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July 2015 - Rum & Cane Spirits

July 2015 - Rum & Cane Spirits
This month's Spirits feature is Rum, Flavored Rum, Spiced Rum, Rhum & All Craft Cane Spirits

Rum & Cane Spirits Reviews

Denizen Merchants Reserve 8 Year Old Rum
97 points
$29.99
Bright golden amber color. Rich, complex, attractive aromas of bananas foster, white toffee, cedar spice and cigar boxes, and dried fruits with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, layered, long cedar bark and moss, copper ore, smoked nuts, and pepper finish. A very dry, serious and elegant aged rum for the connoisseur; will be fantastic with cigars or in tiki cocktails.
97 points $29.99
Ron Zacapa Rum XO
96 points
$100
Bright bronze color. Delicate, buttery aromas of roasted nuts, toasted coconut, and chocolate figs and cherries with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long coffee gelato, wood spice, minerals, and pepper finish. A stylish, long aged sipping rum that will be great with cigars.
Ron Zacapa Rum "23"
95 points
$45
Bright copper color. Delicate, attractive, roasted aromas of bbq spiced nuts and Mexican chocolate with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and a warming, charming, medium-length root beer float, brown spices, polished wood, and minerals finish. A delicious, sensual aged sipping rum.
Inner Circle Green Dot Rum
95 points
$75
Gold color. Bold, complex, phenolic aromas of rubber cement, scorched copper, grilled fruits and nuts, and burnt sugar with a supple, racy, dryish medium-full body and a hot, distinctive, long caramelized nuts, dried fruits, and mocha finish. A fiery and brash overproof rum that brings a lot of flavor and potstill character to the cocktail table; try with a splash or two of water to calm the fire.
Malecon Selección Esplendida 1985
95 points
$90
Dark amber color. Rich, attractive, toasty aromas of coffee candy, maple cherry fudge, buttery praline, and sherry with a supple, bright, off-dry medium body and a peppery, distinctive, long hazelnut latte, brown spices, raisins, and cream finish. A robust flavor ride of a dark rum that will appeal to any coffee fans.
The Real McCoy 12 Year Aged Rum
94 points
$44.99
Brilliant amber color. Bright, buttery aromas of caramelized nuts, dried banana and coconut, and polished wood with a supple, crisp, off-dry medium body and a tingling, layered, medium-long vanilla cream, nougat, and delicate spice finish. A delicious and finely balanced sipping rum; give your cigar a dip.
94 points $44.99
Phraya Deep Matured Gold Rum
94 points
$50
Medium gold color. Rich, nutty, spicy aromas of nut brittle, creme brulee, cedar, and sweet tobacco with an even, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, distinctive, medium-long creamy pistachio gelato, cherry cola, baking spices, and minerals finish. A rich and rewarding gold rum that delivers a lot of flavor and balance for the category.
Rum Haven Coconut Rum
93 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Opaque clear color. Lively, pure, tropical aromas of coconut cream and oil with a soft, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length coconut macaroon and buttercream finish. Nice purity and depth of coconut flavor that will work well in fruity cocktails or after dinner.
93 points $15.99 Best Buy
Malecon 10 Year Old Rum
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Amber color. Bright, creamy aromas of creme brulee, banana pie, and lemon polished wood with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-length chocolate cream, cola, copper, and rubber finish. A very nice sipping rum.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Puerto Angel Organic Blanco Rum
93 points
$26.99
Pale slivery straw color. Bright, creamy, earthy aromas of plantain custard, rubber leaf, and coconut water and husk with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, engaging, medium-length Coleman’s fuel, white pepper, and green tobacco leaf finish. A rustic, somewhat fiery, cachaça like white rum that will add a lot of character to craft cocktails.
93 points $26.99
Marauda Steel Pan Rum
93 points
$35
Gold color. Faint, elegant, earthy aromas of caramelized nuts, roasted bananas, and brown spices with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, fast creme brulee, banana flan, copper ore, and fuel-like minerals finish. A superb potstill rum with great complexity and finesse.
