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Diplomatico Single Vintage Rum 2000

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Lovers of the excellent Diplomatico range of rums are in for a treat as a limited edition single vintage rum from 2000 has been released in the UK. The Single Vintage 2000 was launched at October’s Rumfest in London and went on general sale to the public early in November. What with a little thing called Christmas occurring between then and now, there is a good chance that you didn’t notice the release so we thought we would give you the low down on this delicious rum.

Firstly, you need to understand what made the sugar cane harvest in Venezuela so special in 2000. A number of factors contributed to rare climatic conditions for sugar cane growth that year such as particularly high temperatures during the day and much cooler nights than the norm. This was coupled with high humidity and lower than average rainfall which was surprising after an extremely wet year in 1999.  These contrasting weather conditions played an integral part in creating one of the best (and sweetest) sugar cane harvests in Venezuelan history.

It was from this harvest that a number of reserves were laid down to age at Destilerias Unidas. 13 years later, master distiller Tito Cordero chose from these reserves to create the outstanding Diplomatico Single Vintage 2000. Made from the exceptionally high-quality sugar cane honey from the bountiful harvest, the spirit was made in copper pot stills with a kettle batch system and aged in bourbon and single-malt whisky casks before being rested in Spanish sherry wood.

Tito said: “It’s a truly unique limited edition, a vintage that we are really proud of at Ron Diplomático, having let a specific harvest shine naturally and develop its own personality.”

This vintage has classic Diplomático notes of vanilla and milk chocolate caramels backed up by cinnamon spice and brown sugar sweetness on the nose. It develops through creamy chocolate truffles and salted almonds to dried apricot, raisins and earthy leather.

On the palate, it is led by notes of golden syrup and dried fruit, with vanilla ice cream and oaky flavours of cinnamon, green leaves and tree bark. Rum and raisin fudge as well as real raisins, apricots, dates and richly pungent honey round it out, producing a very easy-drinking rum.

The finish is long, lingering and warming, with cloves, leather, black liquorice sticks and polished oak joined by vanilla pod sweetness and rich earthiness.

Get your bottle of Diplomatico Single Vintage 2000 at Drinkfinderwe offer the lowest online price by £3.00!


Rum Good Enough To Cause A Mutiny!

Monday, October 21st, 2013

As you may or may not know, rum is getting big here in the UK – very big in fact. Rum was once only associated with salty sailors and plundering pirates, a tired cliche of a bygone era when the British Empire controlled vast swathes of the known world. Those days are long gone but the image of rum only being drank by sailors persisted (the British navy actually stopped giving sailors rations of rum in the late sixties). Recently, we have seen rum explode onto the scene and its popularity is showing no signs of waning. No longer do you have to have a constitution of iron to enjoy rum as a plethora of spiced and sweet sipping rums have now become the norm. If they are still too much for you, then there is a host of  rum based liqueurs available that leave no discernible burn at all.

So, you want to dip your toe into the raging waters of the world of rum – but where do you start? Rumfest UK is the premiere rum event here in the UK that occurs annually in London and boasts over 400 different rums for you to try. The events organisers explain it as being “The ultimate rum experience for rum drinkers, rum aficionados and rum lovers that have traveled to the tropics to sample the music, the food, the partying and people associated with drinking rum.” It stands to reason then that these guys know their rum pretty well! The Rumfest Boutique is the trade only part of the event where new rum makers have the opportunity to pitch their products to European and US markets; this is something that many of them would find very hard to do as a substantial number of the world’s great rums have limited marketing budgets or are based within the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. It is no  coincidence that the event is hosted around the time of London Cocktail week and many industry professionals that are already in the area attend the Rumfest Boutique.

So, which rum stole the show and is worthy of what could quite possibly be your first foray into the resurgent spirit? The winner of the Boutique Rum 2013 award was Virgin Gorda British Caribbean Rum from the Poshmakers, the company that you may be more familiar with for creating -ish London Dry Gin. Their vision for this rum was to encapsulate the spirit of adventure and the rums name links back to 1493 and Christopher Columbus’s discovery of The Virgin Islands, an area of extreme tropical beauty and pirate activity (damn those cliches!). This is how Poshmakers describe their product;

Virgin Gorda British Caribbean Rum

This is not going be a caption about sailors or pirates!

Virgin Gorda is a golden rum, blended from rums from the British Caribbean islands; Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica, produced by the distillation of fermented sugar cane, in pot-stills. After distillation, the rums go through a natural aging process in old, American Oak Bourbon barrels. Achieving an average age of 7 years, with 20% of 8 year old rum included in the blend.

What I really like about Virgin Gorda is its insistence to be as authentic as possible and use all natural ingredients. No unnatural additives or flavourings are added at all and this is quite a rarity in modern rum production. The result is a rum that exudes natural vanilla notes mixed with the enjoyable scent of creamy toffee. When sipped, this rum really comes to life in the mouth with an initial sweetness that turns to bourbon/vanilla notes that linger with a smooth and long finish. Being made from a blend of different Caribbean rums, this is the re-birth of rum in the birthplace of rum!

