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 kit 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.
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).
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The highlights of our rum sampler tasting experience include:
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.
|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.|
|Flavour Camp||Low Oaky & Rich / High Soft & Sweet|
|Age||No age statement.|
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.
|Nose||Toasted nuts, floral, and dry fruits.|
|Palate||Dry with light oak and wood spice, baked apples, and vanilla.|
|Finish||Short, clean, and crisp.|
|Flavour Camp||Low Oaky & Rich / Low Crisp & Dry|
|Age||12 Years Old (Average Age)|
|Distillery||Compania Licorera De Nicaragua S.A.|
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.
|Nose||Toasted oak, chocolate, hazelnut, dried fruits.|
|Palate||Oak spice, orange peel, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, dried fruits.|
|Finish||Long and delicate spice.|
|Flavour Camp||High Oaky & Rich / High Crisp & Dry|
|Age||12 Years Old.|
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.
|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.|
|Flavour Camp||Low Soft & Sweet /
High Oaky & Rich
|Age||No age statement.|
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.
|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.|
|Flavour Camp(s)||High Oaky & Rich / High Soft & Sweet|
|Age||No age statement.|
|Distillery||Ron Zacapa Centenario|
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.
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!
|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.|
|Material||Lead Free Crystal|
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.
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 Beef Jerky delivers a mouth-watering flavour with premium, hand-selected cuts of tender Canadian beef smoked in traditional-style smokehouses. Their Original recipe is delicately seasoned to allow the natural smokehouse flavour to shine through.
While you still have the flavours in your mouth after a sip of liquor, take a nice size bite of the beef jerky to release the smoky beef flavors, and let it add to the flavour. Then as the smoky and beef flavours fade, the beef jerky notes linger. Take another sip of liquor and round it off.
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!!
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!
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!
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