BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday July 19, 2016 – The origin of the word “rum” is uncertain. Some say it’s derived from rumbullion said to mean “mutinous or insurrectionary”. Some say it’s named after the oversized drinking glasses used by the crusaders of the time.
What is for certain is that rum is no longer the hot, hellish spirit it was once cast as. But it’s on every connoisseur’s bucket list of spirits to conquer. And some Caribbean rums should be high on that list.
1. MOUNT GAY – Black Barrel
Produced on the island where rum was first made, Barbados’ Mount Gay Rum has a heritage that dates back to the early 1700s. Skillfully crafted from ripe sugar cane and pure coral filtered water, for which the island is known, Mount Gay is an intimate expression of Barbadiana. The latest small batch artisanal blend, Black Barrel, is finished in heavily charred oak barrels which previously held Bourbon; ergo the name. This rum’s glowing copper-gold appearance is the first hint to its rich complexity and smooth, warm sensation going down. It’s a Bajan Beauty well worth the experience.
2. EL DORADO – 15 year old
Made on the East Bank of the Demerara River in Guyana, this rum is uniquely stilled in a wooden Coffey still and wooden pot stills that impart its distinctive flavour. El Dorado is aged in small oak barrels for a minimum of 15 years and has won a multitude of deserving awards including winning the International Wine & Spirits Awards “Best Rum” four times in a row! Exquisitely rounded with an array of flavours to caress the palate, elements of smoke and oaky spice haunt this spirit in an enchanting way. Surely one of the best rums ever made.
3. APPLETON ESTATE – Rare Blend
A premium selection of aged and blended rum, Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum is made by the oldest distillery on the island. Produced in very unique copper pot stills, Appleton Rum is sold in over 60 countries, making it one of the world’s most recognized rum brands. The Appleton Estate Rare Blend is the crown jewel in the range. It is an outstanding blend of 12-year-old rums. Together they manifest into a full bodied rum with dashes of apricots and twists of vanilla and molasses. Insanely good on the rocks!