Beenleigh 5 Year Old Double Barrel Rum
93 points
$60
Bright amber color. Rich, attractive, fruity aromas of bananas foster, chocolate cherry and nuts, and mocha buttercream with a velvety, bright, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length cream brulee, white toffee, cherry cola, and peppermint finish. A nicely confected dark rum for mixing.
Havana Club Añejo 15 Años Rum
93 points
$210
Copper color. Aromas of nuts, oak, and dried tobacco with a supple, soft, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long spices and herbs, pepper, and cigar wrapper finish. A long aged, wood forward rum that will pair nicely with cigars.
Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
92 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Bright light gold color. Bright, attractive aromas of toasted coconut, banana cream pie, and almond nougat with a soft, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length bananas foster, pepper, and minerals finish. A delicious and well aged gold rum with lots of spicy flavor to offer.
92 points $11.99 Best Buy
The Real McCoy 5 Year Aged Rum
92 points
$28.99
Golden amber color. Muted, toasty aromas of coconut creme, toffee, and brown spices with a glycerous, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long nougat and root beer float finish. A delicious and satisfying dark rum with great balance and style.
92 points $28.99
Cruzan Single Barrel Rum
92 points
$29.99
Pale gold color. Roasted aromas of pecans, chocolate, and oak spice with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long tobacco, pepper, and minerals finish. A delicious, complex and balanced aged rum for sipping or cocktails.
92 points $29.99
Puerto Angel Organic Amber Rum
92 points
$29.99
Hazy straw color. Delicate, creamy, nutty toasty yeasty aromas of almond nougat, creme brulee, and spice bread with a soft, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length pepper, mocha cream, toasted marshmallow, and fuel-like minerals finish. A flavor packed gold rum that will stand out well in cocktails.
92 points $29.99
Charboneau Distillery White Rum
92 points
$35
Clear color. Bright, earthy, creamy funky aromas of coconut custard, banana leaf, pepper, and fuel-like and copper minerals with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, breezy sweet cream, spiced bananas, molasses, and licorice finish. A distinctive pot still style white rum that will excel in tiki cocktails.
Tremols Ron Blanco Reserva Unica Rum
91 points
$13
Best Buy
Pale slivery straw color. Mild, fruity aromas of banana custard and praline with a supple, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, relaxed coconut creme brulee, watermelon taffy, delicate peppery spices, and minerals finish. A silky and well balanced rum that is sure to please.
91 points $13 Best Buy
Dry County Distillery Hot Spiced Rum
91 points
$22.50
Best Buy
Bright copper color. Bright, spicy aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg and toffee with a satiny, crisp, sweet medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length cocoa powder and chili pepper finish. A nice peppery spiced rum that will cut through in clever cocktails.
91 points $22.50 Best Buy
Blackwell Fine Jamaican Rum
91 points
$24.99
Medium dark amber color. Bright, creamy, buttery baked aromas of chocolate covered pineapple and cherry, white toffee, coconut macaroon, and brown spices with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long banana custard, roasted nuts, polished wood, and green tobacco leaf finish. A well aged dark rum with lots of flavor and sippable mellowness.
91 points $24.99
Prichard’s Private Stock Rum
91 points
$125
Bright amber color. Lively, attractive, complex aromas of melted toffee, spumoni gelato, pickled watermelon, and lacquered wood with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, stimulating, long mocha, pink pepper, delicate herbs, and mineral ore finish. A nicely articulated dark potstill rum with a real navy style.
Mezan XO Rum
90 points
Pale golden straw color. Lively, attractive, spicy aromas of grilled banana, roasted nuts and coconuts, rubber sap, and copper with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length minerals, delicate spice, and cream finish. A flavorful and attractive potstill gold rum that will add a lot of dimension to cocktails.
Coruba Dark Rum
90 points
$25.99
Bronze color. Lively, earthy, funky aromas of rubber sap, fresh molasses, lacquered wood, and copper with a satiny, soft, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, medium-long chocolate licorice, plantain, Coleman’s fuel, and minerals finish. A very dry and serious dark rum with a heart of molasses.
