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For Father’s Day – Great Rum on a Budget

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 12, 2012

Yesterday I posted a great list of budget-priced Canadian Whiskies suitable for Father’s Day. Today, I am posting a similar list, for those who would prefer rum over whisky. Again, the list is qualified as being only those rums which can be found for under $30.00 in my locale, and those which I personally would love to receive as a Father’s Day Gift.

And so in no particular order, I give you my list of 12 great budget priced rums suitable for Father’s Day. Beside each rum is the approximate price here in Edmonton.
(You may click each selection to read my reviews of each particular rum if you wish.)

Screech (Famous Newfoundland Screech Rum)    ($22.99)

Appleton Estate Reserve    ($29.95)

El Dorado 5 Yr Cask Aged Rum     ($29.95)

Lemon Hart 151 Demerara Rum   ($24.95)

Flor de Caña Grand Reserve 7 Year Old    ($29.95)

Bermudez Ron Viejo Blanco   ($24.95)

Mount Gay Eclipse (Gold)     ($24.95)

Diplomático Añejo    ($27.99)

Amrut Old Port Deluxe    ($24.95)

Angostura Royal Oak     ($22.95)

3 Barrel Aged Rum (Travellers)     ($29.95)

El Dorado 3 Year Cask Aged Demerara Rum    ($28.95)

Happy shopping!

Cheers and Happy Father’s Day!


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Review: El Dorado Deluxe Silver 6 Year Aged Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 4, 2012

One of my very favourite of the white rums is the El Dorado 3yr Cask Aged Rum. In fact that particular rum is the highest scoring white rum on my website, and the only of these white rums (so far) which I have scored in the 90s. So it was with some excitement that I learned that Woodman Wine and Spirits was sending me a bottle of the even more premium El Dorado Deluxe Silver 6 Year Aged Rum for me to review here on my website.

This rum is meant not just to compete with the new strain of super premium white rums that have entered the market recently, it is meant to compete head to head with the super premium luxury vodkas which have garnered a good chunk of the market share in the distilled spirits category. According to the El Dorado Website, the Deluxe Silver Rum is blended from selected light to medium bodied aged rums which have been produced on Demerara Distillers’ 200-year-old wooden Coffey still (the last of its kind operating in the world today) and the company’s famous French Savalle still. The result is a fully aged, double-filtered, 6 Year Old White Rum.

Here is an excerpt from my review:

“… The initial scents rising into the breezes above the glass carried a lightly candied sweetness with very mild minty undertones. I also noticed some more complex aromas which included banana and orange peel as well as some lemon and lime citrus zest which give the rum a freshness that I quite enjoy. As well a light butterscotch accent builds up slowly over time as the glass sits…. “

You may read the full review here:

Review: El Dorado Deluxe Silver 6 Year Aged Rum

I have included a couple of nice cocktails for this rum, including a new recipe I call the Silver Celebration.

Please enjoy the review and the cocktail recipes!

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Review: Flor de Caña Extra Dry 4 Year Old Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 19, 2012

Flor de Caña has a history of rum production which is dated to 1890 at the San Antonio Sugar Mill, in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua. The company was founded by Francisco Alfredo Pellas and today, over 120 years later, the company is led headed by the fifth generation of the Pellas family. It has grown to be not only one of Central America’s leading brands of rum, it is also one of the most recognized rum brands in the world.

According to the company website all of the Flor de Caña rum is produced with molasses from sugar cane harvested in fields adjacent to the distillery in Chichigalpa. It is distilled five times in a continuous column still process, and then laid down to age in small American white oak barrels in traditional aging warehouses built without air conditioning in an undisturbed environment.

The subject of this review, the Flor de Caña Extra Dry 4 Year Old Rum is a clear aged rum meant for premium cocktails and mixed drinks. I was given a bottle for review by the local distributor, The Kirkwood Group.

Here is an excerpt from my review:

“… The initial scents rising into the breezes above the glass reminded me of a very light caramel molasses. I gave the glass a bit of a swirl, and this brought up a rush of astringency into the air, but once this initial astringency passed, I noticed some very nice complex aromas which included banana peel and butterscotch were left behind… “

You may read the full review here:

Review: Flor de Caña Extra Dry 4 Year Old Rum

I have included a couple of nice cocktails recipes with the review, the Lemon Muddled Cuba Libra, and Red Sky at Night.

