White Rum
stumbleupon
delicious
digg
facebook

Best White Rum

The Fifty Best White Rum Tasting

 

The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 6 white rums with 18 members of The Fifty Best's spirits judging panel. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Each of the rums were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. Only ice water, neutral unflavored crackers and chips were available to cleanse the palate.

The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. Gold and Silver medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no Double Gold or Bronze medals awarded for this tasting.

The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The countries and states of origin are identified for each brand.



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Land Legs Rum
(Oregon)

Nose: Toffee, raw cane, demerara, honey, vanilla, cream, buttery, papaya, guava, banana, tropical fruit, strawberry, raspberry, citrus, corn mash, hay, floral, green leaves, leafy, grassy.

Palate: Toffee, sugarcane, creamy, vanilla, pear, pineapple, lemon, citrus, orange peel, figs, elderflower, herbal, dried leaves, grassy, spearmint, wintergreen, nutty, tobacco, smooth, balanced.

Finish: Vanilla, buttery, honey, lime rind, tea leaves, anise, herbal, minty, spicy, peppery, sherry, clean, smooth, soft.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Land Legs Rum




Cape Cod Great White Rum
(Massachusetts)

Nose: Caramel, butterscotch, cream, clotted cream, sugarcane, vanilla, pineapple, coconut, green apple, citrus, orange flowers, violet, blossom, floral, hay, nutty, mineral, leather.

Palate: Butterscotch, caramel, honey, burnt sugar, fudge, vanilla, sweet strawberry candy, ripe berries, apricot, coconut, orange, pineapple, floral, herbal, minty, spicy, black and red pepper, sherry.

Finish: Toffee, butterscotch, maple, cocoa, cream, fudge, tapioca, apple, pineapple, nutty, almond, hazelnut, licorice, clove, fennel, spice, pepper, tobacco, well-balanced.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Cape Cod Great White Rum




Kill Devil Silver Rum
(No. Carolina)

Nose: Toffee, butterscotch, cane sugar, Cracker Jack, vanilla, whipped cream, clotted cream, buttered popcorn, coconut, banana, apricot, raisin, cucumber, fresh flowers, dry grass, hay, earth, very subtle sweet, light feathery down.

Palate: Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, chocolate, molasses, sugarcane, honey, Vienna finger, pastry dough, apple, citrus, lemon, sweet guava, melon, banana, dates, raisin, dried fruit, eucalyptus, light pepper, smooth.

Finish: Butterscotch, caramel, creamy, buttery, treacle, vanilla, powdered sugar, unripe banana, ginger, herbal, almond, nutmeg, pepper, no bite, smooth, silky.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Kill Devil Silver Rum




Dorymen’s Rum
(Oregon)

Nose: Fudge, creamy, butter, molasses, raw cane sugar, cotton candy, vanilla, fruity, banana, sour apples, citrus, cucumber, grassy, hay, buttered popcorn, cashew, almond, hazelnut, clean.

Palate: Butterscotch, white chocolate, Napoleon, creamy, vanilla, coconut, tropical fruit, green apple, lemon, floral, elderflower, buttered popcorn, hay, hearts of palm, grassy, green leaves, pepper, clove, spices.

Finish: Dry cocoa, whipped cream, creamy, cereal, apple, pink grapefruit, cucumber, mild hazelnut, allspice, nice, smooth, great to keep warm on cold late nights.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Dorymen’s Rum


SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

Wiggly Bridge White Rum
(Maine)

Nose: Nougat, molasses, demerara, sugar cane, cream, vanilla, coconut, mango, banana, berry, strawberry, lemon, citrus, raisins, honeysuckle, green leaves, grassy, cactus, bamboo, nutmeg, pine, mineral.

Palate: Caramel, treacle, sugarcane, honey, vanilla, coconut cream, banana, tropical fruit, sweet beets, grass, pepper, clove, licorice.