90 points $25.99
Cayman Reef Spiced Rum
90 points
$29.99
Clear golden amber color. Delicate, candied aromas of vanilla cola and caramel-banana taffy with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, medium-length tropical citrus fruit punch and baking spices finish. A well balanced and tasty spiced rum that will mix great.
90 points $29.99
John Watling’s Amber Rum
90 points
$35
Brilliant gold color. Rich, creamy, roasted aromas of nuts, baked banana, delicate spice, and copper with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-long plantain, meringue, and delicate fuel-like minerals finish. A nicely layered rum with lots of potstill and fresh cane juice character.
Captain Morgan White Rum
89 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Muted, creamy, minerally aromas of coconut candy, plantain, cellophane candies, and saline with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length cherries in cream, powdered sugar, baking spices, and minerals finish. A pleasantly fruity, lighter styled white rum that will mix well.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
Very Old Captain Artisan Crafted Dark Rum
89 points
$20
Best Buy
Gold color. Bright, interesting, meaty aromas of bbq pork, Worcestershire sauce, and melted toffee with a glycerous, bright, fruity sweet medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length buttercream, sassafras, powdered sugar, and ground almonds finish. A fun, flavorful rum to mix with.
89 points $20 Best Buy
WRAY & NEPHEW White Overproof Rum
89 points
$22.99
Opaque clear color. Delicate, vegetal, earthy aromas of whole plantain, dried rubber cement, nougat, and aloe with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length banana peel, toasted coconut cream, and fuel-like minerals finish. A powerful overproof rum with a lot to offer.
89 points $22.99
Malteco 10 Years Anejo Suave
89 points
$24.99
Medium golden amber color. Delicate, attractive, confected aromas of banana taffy, fresh meringue, marzipan, and rubber with a glycerous, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, intriguing, breezy banana sundae, pencil shavings, peppery spices, and chalk finish. A nice fruity, aged rum that will make a pleasant sipper.
89 points $24.99
Wicked Dolphin Florida Spiced Rum
89 points
$26.99
Gold color. Rich, attractive, spicy aromas of gingerbread cookie, fruitcake, nutmeg, and cinnamon with a glycerous, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, carefree toasted nuts, delicate peppery spices, and sarsaparilla finish. A rock solid spiced rum.
89 points $26.99
Avalon Silver Rum
89 points
$29.99
Clear color. Bright, funky, earthy aromas of overripe pineapple husk, papaya, tree bark, and rubber fuel with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-long cane stalk, hot pepper, butterscotch pudding, and minerals finish. A very dry, earthy and feisty white rum.
89 points $29.99
Stroh "160" Rum
88 points
Brilliant dark amber color. Hot, creamy confected aromas of caramel cream candies and vanilla maple fudge with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long spumoni ice cream, whipped cream, caramel nougat, and Coleman’s fuel finish. A fun bit of overproof confection that will make interesting cocktails.
Cruzan Aged Light Rum
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Bright clear color. Muted, attractive aromas of coffee and white chocolate with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy banana cream pie, pepper, and minerals finish. A solid mixing rum.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature Spiced Rum
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Clear amber color. Delicate, creamy aromas of egg nog and almond cookie with a soft, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length warm milk, horchata, and peppery spices finish. A fun, creamy spicy rum for clever cocktails.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Dry County Distillery "Joe" Rum
88 points
$22.50
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Bold, inviting aromas of dark roasted coffee bean, molasses, and smoked nuts with a soft, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length pepper, vanilla cream, and burnt nuts and toast finish. A rather dry and dark coffee flavored rum with nice balance.
88 points $22.50
Cayman Reef White Rum
88 points
$29.99
Clear color. Delicate, attractive aromas of toasted coconut, nougat, and clay with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, swift whipped cream, spumoni gelato, pepper, and minerals and stalk finish. A lively yet understated dry rum that will mix well.
88 points $29.99
Great Northern Distilling Opportunity Rum
88 points
$30
Pale golden yellow color. Lively, toasty aromas of roasted coconut and white chocolate nougat bar with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, cheery banana custard, minerals, spiced nuts, and oak finish. A rock solid gold rum with a lot to offer.
