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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!

Rum Quest month special feature, From the Shores of St. Lucia

One of our Brethren of the Reef is currently enjoying the wind and waters in St. Lucia beachviewand has joined the quest for fine rum.

Brian S. from the Great Lake of Michigan sends us this report from some warm sandy beach, filled with tanned beauties plying him with rum. (not sure if this is true, but it sure sounds good) I am somewhat sure he is singing that line from a Jimmy Buffett song, “They are freezing up in Buffalo, stuck in their cars, and I am lying here beneath the sun and the stars”

Dutifully reporting from St. Lucia!  I don’t have a car, so I can’t easily get around here.  I’m staying on the south side of the island, near Vieux Fort.  This is NOT the tourist side of the island, but rather where the real folk live.  On a rum quest, I took a taxi to the liquor store in search of the nectar.
I couldn’t find the Admiral Rodney, but was able to pick up a bottle of the

Chairman’s Reserve.  A 70 cl bottle went for about $27 EC (1 US $ = 2.67 EC $).   chairmans reserveHere’s my review:

Firstly, some personal background.   I’m not a long-time rum drinker.  In fact, other than occasional the summer post-session mojito, I did not drink rum until the summer of 2012 when I discovered Pyrat rum in Hawaii.  Pyrat is special.  I really enjoy the Pyrat straight up, and even in a mojito (although in a mojito it lacks the crisp finish of a crystal rum).   At my house and also at the Surf Palace, you’ll always find a bottle of Pyrat.  I also like Bourbons and cognac, and regularly drink Bourbons in the colder months.  Try a Blanton’s sometime.

I was excited to try a St Lucian rum in it’s own birthplace, but I have to say that I am a little disappointed in this rum.  The tasting notes on the St Lucia Distillers website describe this rum accordingly:   . . . The pot still richness comes through on the nose with sweet honeyed fruit and spicy vanilla from the oak. The palate is balanced, with a mellow but complex mix of ripe raisin fruit, tobacco and spice.  
I really cannot agree with this opinion.   For me, this rum is somewhere between a bourbon and a rum.   I don’t get any of the ‘honeyed fruit and spicy vanilla’.  This rum carries the smokey, charred oak barrel, without really keeping the caramel, vanilla of the oak.  If you could plug your nose when you taste this, I think you might believe it was a bourbon.   As I said, I like bourbon, but not when I’m drinking a rum.  I’m only half way through the bottle (I’ve only been here two days), so maybe this opinion will change.

Coincidently, I was chatting with a Swiss guy at the beach today.   He pulled a bottle of the Chairman’s Reserve Spiced rum out of his backpack and shared it with me.  I’m not a spiced rum guy, but ironically, I really did like the spiced version of the rum better.   The spiced version had the typical orange, cinnamon, clove flavors, but with a balance that I enjoyed, and without some of the over-the-top sweetness that cheap spiced rums have.  While I wouldn’t maintain a steady diet of the Chairman’s Reserve Spiced, I did enjoy it.

So, that’s my early report from St. Lucia.   God willing, I’ll have wind tomorrow and maybe another rum run later in the week.

Thanks Brian, for that great review. And the photo’s.

And if you want to bring back a bottle or two for us to try………

I seem to remember having some very similar thoughts when tasting said rum. Being a pot stilled it probably left an oily finish on the tongue and not very smooth.

Although Chairman’s reserve is an award-winning rum I would have to say it is            not our style of rum

Rum Quest month week 3 Dos Maderas

Today we will travel to spain for some very fine rums.

Dos Maderas 5+5 and 5+3 are very unique in how they are aged .

The 1st part of the aging process is at the point of origin (Guyana and Barbados)  for 5 yrs. in oak barrels. And then on to Spain for aging in Dos Cortados sherry casks. This is the final stage for the 5+3, where as the 5+5 undergoes a final stage of aging in Don Guido sherry casks.

This multi stage process creates very wonderful rums.

5+3……boasts a sweet spicy smoky nose.

Rich honey color and strong rum legs make it pleasing to the eye.

You get a wave of flavor as it moves across your palate. Starting with a well-balanced spice and smoke, blended with fruit sweetness, followed by a smooth vanilla finish.

This is a top shelf rum.

5+5 ……is a much darker nectar, almost coffee color,with even nicer legs.

The nose is more complex with a hint of chocolate and tobacco.

Sweet on the tongue, the sherry characteristics are more pronounced, creating a sweeter ,fruiter, full-bodied flavor. The finish is smooth and creamy.

A very very nice rum. Keep this locked up and share with only true friends.

Casey’s Take: 5+5 is a top ten sipping rum. I love the stuff. I find it both very complex and very smooth which are two traits that are hard to find together. The combination makes it soo flavorful. This is one rum I try to always have on the shelf.

Rum Quest month week 2 —–Cane and Abe

Today we sample  Cane and Abe freshwater rum from the good old U.S. of A.Cane&Abe_Freshwater_Rum[1]

Distilled in Madison Wisconsin,  made from brown sugar from home-grown sugar beets, and aged in american oak barrels this rum was a pleasant surprise.

American Still Life goes into great detail sharing the story of this small distillery in the article  “‘From Garage to Greatness’

A sugary, sweet nose, fair rum legs, and a honey gold hue.

Smooth, smokey,oak from the barrel taste combines with sweet,sweet honey. This rum has a clean, but slightly sour/oily finish often found with pot stilled rums.

A delightful sipping rum to keep on your top shelf.

Rum Quest Month special Mardi Gras edition

Old New Orleans Cajun spiced rum New Orleans, LouisianaOld_New_Orleans_Spiced_Rum[1]

Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday are in full swing and I am sure plenty of this rum is being consumed, as liquid courage helping the shy girls to earn some beads.bacardi-girls_opt[1]

Before I get off track  dreaming of girls earning  beads, let’s try this unique rum, made from black strap molasses and aged in oak bourbon barrels.

The nose is warm and spicy.

The taste is also warm with spice, lots and lots of spice.

Cinnamon and pepper (cayenne?) are up front and very noticeable, followed by

nutmeg and ginger. The taste is similar to a stick of Big Red Gum. Only better because it is RUM not gum.

The smooth finish is warm and spicy with a hint of pepper.

This is everything a spice rum should be, Keep it on your top shelf for sipping and on your bar shelf to make some great mixed drinks.

CASEY’S TAKE: Cajun Spice is my favorite Spiced Rum of them all, By far! Sip it, mix it. It does everything. Especially in the winter! it warms ya up just right. Make sure ya get 2 bottles, cause the first one won’t last long!