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twas the night before rum quest

A Reef Warrior Christmas Tradition…….

The night before Rum Quest

T’was the night before rum quest

And all along the beach

No rum could be found

Not even the Screech

The reef warriors were fast asleep

Some even in bed

As visions of Sailor Jerry

Danced in their heads

Pyrat Reserve

Had done me in

I finished my nightcap

This is no sin

Soon I was awakened

Up I did dash

Tempted to drink up

A small taste of The Lash

I looked out the window

What I saw gave me stoke

Old Captain Morgan

In a pot still pulled by 8 barrels of oak

He called out the barrels by name

With the same care and skill

The good Captain used

To land the old copper still

Taste Oronoco, try Appleton’s

Drink Bacardi and Zaya

Enjoy Zacapa, Eldorado                     

Savor Diplomatico and Viscaya

The Captain was dark

With a head of cork and wood

With hints of vanilla

I new this would be good

Old like Ron Anejo

Sweet like molasses

He poured himself some grog

I had the same, just different glasses

To the rum bar he went

With a cask full of goods

Many tasty flavors and spices

Ripe fruit and charred woods

Four Square Spiced

For Gidget and the Possum

Thanks good Captain

This is awesome

Kraken for Casey

A flask of Mount Gay for Randy

Rum cakes for Sharon

Even a bone for Sandy

Then he was gone

In the blink of an eye

I’ll be back for mojito Monday

He yelled from the sky

I heard him exclaim

As he rolled out of sight

Happy rum quest to all

And to all, a good night.

Cheers and Happy Holidays from Da’ Reef


Rum Quest month week 4 Diplomatico Ambassador

I hope you all have enjoyed rum quest month as much as I have. It has been a lot of fun catching up on this delicious hobby. I want to raise a glass of Pyrat in thanks to Brian for his great review from the shores of St. Lucia. I hope the wicked wild-eyed sirens allow him to return to the U.S.

This week is going to put a wrap on things and I have saved the best for last.

Every year we chip in on a very high-end rum and this year we chose

Diplomatico AmbassadorthCAD71AR1 from Venezuela

This rum comes in a very beautiful oak box.

It is a dark and inviting rum, yet the display is full of mystery.

In the glass it is a deep coffee color and has strong rum legs.

The nose is sweet and strong, but not overpowering.

There are hints of dried fruit and vanilla (?). Very complex. (which is a term I may use often in this review)

The taste is wonderful. Again very complex, hints of many delicious flavors, I found a masterful blend of vanilla, spice, coffee and chocolate. Subtle hints of the barrel add to its mystique.

The finish is very pleasent, long,smooth and creamy

The maturing process of 12 yrs in oak is followed up by 2 yrs in sherry casks.The attention to detail in the blending  and aging aims for and hits the mark of perfection.

We have enjoyed the Diplomatico rums for many years and this rum is the patriarch of the family.

This is a rum to keep locked away. It is a luxury a true rum lover should experience.

Additional Notes:

While tasting for this review, Gail and I both remarked how different we observed this rum upon first tasting in late summer 2012. We both had similar thoughts that  it was a good rum, a complex rum, but not outstanding. I can say that our opinion has changed totally. This is one of the finest rums we have ever enjoyed. Have our palettes become more refined? Possibly, Have our other senses awakened? Maybe. Who knows? This is why we Quest!