Prichard’s Fine Rum
88 points
$37.99
Bright gold color. Delicate, attractive, toasty aromas of buttery praline, spumoni ice cream, and coconut macaroon with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, subtle, medium-long roasted nuts, brown spices, creme brulee, and sassafras finish. A delicious and layered dark rum with lots of flavor and style.
88 points $37.99
John Watling’s Buena Vista Rum
88 points
$59
Medium amber color. Bright, toasty aromas of roasted nuts, coconut cream and husk, and dried mango with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length oak, leather, nutshells, and pepper finish. A solid, well aged rum.
Tremols Ron Anejo Reserva Unica Rum
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Clear copper color. Delicate, savory, interesting smoky aromas of rosemary, olives, Romano cheese rind, and caramelized almonds with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long polished wood, toffee, smoked dried ham, and cola creme brulee finish. A very unique and culinary Spanish style rum that will be fun to pair with; try with tapas.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Prichard’s Crystal Rum
86 points
$24.99
Bright clear color. Bright, confected aromas of pistachio gelato and cream soda with a supple, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, breezy coconut cream, Coleman’s fuel, and pepper finish. An interesting, slightly fiery punch rum.
86 points $24.99
Cayman Reef Double Black Rum
86 points
$29.99
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Bright, attractive, sweet aromas of chocolate nougat bar, egg nog, and dried fruits with a velvety, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length mocha cream, spumoni gelato, toffee, and ginger root finish. A fun, flavorful, liqueur-like, very dark rum.
86 points $29.99
FAIR Rum
86 points
$40
Rum
Medium color. Bright, toasty aromas of banana cake with sour cream frosting, nut brittle, leather and oak chair, and bbq rub and chips with a velvety, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length nut skins and shells, pepper dust, meringue, and canned fruit finish. A pleasant, woody dark rum.
Black Bell Spiced Black Rum
85 points
$13.99
Dark brown color. Lively, toasty aromas of dark raisin toast, butter roasted nuts, and dark chocolate cherries with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, appealing, medium-length watermelon gelato and peppery spices finish. An intriguing roasted fruity, overproof flavored rum for adventurous cocktails.
85 points $13.99
Captain Morgan Grapefruit Rum
85 points
$15.99
Opaque clear color. Bright, fruity aromas of passionfruit, grapefruit, and guava with a lightly tannic, vibrant, cloying light-to-medium body and a tingling, charming, brisk orange powder drink and cranberry sorbet finish. Nice citrusy tropical nose and flavor for mixing.
85 points $15.99
Beenleigh Copper Pot Rum
85 points
$50
Bright gold color. Delicate, minerally, curious aromas of mocha, rubber inner tube, grilled banana, and umami dried mushrooms and chestnuts with a satiny, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, breezy roasted almond milk, straw, pepper, and minerals finish. An interesting combination of mellow creamy cane and nuanced potstill notes.
Captain Morgan Pineapple Rum
84 points
$15.99
Clear color. Fruity aromas of pineapple slices with a supple, vibrant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, easy pineapple-melon sorbet, whipped cream, and pepper finish. Nice vibrant pineapple flavor for mixing.
84 points $15.99
Prichard’s Cranberry Rum
84 points
$24.99
Bright color. Mild, fruity aromas of cranberry sauce with a glycerous, tart, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, swift cranberry drink and sorbet, hibiscus, and honey finish. Convincing cranberry flavor for mixing.
84 points $24.99
Prichard’s Key Lime Rum
84 points
$24.99
Bright clear color. Lively, attractive, confected aromas of lemon cream pie and key lime pie with a silky, bright, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy lemon pepper, lemon gelato, and simple syrup finish. A solid lemon-lime rum for mixing.
84 points $24.99
Rogue Spirits Dark Rum
84 points
$35.15
Dusty golden yellow color. Mild, odd, tropical aromas of candied citrus, caramel, and lemongrass with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, fast pepper and chalk finish. A nice straightforward gold rum that will mix well.
84 points $35.15
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