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Rum Review: Cockspur 12 Bajan Crafted Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 2, 2010

The origins of rum on Barbados stretch all the way back to 1637, when the first stalks of sugar cane were brought to the island by Pieter Blower from Brazil. Almost immediately sugar plantations and factories sprang up to produce sugar and molasses. The molasses, which is the byproduct of sugar production, was being distilled, and the resulting distillate was sold in bulk as early as 1650. This product first called  ‘kill devil’ was sold to taverns and ships, and by 1650 over 200 thousand gallons were being sold.  The word ‘rum’ is believed to have originated in Barbados as a shortened form of the name  ‘rum bullion’  which appeared in 1651 as a listing of a ships manifest by an unknown visitor to Barbados. This is why Barbados is generally accepted as the possible birthplace of rum.  Today rum remains one of the largest exports for the Barbados economy.

Cockspur Rum, was founded over one hundred years ago in 1884.  The rum company has a rich history and their rum is widely regarded as  amongst the very best in the world.  A friend of mine found and purchased a bottle of the Cockspur 12 rum about six months ago.  He offered to give me a large enough portion so that I could review the rum for my blog, and I gladly accepted his kindness.  I am truly blessed to have such friends as I do.  Here is an excerpt from my review:

Several flavours jumped out at me on first tasting.  Toasted vanilla and charred molasses grabbed my taste buds first, and then I was subdued by a lurking tobacco richness that swelled up and filled my mouth. …

You may read the full review here:

Review: Cockspur 12 Bajan Crafted Rum

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