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Rum Tasting Kit – Optional Live Experience

CAD $60.00

Rum Tasting Options

Select the size of each rum tasting kit you would like to include. More information is available in the detailed product description below.

We offer a self guided rum tasting using our included tasting guide booklet, or a live expert facilitated virtual or in-person rum tasting scheduled for a convenient time for participants. For a group live tasting please contact us for a quote and availability. More information is available in the detailed product description below.

Additional Upgrades

Select if you would like to include a crystal Glencairn rum tasting glass. More information is available in the detailed product description below.

Select the food pairing(s) you would like to include. Oatcakes are included as a palate cleanser. More information is available in the detailed product description below.

Include a personalized message on a note card.

Rum Tasting Experience Highlights

Rum is simple. Take a sugar solution, add yeast, ferment it, then distill. What makes each rum different is how each distillery approaches these principles in different ways. Legally, rum can only be made by distilling the products of cane-sugar manufacture (molasses, cane syrup or fresh cane juice).

Each rum is unique, however at the same time you can cluster them into groups with similar interests and characters called flavour camps. The four rum flavour camps are: Oaky & Rich, Crisp & Dry, Soft & Dry, And Light & Fresh. 

This rum tasting has been organized with a curated selection of cask aged rums that appear in the different rum flavour camps and the two major styles of Aged English-speaking Caribbean Rums, and Aged Latin Style Rums. Grouping the rums like this helps you to identify the major types of rums you prefer, which helps you to zero in on new rums to try that belong to similar cohorts. 

If you are looking for the best rum tasting experience or wondering how to gift a rum sample set, look no further!

The highlights of our rum sampler tasting experience include:

  • A curated tour of the best tasting rums we love. 
  • Food pairing options to compliment the miniature bottles of rum. 
  • A rum tasting guide for your experience including an overview of each rum, how to taste, and tasting notes. 
  • Optional expert led private or public virtual rum tasting experience which is great for the office or a rum tasting at home. 
  • Great for occasions such as a birthday gift for rum lovers or as a rum valentine’s day gift, or even as miniature rum bottles wedding favours. 
  • Optional crystal Glencairn rum tasting glass available.
  • Optional note card to deliver a special message to the recipient.
  • Delivery available across Ontario and next day delivery to select locations in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

 

Rum Tasting Kit Canada Details

Rum Sample Pack

Brugal 1888 Grand Reserve Rum

The Edrington Group’s purchase of Brugal in 2008 did not only result in a Scotch distiller learning about another category, it also gave the rum firm access to years of expertise in oak, especially in the realm of Sherry casks (Edrington owns The Macallan and Highland Park). The first evidence of this was the 1888, which is first aged up to 8 years in American oak barrels followed by Spanish oak sherry casks for up to 6 years.

Accolades
  • World Rum Awards 2018 – Category Winner
  •  Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2016 – 93 Points Excellent 
Rum Tasting Kit Notes
Colour Amber.
Nose  Dried fruits, raisins, sherry, woodieness, and hints of cinnamon.   
Palate Sweet, nutty, and intense with baked stone fruit.   
Finish Clean and dry, with a lightly sweet finish.

 

Rum Flight Gift Set Specs
Flavour Camp Low Oaky & Rich / High Soft & Sweet
Age No age statement. 
Alcohol Volume 40%
Distillery Brugal Distillery
Geography Dominican Republic

Flor de Caña 12 Year Old Rum

Five generations of the Pellas family have made rum at the San Antonio Sugar Mill, in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua. The original distillery was built in 1890, and still uses molasses extracted from the firm’s own cane fields.

Rum Kit Tasting Notes 
Colour Reddish amber.  
Nose  Toasted nuts, floral, and dry fruits.
Palate Dry with light oak and wood spice, baked apples, and vanilla.
Finish Short, clean, and crisp.  

 

Rum Tasting Set Specs
Flavour Camp Low Oaky & Rich / Low Crisp & Dry
Age 12 Years Old (Average Age)
Alcohol Volume 40%
Distillery Compania Licorera De Nicaragua S.A.
Geography Nicaragua  

Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12-Year-Old Rum

The first record of rum being made at Appleton Estate is in 1749 making it one of the great repositories of rum heritage.

This rare blend is where all of the estate’s characters come together. The rums that make up this blend of rare and hand-selected pot and column still rums are crafted with Jamaican limestone-filtered water, with no added flavours, and have all been aged for a minimum of 12 years in the tropical climate of Jamaica.