Please enjoy the review and the two cocktails provided!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 14, 2012

Here is a recipe to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Raspberry Passion Cocktail

2 oz White Rum
1 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz Grapefruit Juice
3/4 oz Cranberry Juice
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1 barspoon Raspberry Syrup (sweeten to taste)
ice

Place the Rum, the Cointreau, the Fruit Juice, and the Raspberry Syrup into a metal shaker
Shake until the outside of the shaker frosts
Strain into another glass filled with ice

Garnish with a Lime slice or Frozen Raspberry and Enjoy!

Have a Great Valentines Day Everyone!

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Review: Traveller’s White Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 22, 2011

Traveller’s White Rum is another product of Traveller’s Liquors Limited. This is the second White Rum in their portfolio and is designed to be a full-bodied white rum suitable for bringing robust character into the cocktail experience.

I was given a bottle of Traveller’s White Rum by Blake Christensson of Traveller’s Liquor Canada for the purpose of this review:

“…The Traveller’s White Rum has a clean mouth-feel with a light softness in the mouth. The caramel/butterscotch flavour of the rum is mild, and to be honest the first sip of rum continues to give me a tequila-like impression. (Don’t worry rum drinkers, there is none of that hot pepper that tequila is famous for.) The flavour impression I do receive on the palate is lightly earthy and somewhat grassy, with the rum carrying very light dollops of citrus flavour and lime zest…”

You may read the full review here:

Review: Traveller’s White Rum

I have included a couple of nice cocktails with the review including the Rum and Tonic, and the Mojito.

Please enjoy my review and the included cocktails, cheers!

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Review: Cristal Parrot Lite Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 20, 2011

Cristal Parrot Lite Rum is a product of Belize, the northern-most mainland country of Central America. A former British Colony, Belize lies just south of Mexico with the Caribbean Sea to the east and Guatemala to the west and south. Traveller’s Liquors Limited has been involved in the production of rum in Belize since the early 1960s originally working with independent distillers. In 1989 Travellers acquired full control of their own distillery and has remained in full control of their own brands ever since.

Here is an excerpt from my review:

“… The aroma from the glass carries a soft rummy caramel accented by cotton candy and perhaps a hint of mint. It is lightly vegetal indicating to me that very little if any aging has occurred. If you give the glass a little time to decant, the aroma turns slightly grassy and the caramel notes build up slightly.  Things are pleasant …”

You may read the full review here:

Review: Cristal Parrot Lite Rum

Included in the review are a couple of nice cocktails including my own, Red Sky Morning.

Please enjoy the review and the suggested cocktails!

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Review: Proof Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 24, 2011

Proof Rum is a relatively new brand of Rum produced by Proof Brands. The company currently produces whisky, rum and vodka all of which are bottled at 42 % ABV in unique stubby 500 ml bottles. The brand and the spirits are the creation of Michael Riley, a ten-year veteran of the alcohol beverage industry. Michael spent 5 years as the Director of Spirits for the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario). He has also has worked with such brands as Crown Royal, Absolut, Captain Morgan, Chivas Regal and Molson Canadian. Proof Rum was recently awarded a silver medal at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

As part of the review process, I emailed Michael Riley to learn a little about his rum. What I learned is that the backbone of his spirit is a Guyanese aged rum which has spent 1.5-2 years aging in oak barrels (the time in oak varies with climate conditions), before being shipped to Canada. In order to achieve a consistent taste profile the rum is blended with small quantities of other rums which have been aged in Canada. The country of origin of these “Canadian Rums’  may vary depending upon what the blender requires to keep the taste profile consistent. The final blend is charcoal filtered to produce the clear spirit called, Proof Rum. I was recently given a bottle of this Proof Rum by the local distributor of Proof Brands, Diamond Estate Wines & Spirits for the purpose of a review here on my website.

Here is an excerpt from my review:

“… That lemony scent I noticed on the nose comes though in spades when I sip the Proof Rum. It accents the rummy caramel flavour, and I am quite liking what I taste as I am sipping. There is just a little floral character as well which reminds me of balsam or perhaps more of lilacs, and there is a little hot peppery madness going on as well which bodes very well for cocktails…”

You may read the full review here:

Review: Proof Rum

As well I have provided a nice recipe I call the Iced Rum Cocktail.

Please enjoy the review!

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Review: Bacardi Superior White Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 10, 2011

In 1862, Facundo Bacardi and his brother José bought the Santiago de Cuba Distillery and began to distill what would become the most popular commercial rum in the world. Using a method of charcoal filtering, and oak barrel aging  along with a still of copper and cast iron, Facundo Bacardi created a smoother more refined version of the locally made rum. His smoother version of the spirit became local favourite, and over time, an international sensation.

