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Rum Review: Kimberley Cane Spirit (Western Australia)

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Saturday, 03 May 2008 03:40

Kimberley Cane SpiritWhen I first heard the name 'Hoochery' it amused me as well as raised some questions in my mind. According to the website the name 'Hoochery' comes from the word 'Hooch' (no surprise there) which goes back to the Hoochinoo Indian tribe of Alaska who made alcoholic liquor.

Hoochery is located in Kimberley on a farm just outside of Kununurra in the heart of Ord River Valley. Founded in 1995 by a farmer named Spike Dessert, Hoochery is the oldest continuously operating small pot distillery in Western Australia. This small pot distillery has the capacity to produce over 50,000 bottles of rum a year.

Due to being brewed in small vats the characteristics of this un-chill filtered rum may vary from batch to batch. Kimberley Cane Spirit is made from the local Ord River cane molasses and pure "wet season" rain water. This hand bottled rum is aged less than two years in oak in the spirit of Cachaca.


Rum Review: Rhum Barbancourt Réserve Spéciale 8 Years (Haiti)

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Sunday, 27 April 2008 15:59

Rhum Barbancourt Réserve Spéciale 8 YearsDupré Barbancourt, who founded the Barbancourt rum company in 1862, came to Haiti from Charente, which is located in the Cognac region of France. Using double distillation methods, originally used in the production of cognac in France, he began distilling rum after perfecting his special recipe. Barbancourt was married to Nathalie Gardère, who after Barbancourt’s death took control of the business. Later, on her deathbed, Nathalie Gardère left the company to her nephew Paul Gardère, as she never had children with Dupré Barbancourt. To this day the rum business remains in the Gardére family.


Rhum Barbancourt Réserve Spéciale is an agricultural rum made from freshly pressed sugar cane juice that is distilled to 90% alcohol. The distilled product is cut with water before it is put to rest in large white Limousin oak vats. The finished product is an 8 year old rum, 43% alcohol per volume.


Appleton to Launch a 30 Year Old Rum

Written by Appleton Rum   
Tuesday, 22 April 2008 07:21

Appleton Estate 30 Year Old RumApril 1, 2008; Kingston, Jamaica. Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum has introduced a limited edition 30 year old rum.

Only 1,440 bottles of Appleton Estate 30 Year Old Jamaica Rum has been produced, and according to David McConnell, Managing Director of Global Marketing for Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum, this limited edition rum will be available in select markets across the globe.

“Appleton Estate 30 Year Old Jamaica Rum is a very rare and special rum that has been aged in oak casks for 30 years.  It is a limited edition product and we are only producing 1,440 bottles which we will release in select markets across the globe where it will be available in duty free and luxury or boutique accounts.”

Appleton Estate 30 Year Old Jamaica Rum is packaged in a proprietary bottle whose design was inspired by the Appleton Estate signature bottle that has been a hallmark of the brand since it was launched 20 years ago.  The bottle has a cork finish and each bottle has a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity.


Rum Review: El Dorado Special Reserve 15 Year Old (Guyana, South America)

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Saturday, 12 April 2008 03:49

El Dorado 15 Year Old Special ReserveEl Dorado, the name conjures images of the mythical city of gold ruled by El Rey Dorado, The Golden King. A legend of a South American tribal chieftain, who would be completely covered in gold dust as part of an ancient ritual. The chieftain would travel with a decorated raft to the middle of a gigantic lake and offer a sacrifice of gold to the god-monster they believed lived in the lake. With this ritual the chieftain was recognized as king.

Many have died searching for the gold of El Dorado. Tonight I get to be one of the explorers searching for the mythical gold, hopefully with better luck.


El Dorado Special Reserve 15 Year Old Rum is packaged in a box embossed with gold-lettering and decorated with pictures of Brigs sailing on the great Demerara River. The bottle itself is an attractive green glass bottle reminiscent of the hand blown flasks used in the navy centuries ago. The label features the same Brigs on the great Demerara River as seen on the box. The bottle also has a plastic seal with gold colouring that glistens in the light like the real thing.


Renegade Rum - First Release

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Sunday, 06 April 2008 17:37

Renegade Rum CompanyYou may recall reading a news article about Renegade Rums some time ago. I have now received more information about these rums, including tasting notes that are at the end of this news article.

As said in the previous news article, Renegade Rum is a brand created by the independend bottler, Murray McDavid who over three years ago decided to venture into the world of rum.


They tracked down casks from a select group of single distilleries from the Caribbean and the Americas, some of which have either closed down or changed production location.

Renegade Rum combines single distillery rum provenance, with their innovative cask expertise. These rums are originally matured in American oak casks and then additionally matured in exceptional quality wine, madeira or port casks for extra complexity and texture.

These vintage aged limited edition rums are bottled naturally without chill-filtration - to retain natural cask flavours - at the Bruichladdich Distillery and reduced to 46% strength with Isle of Islay spring water. Renegade Rums are for the true spirit connoisseurs and intended to be savoured on their own.

Continue to discover the tasting notes of each Renegade Rum.


Rum Review: Havana Club Cuban Barrel Proof (Cuba)

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Monday, 31 March 2008 03:20

Havana Club Cuban Barrel ProofThe very first rum I reviewed was Havana Club Añejo 7 Años and I felt it was time to review another product from the Havana Club range as people had been requesting more Havana Club rum reviews. This time I will let you in on what Havana Club Cuban Barrel Proof holds within its decorated, blue labelled bottle.

Hand-crafted by "Maestro Ronero" Don Navarro, Cuban Barrel Proof is made from a blend of different aged rums aged in extra-old white oak barrels.

This blend is then put to rest in younger oak casks or "finish" casks and finally bottled straight from the cask at 45% without being diluted with water.


Rum Review: Temptryst Lemon Wood Rum (Texas)

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Saturday, 08 March 2008 01:56

Temptryst Lemon Wood RumTemptryst rums are produced by Texas based Au Natural Spirits Inc, which is run by the president and head of research, Daniel Watson. Coveted by the connoisseurs at the Ministry of Rum and Refined Vices, Temptryst rums have quickly gained a reputation despite the fact that these rums are still relatively unknown to the wider audience and not yet on the market.


For instance, Cherry Wood XO won a gold award at the Ministry of Rum tasting competition amongst other award winning Temptryst rums. Such appreciation can only promise good fortune for the upcoming rum brand.

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