Tasting Accolades
  • 2019 Ultimate Spirits Challenge – 94 Excellent Highly Recommended
  • 2014 San Francisco World Spirit Competition – Double Gold
Rum Gift Set Tasting Notes
Colour Dark bronze.  
Nose  Toasted oak, chocolate, hazelnut, dried fruits.
Palate Oak spice, orange peel, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, dried fruits.
Finish Long and delicate spice. 

 

Miniature Rum Gift Set Specs
Flavour Camp High Oaky & Rich / High Crisp & Dry
Age 12 Years Old.  
Alcohol Volume 43%
Distillery Appleton Estate
Geography Jamaica

Plantation XO 20th Anniversary Rum

Plantation XO 20th Anniversary rum is a combination of pot-stilled and column-stilled Barbadian rums that are initially aged in the Caribbean in ex-bourbon casks for 12-20 years. They are then transported to France for a second 12-18 months aging in small French oak casks.

Rum Tasting Set Accolades
  • Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2018, 91 Points Excellent HIghly Recommended, US
  • World Spirits Award 2017, Gold Medal, Austria
  • Rum XP Miami 2016, Gold Medal Best in Class, US
Rum Miniature Tasting Set Notes
Colour Amber.  
Nose  Spicy oak, cinnamon, caramel, coconut, nutmeg, vanilla, and cloves.
Palate Sweet with oak spice, caramel, vanilla, apricot, mango, blackcurrants.
Finish Toasted oak and caramel.   

 

Rum Miniature Gift Set Specs
Flavour Camp Low Soft & Sweet /

High Oaky & Rich

Age No age statement.  
Alcohol Volume 40%
Distillery Cognac Ferrand
Geography Barbados

Zacapa Solera Gran Reserva 23 Rum

This rum was created in 1976 in the highlands of Guatemala (Aged at 7,545 ft above the clouds). This sugarcane rum features a woven band around the middle as a reference to the original hand-woven palm leaf bottle cover.

Solera is a process of aging liquids by fractional blending so that the finished product is a mixture of ages, with the average age increasing as the process continues over many years.  The solera method is used to age Ron Zacapa 23, which results in a combination of rums aged between 6 and 23 years.

Rum Tasting Set Accolades
  • First Place by the prestigious Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago
  • Gold Medal, Best In Category (Aged Rums 15+ Years Old) – The International Cane Spirits Festival 2007
LCBO Rum Tasting Gift Set Notes
Colour Dark mahogany.
Nose  Smoky, coconut, vanilla pod, grapefruit, coriander, raisin, oak, and beeswax, followed by Assam tea, and autumn leaves.
Palate Dried and tropical fruits, cherry chocolate, cooked fruits, mulberry, and supple tannins.
Finish Balanced and complex, with almond  and sherry.  

 

Mini Rum Tasting Set Specs
Flavour Camp(s) High Oaky & Rich / High Soft & Sweet
Age No age statement.
Alcohol Volume 40%
Distillery Ron Zacapa Centenario
Geography Guatemala

Self Guided Or Live Rum Tasting Options

Rum Sampler Box Guide

Perhaps the best part of our sampler box (apart from the rum) is that it includes a booklet as a guide to tasting rum. Using this guide is a great option for a self guided individual or group rum tasting experience. 

Our tasting guide in your rum selection box includes:
  • How to taste rum including:
    • Tasting with your eyes
    • Tasting with your nose
    • Tasting with your tongue (body and finish)
  • The science and language of rum tasting.
  • Rums main flavors and flavor camps.
  • Tasting notes for each rum including:
    • Background
    • The colour
    • The nose
    • The palate
    • The finish
virtual bourbon tasting

Live Expert Facilitated Rum Tasting Experience

A live expert facilitated private rum tasting is great if you are looking for a fun group experience to build connection, spark conversation, and learn the fundamental knowledge and skills to taste rum. This is a great option for the office or a rum tasting at home. 

We have three options for our private rum tasting experiences:

  • Virtually using a video and audio conferencing platform like Zoom or a host provided platform ($350 for unlimited guests).
  • Off Site at your venue address.
  • On Site at our headquarters at: 400 Matheson Blvd E, Unit 20, Mississauga ON, L4Z 1N8.

The private rum tasting experience is scheduled for a convenient date and time for the participants for a 1.5 hour duration.

For a quote for a live expert facilitated rum tasting experience please Contact Us.

We look forward to providing you and your guests with an immersive, unique, and memorable rum tasting experience.

