When I was young and naïve Rum for me meant Bacardi and I didn't particularly like it. How wrong I was. Rum has become something much more exciting, something interesting, something worth drinking, something worth savouring. Like a lot of drinks, I think the everyday drinker can sometimes misunderstand Rum; drinking it with sickly-sweet colas in some kind of syrupy cocktail is doing this lovely Molasses-based drink a huge dis-service. I think it is best drunk on its own. It is possible to put an ice cube in, if you'd like to turn down the heat; but I like to drink it neat, much like a whisky, as you get to taste all the lovely flavours and warmth this way.
Over the last few months I have accumulated a few different bottles of Rum*, all of Caribbean extraction and with the cold winter nights closing in I thought that it would be a good idea to tell you about them. After all, what is better than pouring yourself a nice tot of Rum when the wind is blowing a gale outside and the temperature has plummeted below zero?
available on Master of Malt at £55). My father, my brother and I usually work through a bottle of this on Christmas Evening with a cigar after the cheese and port (although this year we went Nepalese with the Rum...) In the glass there is a light orange hue to the drink. When smelling it there is no burn of harsh alcohol, instead there is a lightly spiced aroma with notes of orange peel and a hint of vanilla. On drinking there is a mellowness to the Rum, with a chocolatey warmth. This really is the good stuff.
|Picture courtesy of Duppy Share|
Last up on my little Rum tour was Kraken Black Spiced Rum (available on Master of Malt at £22). This is a deep orange/brown colour in the glass and has an absolutely monstorous nose (get it?? The Kraken is a legendary beast? Never mind...) with huge vanilla aromas and sweet spices - clove and nutmeg, with a touch of aniseed at the end. On the palate, it is somewhat sweeter than the other two Rums I tried, with coffee and caramel notes and a slightly thicker, more viscous body. This really is a pleasing drink; perfect to have on its own, but also goes rather splendidly in a nice hot chocolate.
So, there you have it. Three excellent Rums all perfect at this time of year for giving you a little warmth.
What are your favourite Rums? Anything similar to the above that I really should be trying out?
* DISCLAIMER: The bottle of Duppy Share was sent to me as a sample by Duppy Share. The other two Rums are from my personal collection. All thoughts/opinions contained within this post are my own.