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Posts Tagged ‘Nicaraguan Rum’

Top 10 White Rums Countdown # 4 – Flor de Caña Extra Dry 4 Year Old Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 2, 2013

op10RUM 550Flor 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.

FDC Extra DryIf you check the Flor de Caña website, they make it clear that the FDC Extra Dry 4 Year Old Rum is not meant for sipping. It is a mixing rum meant for premium cocktails and bar drinks. My judging panel agrees, and the tastiness of those cocktails and bar drinks has resulted in the white rum being named the fourth best in my 2013 White Rum countdown!

You many read a full review here:

#4 White Rum – Flor de Caña Extra Dry 4 Year Old Rum

“… There is a lot of character in that initial first taste, but silky smooth, and suave are not descriptors I would use to describe the rum. Instead I would call the rum organic, and slightly pungent. It carries a lightly harsh sting or spiciness which swats at the palate. Notice though, that the first term I used to describe the rum was character. In fact my first sip of the rum reveals far more character than I usually find in white rum …”

The character I perceive within the FDC Extra Dry is I believe, what makes this rum such a great cocktail rum. It makes an outstanding Daiquiri, and a fantastic Cuba Libre‘. As well, the standard Mojito made with FDC Extra Dry is a treat to sip on even during my Canadian winter!

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Note; You may follow my Countdown list of the 10 best white rums here:   The Rum Howler 2013 – Top 10 White Rums

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Review: Flor De Cana Centenario 21

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 15, 2013

SAM_0959 fdc 21The Flor De Cana Centenario 21 Commemorative Edition was produced as a special edition bottling near the turn of the century. The number 21 refers not to the age of the blend (which is 15 years), rather it is a nod to the 21st Century and the prestige which the Flor de Cana Rum Company had began to earn as a world-class producer of rum. When the rum was introduced at the turn of the century it created quite a splash winning accolades not only for the rum inside the bottle, but also for the stunning porcelain decanter which it was sold in. The rum is no longer widely available, and full sealed bottles have become collectors items in the rum world with pricing that ranges from $90.00 to $150.00 per bottle depending upon your locale. (My bottles cost $72.00 each when I purchased them in 2009.)

I recently decided it was time to open one of my bottles to see how a rum that knocked everyone’s socks off ten years ago rated today in the midst of the current explosion of premium rum brands.

You may click on the following excerpt to read the full review:

Review: Flor De Cana Centenario 21

“… The initial nose brings forward a dominant triumvirate of oak sap, semisweet butterscotch, and spicy tobacco aromas. It is really quite nice especially how neither the sweetness of the butterscotch, nor the sharpness of the oak sap, nor the spiciness of the tobacco takes control of the breezes above the glass …”

Please enjoy my review of this spectacular rum!

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Review: Fortuna (Ron Reserva Exclusiva)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 15, 2013

SAM_0594 Ron Fortuna ExclusivaRon Fortuna Exclusiva is a new rum produced in Nicaragua which is being imported into North America by Berniko, LLC, a family owned and operated import company based in Florida. According to the Ron Fortuna website, the rum is produced upon a five column still from locally grown sugar cane. This is a true 8 Year Old Rum with the youngest spirit in the blend matured for at least 8 years in American Oak (in warehouses which share the same environment as the cane fields from which the rum was distilled).

The name for the rum apparently has its roots in Roman Mythology and the goddess Fortuna who is the Goddess of Luck and Fate. The fortune brought by this Goddess is apparently closely tied to a person’s strength of character, and as a result may be either good or bad. Hopefully my strength of character is sufficient that my sampling sessions are blessed with good fortune.

Here is an excerpt from my review:

“… The initial aroma rising from the glass is a pleasing mixture of butterscotch, tobacco, light oak and baking spices. I was expecting more of an oak presence based upon eight years of aging in the tropics, but whomever crafted the rum has done a good job meshing the oak into the rum harmoniously… “

Here is a link to the Full Review:

Review: Fortuna (Ron Reserva Exclusiva)

Please enjoy the review and the Lemon Muddled Cuba Libre’ Cocktail which follows!