Additional Rum Tasting Kit Upgrades

Glencairn Rum Glass Gift Set

The development of the Glencairn glass involved a collaboration of master blenders from the five largest spirit companies to develop the perfect rum tasting glass. This is an excellent tasting glass to compliment your gift set!

Benefits of the Glencairn Rum Glass Gift Set
  • The tapering mouth of the Glencairn glass captures and concentrates the aroma on the nose and enhances taste. 
  • Its shape allows for easy swirling of rum, a practice commonly used to open up the aromas of rum for full appreciation.  
  • The wide bowl allows for the fullest appreciation of the rum colour.
  • The solid base is designed to be easy on the hand and makes for a stable glass.
  • It’s made of crystal created with optimum clarity, durability, and brilliance.
Glencairn Rum Tasting Glass Gift Box Specs
Height 4 1/2 Inches
Bottom Diameter 1 7/8 Inches
Maximum Diameter 2 1/2 Inches
Top Diameter 1 7/8 Inches
Capacity 6 3/4 oz.
Color Clear
Dishwasher Safe Yes
Material Lead Free Crystal

GREEN & BLACK’s Organic Dark Chocolate For Rum Sampler Gift Set

Dark chocolate and rum make a great match. The warming, complex nature of most rum complements the luxurious, creamy texture of good chocolate. 

The underlying sweetness and alcohol bite to rum is offset extremely well by the more bitter and lingering flavor of dark chocolate.

Our organic Dark 70% chocolate from GREEN & BLACK’s is made from fine Trinitario cacao beans, providing complex fruit notes and intense bittersweet chocolate aromas.

GREEN & BLACK’S is a chocolate brand founded on sustainable and ethical cocoa sourcing principles.

A great addition to a rum birthday gift for those looking to buy rum samples online.

How To Enjoy

While you still have the flavours in your mouth after a sip of rum, take a piece of chocolate and let it slowly melt and add to the flavour. Then take another sip of rum and round it off.

McSweeny’s Bacon Jerky For Rum Miniatures Gift Set

McSweeny’s Hickory Smoked Bacon Pork Jerky delivers a mouth-watering flavour that’s salty, sweet and smoky. Made with 100% Verified Canadian Pork.

Features:

  • Gluten Free
  • Proudly Canadian
  • High in Protein
  • Naturally Smoked

From birthdays to weddings, this is the perfect reason to send bacon jerky and a miniature rum gift set. 

How To Enjoy Bacon Jerky And Rum Tasting Flight Gift

While you still have the flavours in your mouth after a sip of rum,, take a nice size bite of the bacon jerky to release the smoky bacon flavors, and let it add to the flavour. Then as the smoky and balcony flavors fade, the bacon jerky notes linger. Take another sip of rum and round it off.

From rum birthday gifts to valentines day, this is a great gift!

bacon-jerky

Nobel Vegan Jerky – Original For Rum Gift Pack

Tap into an undiscovered word of taste and texture with Nobel Jerky’s Original garlic and pepper plant based jerky. This vegan jerky is one of favorites to pair with rum!!

Features:

  • No preservatives
  • No Nitrates
  • No Trans Fats
  • Non-GMO
How To Enjoy Vegan Jerky And Rum Sampler Set

While you still have the flavours in your mouth after a sip of rum, take a nice size bite of the vegan jerky to release the flavors, and let it add to the flavour. Then as the smoky and garlic and pepper flavors fade, the jerky notes linger. Take another sip of rum and round it off.

A rum tasting variety pack with vegan jerky is a great Christmas gift! 

Torres Selecta Potato Chips Black Truffle

Truffles are a bold flavor, and a little goes a long way. The taste of black truffles is a mixture of chocolaty, nutty and earthy. Rum pairs well with potato chips and the flavours of black truffle, so we have a fantastic snack that combines both!

These special premium potato chips feature authentic black summer truffles.

Be captivated by the intense woodsy aroma with flavors of garlic, wild mushroom and earthy hazelnut undertones that convert this snack into a real treat for the senses.

Ingredients: Potatoes, sunflower oil, salt, dehydrated black summer truffle (T. aestivum Vitt.) and truffle aroma.

From occasions like birthday gifts to valentines day, this is a great gift!

black truffle potato chips

Rum Tasting Kit Delivery Available Across Ontario

We offer rum tasting kit delivery across Ontario.

Delivery rates are calculated  at checkout. You can schedule your order to arrive on a specific date also at checkout. 

For orders placed before 5pm, we offer next day delivery for select cities across Ontario. 

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