working away to make this most International of rums.
Millonario make a point of mentioning in their materials that their wash is slow fermented, now this isn't something I'd ever really thought much about but a perusal of the excellent "Rum" by Dave Broom enlightened me on a few things (and I'd really recommend the book, it's a great read). The longer the ferment the more acids and esters there will be in the wash, and esters give those lovely fruity aromas we all love.
Once it's distilled the rum goes into a 4 row solera consisting of American oak ex-bourbon barrels and Slavonian oak as well. On average the liquid that comes out is around 7 years old. As discussed elsewhere on this blog the age statement on a solera rum refers to the oldest rum in the blend, rather than the youngest as you'd see with a rum from a former British colony. Still, as long as you know what's what it doesn't overly bother me.
|Toquilla, it makes me happy..|
Once you've poured yourself a glass it's a lovely dark amber colour with thick legs that linger. As the rum warms up the room is filled with a cinnamon and a fruity, slightly smokey aroma, almost like fruit pudding that's been fried too long (for horrified non-Scottish readers think fried fruitcake).
Take a generous sip and you get a big hit of sweetness followed by stewed dark fruits, a little of the obligatory vanilla and banana bread (those esters again), and then a slight tart, almost citrusy edge to the flavours that's very refreshing and makes for a very moreish drink. This definitely coats your mouth and has an almost syrupy mouthfeel.
|Millonario - dark, rich and fruity|
Ron Millonario is definitely a winter rum, ideal for sipping on a cold night to warm yourself up. I've had a glass sitting next to while I type this and the room is suffused with the fruitcake aromas of the rum, the longer you leave it the more this opens up and develops.
Overall this is a very good rum that could be a great rum, evening out the slightly burnt edges to the aroma and flavour would elevate the rum markedly, but I suspect that's being saved for the XO version. Other than that it's nicely balanced, the fruity notes stop the sweetness being overpowering and the warmth of the finish is very appealing indeed. Retailing at around £35 for a 70cl bottle this is a great quality rum at a very reasonable price.
Currently Aldi, purveyors of cheap fruit,veg and random goods have El Dorado 15 for £35.99 and the 8 year old for £20.
Absolute bargains for two superb rums so fill your boots.