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
211056
Denizen
Merchant's Reserve 8 Year Old Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211020
Ron Zacapa
Rum XO
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210866
Ron Zacapa
Rum "23"
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211232
Inner Circle
Green Dot Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211104
Malecon
Selección Esplendida 1985
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210952
The Real McCoy
12 Year Aged Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210795
Phraya
Deep Matured Gold Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210912
Rum Haven
Coconut Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211105
Malecon
10 Year Old Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211456
Puerto Angel
Organic Blanco Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210923
Marauda
Steel Pan Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211231
Beenleigh
5 Year Old Double Barrel Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210843
Havana Club
Añejo 15 Años Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211087
Cruzan
Aged Dark Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210951
The Real McCoy
5 Year Aged Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211088
Cruzan
Single Barrel Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211457
Puerto Angel
Organic Amber Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210945
Charboneau Distillery
White Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210755
Tremols
Ron Blanco Reserva Unica Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210875
Dry County Distillery
Hot Spiced Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211075
Blackwell
Fine Jamaican Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210918
Prichard’s
Private Stock Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210851
Mezan
XO Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210166
Coruba
Dark Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210688
Cayman Reef
Spiced Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211313
John Watling’s
Amber Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210850
Captain Morgan
White Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210920
Very Old Captain
Artisan Crafted Dark Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210167
WRAY & NEPHEW
White Overproof Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211103
Malteco
10 Years Anejo Suave
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210888
Wicked Dolphin
Florida Spiced Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210398
Avalon
Silver Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210852
Stroh
"160" Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211086
Cruzan
Aged Light Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211019
Kirkland Signature
Spiced Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210876
Dry County Distillery
"Joe" Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210689
Cayman Reef
White Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210950
Great Northern Distilling
Opportunity Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210914
Prichard’s
Fine Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211314
John Watling’s
Buena Vista Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210754
Tremols
Ron Anejo Reserva Unica Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210915
Prichard’s
Crystal Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210687
Cayman Reef
Double Black Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210967
FAIR
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211018
Black Bell
Spiced Black Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210848
Captain Morgan
Grapefruit Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211230
Beenleigh
Copper Pot Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210849
Captain Morgan
Pineapple Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210916
Prichard’s
Cranberry Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210917
Prichard’s
Key Lime Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210801
Rogue Spirits
Dark Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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