Here at Drinkfinder we have long been championing rum (even before its recent comeback) and are proud to stock this award winning product. What are you waiting for then? Grab your bottle here before the pirates get it all (sorry, couldn’t resist it!).


Ron Miel’s Big Brother

Friday, October 18th, 2013

To all the lovers of Ronmiel Cayo Grande Club Liqueur out there (there are a lot of you!) then you are in for an extra special treat! Would sir or madam care for a full strength version of their favourite tipple? Maybe something with the same great taste but with more bite and less sweetness?

Then welcome Ronmiel’s new star of the show – Ron Aguere Miel Vintage Honey Rum. The product of vintage sugar cane juices matured carefully over 14 years, the popular liqueurs bigger brother is a pleasing 37.5% ABV. It maintains the same honeyed taste but doesn’t leave such a sweet tang. What it loses in sweetness it makes up for with a warm, comforting bite that is extremely pleasant.

It’s time to make space on the podium for a new sipping rum with great pedigree. We have only got 55 bottles at the moment so get in there quickly to avoid disappointment!

 


Christmas Wine & Spirits Show 2011

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

We are holding a tasting of over 150 different wines, whisky, rums, liqueurs and other spirits.
A tasting not to be missed:

Thursday, November 3rd 6.30pm -9pm

The Falmouth Beach Hotel
Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall.

Tickets £10 per person*
Refundable when you place an order for £40 or more on the night.

Entrance by ticket only.

Tickets available on 01326340226


Origins of Rum

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Rum, rhum or ron is the product obtained by distilling the ferment of either sugar cane juice or molasses. It comes from many parts of the tropical and sub-tropical world including Central and South America, Australia, India, Mauritius, Hawaii and, of course, the Caribbean. It can be distilled either in a continuous still or a pot still and has no requirement to be aged in barrel. It can be any strength above 37.5 % abv with some as high as 80 % abv and can be white, light and elegant, dark, rich and pungent, or indeed any possible combination thereof.

Rum is made from sugar cane, either the raw juice Rhum Agricole or from molasses.

Rums from the English speaking Carribean.

Antigua (English Harbour), Barbados (Mount Gay, Doorlys), Bermuda (Goslings Black Seal), Cayman Islands, Grenada, St Lucia (Admiral Rodney, Chairmans reserve, , St Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago (10 cane, Angostura and Caroni) and the Virgin Islands (Cruzan), all produce light and golden rums, and some with great style and finesse. Labels often use proprietary terms for differing qualities and many use age statements, from three year old up through five, seven etc. In some instances terms such as XO are borrowed from the brandy world.

Jamaica( Appleton, Myers and Wray & Nephew) produces pungent high-ester rums, valuable for blending as well as for their own style and forthright flavours. Labels tend to indicate simply white and for the aged, special (gold), often a proprietary brand names and some age statements do actually refer to the minimum age of the blend.

Guyana (El Dorado, XM Rum) is a powerhouse of molasses production and produces a softer style of medium and heavily-bodied rums. The whites tend to be labelled very simply whilst the golden and dark rums generally utilise age statements which refer to the youngest parts of the blends. Many blended white and black rums are sourced from the countries above for bottling in the Caribbean orgin Europe, and these tend to be labelled with brand names and often carry no age statements or qualitative marks at all.

Rums from French Islands

Guadeloupe, Marie Galante (Pere Labatt) and Martinique (la Mauny, Bally, Clement and JM Rhum) produce both agricole and molasses based rums. The agricole have strict rules and follow a defined quality ladder : Blanc and Ambré followed by Vieux (minimum of three years), Hors d’Âge and age statements or vintages. The molasses-based rums are labelled with brand names and rarely carry any other quality statements, many of which are bottled in France.

Haiti (Barbancourt) has only one major producer ; the rums are produced and aged in a similar way to cognac and carry age statements which refer to the minimum age of the blend. Hispanic Caribbean, Central and South American Rums Cuba (Havana Club, Matusalem, Santiago de Cuba), Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala (Ron Zacapa), Mexico, Nicaragua (Flor de Cana) , Puerto Rico and Venezuela (Dilpomatico, Ron Pampero, Santa Teresa) produce light rums, predominantly white and gold and labelled with terms such as silver and blanca for the whites, and añejo, reserva, gran reserva and numerous age statements for the golden. Some are aged in solera systems and the stated age or number on the label can be a reference to the average age of the blend, or the youngest or oldest part of the blend or simply a special number that has been applied to a particular blend.

Brazil deserves a mention on its own. It produces a great deal of the world’s molasses and some traditional rums but cachaça is its main spirit. Many of these do not qualify as true rums as grain and sugar syrup are also used alongside the molasses.

Other Rums around the World

From Australia (Bundaberg) through the Philippines, India, South Africa and the Frenchspeaking islands in the Indian Ocean, many types of rum are produced with brand names providing the best indication of quality. The French tend to be the greatest respecters of the age statement ; the Indian rums tend to have colonial-sounding brands ; the Australians may differ mostly on alcoholic strength, whilst the Spanish-speaking producers will tend towards the reserva and añejo systems.

Rum has become an extremely popular drink, either by itself or mixed in many famous cocktails like Mojito, Cubra Libra, Zombie and Pina coloada to name but a few.