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Top 30 Rums Countdown # 23 – Flor de Caña Centenario 12 Year Old

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 1, 2012

Top 30Flor 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 still 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.

# 23 – Flor de Caña Centenario 12 Year Old

“… In those breezes are lovely scents of walnut shells and pecans, sticky sweet caramel and honey, rich baking spices (especially cinnamon, cloves, allspice and vanilla), and a nice firm but mellow oakiness which is quite lovely. I receive a distinct impression of richness with nice accents of chocolate caramel, light dabs of cola and a moderately spicy tobacco which drifts upwards to add character to the overall aroma…”

I love this rum, and when my friends and I were doing are tasting sessions, I was quite happy to learn that the loved it too. Our affection translated to position number 23 on my Best Rums of the World Countdown!

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Revisiting Flor de Caña Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 6, 2012

When I opened my website, my absolute favourite rums were the 7 and 12-year-old rums of Flor de Caña. And my initial scores for these two rums reflected that love affair. When I want to kick back and enjoy a nice drink, either one fits the bill nicely. However; I have noticed that my yearning for each of these rums has dimmed lately. Other sexy new rums have come across my palate, and I reach for the Flor de Caña less and less.

This Autumn, (as a treat for the Canadian Thanksgiving) my wonderful wife picked me up a new bottle of each knowing how I had raved about each of them in the past, and that night I opened the Seven Year Old and had a nice drink over ice. I noticed then (but I did not mention it to my wife) that the flavour wasn’t quite as I remembered it. I do not know if the rum has changed, or if after three years of reviewing rum, my perceptions and standards had changed. There was only (in my mind) one thing to do. I revisited each rum in my private tasting room (and with my friends on another day), and I rewrote my tasting notes and scores. From these I cobbled together two new reviews for my website.

I should point out before anyone gets concerned, that despite the changes I found, each rum still pleases me immensely. The Rums of Flor de Caña are still amongst my favourites. Here are the links to each of the new reviews:

Review: Flor de Caña Grand Reserve 7 Year

Review: Flor de Caña Centenario 12 YR Old Rum

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Review: Flor De Cana Centenario Gold 18 Year Old Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 6, 2012

I published my original review of the Flor De Cana Centenario Gold 18 Year Old Rum almost three years ago, and as part of that review I published what I feel is one of my very best cocktails, the El Padrino. (My friend forrest helped me with the cocktail.)  As I do sometimes, I recently re-visited the Flor de Cana 18 Year Old to see if my opinion had changed any over three years. The result was perhaps a more rounded review with a slight difference in the scoring, although my overall opinion did not really change.

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 still 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 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.

Here is an excerpt from the review;

“… The immediate nose is full of oak and baking spices, some zesty orange peel, vanilla, and dry fruit. The spicy oak makes the nose seem lightly harsh, and as the rum breathes, I begin to sense glimmers of toasted hazelnut and pecans wafting into the air. The oak builds bringing even more spice into the breezes above the glass… “

Here is a link to my re-visited review:

Review: Flor De Cana Centenario Gold 18 Year Old Rum

Please enjoy the review and the great cocktail provided.

Cheers!

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Review: Plantation Nicaragua (1998) Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on August 18, 2011

The Plantation Nicaragua (1998) Rum is a column distilled rum which has been aged in used bourbon casks. The rum was transported from Nicaragua to France, and then it was aged for a short time in used Cognac casks to enhance the rum before it was bottled as part of Cognac Ferrand’s growing line-up of Plantation Rum. Cognac Ferrand has long had a special relationship with a variety of Caribbean rum producers which is based upon the rum producer’s need for quality oak casks to age their rum. Based upon this relationship, Cognac Ferrand is able to acquire certain old and unique batches of rum from various Caribbean sources, which they bring back to France and finish in their own warehouses and of course their own Cognac Casks.

I was given eight sample bottles, each 200 ml in size, which represent a good portion of the Plantation Rum line-up. The Plantation Nicaragua is the fourth of these sample bottles which I have chosen to review here on my blog.