Bacardi Superior White Rum is a direct descendant of the original rum which Facundo Bacardi produced back in 1862. Although production methods have undoubtedly changed since then, the Bacardi White Rum is still produced using a method of oak barrel aging (for one to two years) and charcoal filtration.

Here is an excerpt from my review:

“…I began by sipping the Bacardi Superior White Rum neat in my glass without ice. The initial impression was of a dryish rum which was perhaps a little rougher on the palate than I was hoping for. I taste a firm presence of almond and a softer presence of caramel and vanilla…”

You may read the full review here:

Review: Bacardi Superior White Rum

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Rum Review: Newfoundlander’s White Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 6, 2011

It started well over one hundred years ago when fishing fleets from Newfoundland, with their cargo of Northern Cod and North Atlantic Tuna, traveled south and established a tradition of trade for the Caribbean Elixir, known as rum. This trade established Newfoundland as one of the major portals for the legal import (and of course a little illegal smuggling) of rum into Canada.

There have always been a good variety of rum brands on the shelves of my local liquor store which began their journey westward across Canada from the easternmost Province of Newfoundland. These rums are imported from the Caribbean in bulk, then bottled and branded in St. John’s Newfoundland, and as a result can trace their ancestry to those original fishing fleets that bartered Cod for Rum.

One of these brands, Newfoundlander’s Rum, made a splash about a year ago with a new style and presentation that rejected the pirated clichés of the rum marketing gurus and instead embraced the heritage of Newfoundland’s rocky shores and its naval tradition. Stunning artwork from Canadian artist David Blackwood adorned the labels in narrative designs that told a story of the  proud Newfoundland people who live their lives near and on the sea. It is a life bound by tragedy and hope as the residents of Newfoundland are blessed by the ocean’s bounty; yet they are always at its mercy.

I was given a bottle of Newfoundlander’s White Rum this Christmas as a gift from a good friend, and I decided that I should share my impressions of this rum here on my blog.

Here is an excerpt from my review:

“…The light caramel flavour of the rum is firm, and I taste no bitter off-notes. There is a tinge of alcohol bite which tastes slightly sharp, but I also taste the light candy flavours I noticed in the nose and an every so soft progression of mint. Vanilla notes are present,  as is a light almond flavour…”

You may read the full review here:

Rum Review: Newfoundlander’s White Rum

As well I have included a few cocktails which work well with the Newfoundlander’s White Rum including The Pink Rocket and  The Gentle Hammock.

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An El Dorado Evening

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 5, 2011

El Dorado Rums are world-famous for their terrific flavour and complexity.  Recently the company has released a Connoisseur’s Range of rums which highlight particular aspects of their distilling and blending practices. These Connoisseur Rums each bring a unique aspect of the El Dorado rum flavour profile to the consumer which is derived from the particular still which has produced them.

Since I enjoy the El Dorado range of rums, I decided to construct a complex cocktail utilizing the different flavours and structures of El Dorado rum. I chose the 3 Yr Cask Aged Silver Rum, the 5 Yr Cask Aged Gold Rum, and one of the new aged Single Barrel Connoisseur Rums.

Depending upon which of these new Connoisseur Rums is chosen, the cocktail will carry different aspects of the El Dorado style into the cocktail.  For example the El Dorado Single Barrel PM carries many woody tones which will provide a strong oak flavour and a high level of complexity into the cocktail; the El Dorado Single Barrel Demerara ICBU Rum carries more sweetness and a fuller nutty flavour which will make a softer, smoother cocktail.  Each version of the cocktail is very good in its own way and choosing which version I prefer to drink really is dependent upon my mood at the time.

I chose the name An El Dorado Evening for the cocktail for obvious reasons. Please enjoy!

An El Dorado Evening

a cocktail by Arctic Wolf

2/3 oz El Doroda 3 Yr Cask Aged Rum
2/3 oz El Doroda 5 Yr Cask Aged Rum
2/3 oz El Dorado Single Barrel (choose one from the connoisseur’s range)
1 oz Triple Sec
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Amaretto
4 Large Ice Cubes
Glass half full of Crushed Ice
maraschino cherry
mint sprig
pineapple slice

Add the first five ingredients into a metal shaker with the large ice cubes
Shake until the metal shaker chills
Strain the mixture from the metal shaker over the crushed ice.

To garnish add the maraschino cherry and sprig of mint into the glass and the slice of pineapple on the rim. (Please use a real maraschino cherry, and bruise the mint before placing it in the glass.)

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