Review: Blackstrap Rum (Last Straw Distillery) / by Jason Hambrey

1 Year; European Oak
100% Blackstrap Molasses
Distiller Last Straw (Vaughan, Ontario)

This is the blackstrap rum which I loved - an unaged rum which is perhaps my favorite white rum ever. It has now been matured in a cask, so we have some age to it...

Review (2017)

  • Batch: Cask 1

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2017

The nose is oily, with lots of white pepper, blueberry, molasses, cilantro, chipotle- still that classic blackstrap flavour, but with oak this time – the palate is lightly confectionary, with oak, blueberry, molasses, white pepper, brown sugar...the finish fades out with dried berry notes, white pepper, and molasses. The finish has some nice oily, vanilla, toffee notes which just go on. A really nice rum! On the lighter side, and I really like it – though I still might oddly prefer blackstrap to this. I do love that white rum.

Assessment: Recommended.

Value: Average. If you like the category, it’s a decent buy for $50.

Review (2021)

  • Batch: Blackstrap 2.5

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2021

This has come on a long way from the last time I tried it. I love the white version of this, and immediately on the nose I realize the previous one I had (cask 1 above) was a bit of an adolescent version that hadn’t quite found its way.

This one, however, is right on point: rich molasses, cloves, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, honey, apple, peach…if you want a rum with a classic character that ticks all the boxes – this is it. The palate is balanced well between the sweetness, rich molasses character, orchard fruit, and tannins. The tannins do well to introduce a clean, spicy, and molasses-laden finish.

Mixes nicely in cocktails, too. It competes well in the category of lighter Spanish-style aged rums – and does so very well.

Assessment: Highly Recommended.

Review (2021)

  • Batch: bsr004

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2021

The nose has very nice oak – rich, spicy, woody, sweet – but, against the wood, is a very nice spirit character – dried berries, red currants, molasses, dried mixed fruit and even a touch of bright chamomile. It has the nice complex, savoury fruitiness found in so many rums that pairs so nicely with the light caramel notes. The palate has a nice richness to it – both from the spirit and from the oak. Light earthiness, toffee, apple, plum, nutmeg, oak, orange peel, clove, and some brown sugar. The palate and finish both have nice savoury notes throughout. The finish leaves you with light tannins, spice, toffee, and white pepper. Very complex, especially in the way that dried and fresh fruit drift in and out.

This is one of the best rums made in Canada!

Assessment: Highly Recommended