Here is an excerpt from my review:

“…As I let the glass decant, the honeyed molasses evolves into a more butterscotch-like aroma, and I also begin to sense which seems to be some wisps of leather and green tobacco in the aroma. A growing awareness of fruit has come over me as a light sweet grapiness is also apparent…”

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Plantation Nicaragua (1998) Rum

Please enjoy the review!

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Review Revisted: For de Cana Grand Reserve 7 yr old Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 17, 2010

I mentioned at the start of the new year that I would be revisiting some of my first reviews. When I opened this website I initially published 26 rum reviews that I had previously posted or published on other websites. Some of these reviews were rather amateurish and as I have grown as a reviewer it seemed to me to more fair to these spirits if I would revisit them, and do another series of tastings based upon the knowledge I have acquired to date. This is the first of these revisited reviews.

Flor de Cana Grand Reserve 7 yr old Rum

First a little background on the company responsible for this great rum:

For five generations beginning in 1890, the Pellas family has produced rum in Nicaragua.  The first distillery in was built in Chichigalpa at the San Antonio sugar mill.

The  Compania de Licorera de Nicaragua was created in 1937 as separate company within the Sugar Plantation to market and sell the rum abroad and the Flor de Cana brand was born. Today the company boasts some of the largest aged stocks of rum in the world, and with its unique “slow aged” process produces some of the finest rums in the world.

There are a few reasons why I believe For de Cana has to some degree separated themselves from the field in the production of rum.  The first is the source of sugar cane which is in the fields next to their plantation. Having a ready supply of cane for molasses, which they control, means not buying from third parties who may or may not be consistent in their standards of production.   The second is the small white oak barrels used for aging the premium rums.  Smaller barrels give the rum fuller contact with the wood during aging allowing the oak to more fully impart its flavour to the rum.  These barrels are additionally topped up to full each year with stocks of rum which are the same age as the rum already in the barrel, again ensuring more rum to wood contact.  The third reason is the honest age statements on their bottles of rum.  Flor de Cana clearly label their bottles with an age statement which recognizes the youngest rum in the blend, not the oldest. This practice flies in the face of competing brands who like to place an age statement on the bottle recognizing the oldest rum in the blend.

I should point out that the Compania de Licorera de Nicaragua is also a leader in producing their products in a most efficient and environmentally friendly manner.  Carbon dioxide emissions from the production of rum are captured and used in the production of carbonized beverages; the plantation utilizes an extensive recycling program for cardboard, metal, glass and paper; and the plant produces electricity for other industrial uses in their processing of the sugar cane.

As for the rum itself,  here is my revised review:

Review: Flor de Caña Grand Reserve 7yr Old

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Note:  The research for this article utilized three major sources:

1) The Flor De Cana Website

2) The Paramous Post, Flor de Cana Rum of Nicaragua , written by Mel Fabricant, Feb 25 2009.

3) Wikipedia, Flor de Cana

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Rum Review: Flor de Cana Centenario Gold 18

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 18, 2009

Sometimes it is really good to have friends!  In this case my friend is a chap named forrest who has a really nice blog of his own called “a drink with forrest“.  You see forrest and I talk a bit together on the Ministry of Rum Website.  We email a bit and chat a bit and to be honest I learn a lot more from him than he learns from me.  I’m pretty good at giving an honest review on a product, and have a some skill in writing it up, but when it comes to cocktails and such, sometimes I need a little help.  This is where forrest comes in.  I asked him  for on opinion of a cocktail I was building for the Flor de Cana 18.  Well, forrest tweaked it, and the El Padrino was born.  I have been enjoying them regularly ever since.   So I suggested to forrest that we should kind of do a write up on FDC18 and the cocktail at the same time.  Him on his site and me on mine.  He agreed and we now have the first of what I hope will be many joint ventures.  To read my review of Flor de Cana 18 just click the following link:

Review: Flor de Cana Centenario Gold 18 Year Old Rum

At the end of the review is the cocktail crafted by forrest and myself as well as a link to forrest’s write up on the same rum with his explanation of the cocktail.

I hope everyone enjoys the joint venture.

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