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Rum Review: Santiago de Cuba Ron Carta Blanca

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 15, 2010

 

Pictured to the left is a bottle of Santiago de Cuba Ron Carta Blanca, an authentic Cuban rum which was provided for me to sample by a good friend, who just returned from the Caribbean. He asked me to take the bottle home with me,  try as much as I needed to and place the review on my Blog.   (Some of my friends think it is really cool to see the rums they love reviewed on my blog. whereas, I think it is really cool to have friends who think like that.)

I have very little information on the rum, other than what I can decipher from the label and the smattering of information on the internet where it is sold by some internet dealers as a standard Cuban white rum.

Here is an excerpt from the review:

“…The caramel flavour of the rum is soft, and I also taste light minty candy flavours. Flashes of vanilla present themselves, but I catch no nutty flavours at all. Some Banana peel and citrus elements appear, but they are mellowed rather than too sharp….”
You may read the full review here

Rum Review: Santiago de Cuba Ron Carta Blanca

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Rum Review: Downslope Distilling White Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 1, 2010

Photo courtesy of Downslope Distilling

DownSlope Distilling, Inc. of Centennial, Colorado was incorporated in May of 2008 and began production about a year later after they received their Federal Basic Permit to produce distilled spirits.  Their sugar cane vodka and  white rum hit the market in August of 2009.

Pictured to the right is the Double Diamond Pot Still which is used to produce  Downslope Distilling’s White Rum.   The still was made by Copper Moonshine Stills in Arkansas, by Colonel Vaughn Wilson.

The white rum produced at DownSlope is made from dried Maui cane juice rather than molasses.  The cane juice is fermented in 300 gallon tanks and distilled twice in 220 gallon batches. Production from cane juice results in a drier, less sweet rum than would be produced from molasses.  After two runs through the still, the distillate is filtered through an instrument called the Lichtenstein.  This is a device designed by Master Distiller Mitch Abate who is responsible for the entire distillation, filtering, and cellaring process.

Here is an excerpt from the review:

“…The cachaca style continues into the mouth as the rum carries light caramel and no apparent oakiness.  I taste banana peel and orange zest.  Sipping it straight is not really preferred.  This is not meant to be a criticism, rather it is a straight forward assessment as very few white rums are meant to be enjoyed neat.

In tasting this rum over several days I discovered that it mixes quite well in most traditional rum drinks…”

You may read the full review here:

Rum Review: Downslope Distilling White Rum

I have included a cocktail recipe for your enjoyment.

Cheers!

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Rum Review: Ron Matusalem Platino

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 14, 2009

On October 21, 2009 I first began to taste the Ron Matusalem Platino Rum  I found the rum to be shy and subdued with a mild pleasant, but extremely laid back flavour.  I have visited this bottle several times since then and have now completed my full review.

Ron Matusalem PlatinoThe Ron Matusalem company has a fascinating history dating back to 1872, when the brand was established by Benjamin and Eduardo Camp and Evaristo Alvarez.  A marriage between Evaristo Álvarez daughter, and the son of Eduardo Camp, at the turn of the next century begat a family tradition of the original founders that has through five generations controlled the company.   The family fled Cuba in the 1960s and reestablish the company on U.S. soil in the state of Florida.  The reestablished company produces their Cuban style rum which is now blended in the Dominican Republic.

You can check out the Ron Matusalem history here.

You can check out my full review of Ron Matusalem Platino here:

Review: Ron Matusalem Platino

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Rum Review: Highwood Imported White Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 14, 2009

Highwood Distillers are from my home province in Alberta Canada. Obviously with no locally grown sugar cane in my province, this rum must be imported. A quick check of the bottle only indicates that the rum originates from a blend of fine rums from the Caribbean. A description which does not really tell me much as to my knowledge all imported rum in Canada originate in the Caribbean.

High WoodWhen I talked to a Highwood representative, at the recent Rocky Mountain Food and Wine Festival in Edmonton, I mentioned that the their White Rum tasted  like it was from Guyana to me.  He confirmed that the blend was indeed predominantly a demerara blend. I forgot to ask him whether this was always the case with Highwood rums, a question I must remember the next time we speak.

Now this is a local brand, only available in western Canada, but I decided that reviewing a local product would not be a bad idea.  So without further introduction, let me present Highwood Imported White Rum:

Review: Highwood Imported White Rum

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