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Welcome to our Featured Spirit Archives. Here, you can read about our experiences with various spirits and become privy to some of our favorite brands of each spirit that we've stumbled upon so far.

You can select a spirit category from the list below to learn about that category. From there, you can select any of the spirits we've featured so far within that category and read what we had to say.

If you have comments regarding the spirits we've selected or have an opinion about what we should feature next, feel free to contact us.



Gosling’s Black Seal Rum PDF Print E-mail
Featured Spirits - Rums

a picture of Gosling's Black Seal RumGosling Brothers, Ltd.
Bermuda


Gosling’s was founded in 1858 by the descendants of James Gosling, a merchant sailor and son of a wine and spirits merchant waylaid by fate on the island of Bermuda. It took a few years to perfect the recipe, but once they had it, it quickly became a favorite of the masses. Originally sold directly from the cask and put into recycled champagne bottles sealed with a black wax, it became known as the black seal rum. The name stuck and a mascot was chosen.

With a strong nose of figs and dried fruit remniscent of old school cherry cola, this rum is sure to take you on a ride. The mouth is thick and oily, but the heat fades quickly to reveal a complex grouping of flavors composed of sweet cherry, burnt sugar and roastiness. It finishes bittersweat, leaving you with an understanding of what a true sailors swill is. Not for the faint of heart, we would gladly have this on the rocks or in a cocktail.
 
New Holland Single Barrel PDF Print E-mail
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New Holland Distillery
Michigan, USA


Finally, a rum not from some beautiful tropical island that most of us will never see! Distilling ‘locally’ in Michigan, New Holland Distillery is perhaps better know as “New Holland Brewery,” makers of Dragon’s Milk stout. They started doing craft spirits only recently but have made quite the splash in the industry. One of their fine artisan spirits is Single Barrel Rum, which we’ve featured here.

From the nose, we knew this rum would be different — candy mixed with subtle notes of wood that reminded us of whiskey. It started sweet, moved smoothly into cinnamon and then on to a very distinct, surprising finish. Hops. Definitely hops. Maybe we’re crazy. Maybe we’re tasting things, but we swear that’s what all of us tasted. Not in a bad way, mind you. This rum is a step away from what might be considered a traditional taste profile, but it’s unique flavor is reason enough to give it a try.
 
Banks Rum PDF Print E-mail
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Joseph Banks Rums Corporation Pte Ltd - Singapore
Blend of Jamaican, Trinidadian, Guyana, Barbados, Java rums


Born not of one, but five islands, this white rum is a unique medley of 21 aged and non-aged rums blended together in Amsterdam. The five — Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana, Barbados and Java — each add their own distinct flavor to the mix of this recently-established rum. How does it retain its clarity with all the different rums, you ask? Charcoal filtration.

This is not a simple rum. A mix of oak and grape in the nose gives way to swirls of different flavors. Smooth and sweet, the caramel and wood from age develops into tropical fruit, then gradually drifts into a lingering bittersweet finish. We recommend enjoying this either on the rocks or creating a new twist on a cocktail with it’s unique profile.

 
Angostura Caribbean Rum (5-year-old) PDF Print E-mail
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Angostura Rum Distillery
Trinidad & Tabago


Sitting just off the northeastern coast of Venezuela and just a stone’s throw (maybe two) away from Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago is home to another excellent brand of rum. Originally focused on their famous bitters developed by the founder Johann Siegert in the late 19th century, the Angostura brand branched out to rum a century later in the early 1940s and has been making waves ever since.
The Angostura 5-year is an excellent blend of light and heavy rums that have been aged between 5 and 8 years in American oak bourbon barrels. We detected subtle notes of creamy vanilla and toasty brown sugar in the nose. Clearly sweet notes of caramel mellowed into a bitter complex wood, then back to a savory sweet. Jason Neu of Great Lakes Distillery put it best when he said, “I could drink the crap out of this rum.”

 
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