Finish: Mango, citrus, maple syrup, nutty, white pepper, mint, allspice, spice, licorice, tea, leather, oak.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Wiggly Bridge White Rum



Skotlander Unaged Agricole Rum
(Denmark)

Nose: Caramel, clotted cream, molasses, muscovado, coconut, pineapple, apple, green apple, unripe stone fruit, grape jelly jam, dried fruit, toasty, hay, grass, moss, cucumber, floral, mint, spearmint, almond, musk, wet stone, earthy, deep soil, pine.

Palate: Cane sugar, dark sugar, vanilla, syrup infused raisins and prunes, cherry, strawberry, banana, green apple, apple, dates, dried fruit, almond, grassy, mint, nutty, spicy, cinnamon, mineral, oak, pine, sherry.

Finish: Marzipan, sugarcane, burnt sugar, green apple, dry tamarind, ginger, green pepper, mint, clove, nutty, allspice, spicy, pepper, musty, sherry, tea tree, woody, oak.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Skotlander Unaged Agricole Rum

 


 

What is white rum?
Rum is a sugar cane distilled spirit that is directly influenced by terroir, tradition and technique. Sugar cane can be grown anywhere in the world that hosts a tropical climate. But the Caribbean is considered the predominant producer of rum.

White rum is also known as "silver" or "light" rum. It is light-bodied, light in color and lightly sweet in flavor. As is all rum, white rum is produced from sugarcane juice and molasses, and normally has a short distillation period. But unlike gold, dark and aged rums which are matured in charred oak casks, white rum is mellowed in plain oak casks or stainless steel tanks for about a year, then filtered. By aging the spirit in this way, the final product remains clear. Rhum Agricole is produced mainly in the French West Indies. The main ingredient in Rhum Agricole is sugarcane, with a tasting profile defined by dry, grassy notes. This differs from rums produced from molasses with sweeter, vanilla flavors.

Rum in the Americas.
During the 18th century, the 159 distilleries in New England produced huge quantities of quality rum from molasses shipped to the colonies from the islands. More rum was made in Colonial America than in the Caribbean, and rum became the colonists' most popular spirit. Twelve million gallons of rum were consumed annually by the early colonists. After the Revolution, as the trading of molasses was restricted by the British, Americans switched to home-grown products such as corn and grain. The American whiskey industry was born, and whiskey replaced rum as the tipple of choice. Most New England distillers closed shop, but rum production continued in the Caribbean, shipping most of the product to Europe.

George Washington, the first President of the United States of America, knew the value of supplying the public with a little rum. When running for a seat in the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1758, Washington gave out 28 gallons of rum and 50 gallons of rum punch, as well as wine, beer and cider – to 391 voters. It cost his campaign £50 (about $8,000 today), but he won his seat.
The strangest rum fact: When Admiral Nelson died in the Battle of Tralfager, his body was preserved during the voyage home in a cask of rum before it was laid to rest.

Following World War II, rum became hip in pre-Castro Cuba where luxury hotel bars in Havana became notorious for their rum-based cocktails. Ernest Hemingway's favorite cocktail was made with white rum at the notorious Cuban bar El Floridita. Then in the late 50s early 60s there was the Tiki Bar craze, such as Trader Vic's with its exotic rum cocktail concoctions.

And so the popularity of white rum continues. Production of American rum has seen a resurgence in the last few years, with over 60 distilleries currently producing rum in the U.S., seven in New England alone. Most people are drinking white rum without even knowing it. That Mojito, Daiquiri, Rum & Coke, and Piña Colada you're drinking? The traditional ingredient is white rum – mainly because it does not change the color of the drink.

 

 

Disclaimer: This section of the website is intended for visitors 21 years of age and older.
If you are not of legal drinking age, please exit by clicking here.


Please drink responsibly!

Comments or questions welcome, please e-mail to: editor@thefiftybest.com

 



 
Fifty Best > Spirits > White Rum
© TheFiftyBest.com        home   |  Advertise   |  Privacy   |  Awards   |  Legal   |  About   |  Logos   |  Sign-Up   |  Contact       HappyViper