Spiced Rum

Review: Rapture of the Deep Dark Molasses Moonshine by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Still Fired Distilleries.

ABV
45%
Aging
N/A
Recipe
Distilled from fancy molasses and sugar and infused with spices
Distiller Still Fired (Annapolis Royal, NS)

This is made from a mash of fancy molasses and organic cane sugar, distilled and then infused with molasses, maple syrup, vanilla, and coffee from the local roaster Sissiboo. In this way, it is quite similar to Still Fired’s Diver’s Envy spiced molasses moonshine but with different components added. These components give a richer, deeper character than the other moonshine products made at the distillery. It is infused and mellowed for two months, and designed to be sipped over ice or mixed.


Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2020

  • Bottling Code: N/A

Sweeter and richer than Diver’s envy, but still very spice-dominated. Maple syrup, coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, and rich molasses combine with some bright berry notes from the moonshine. It really isn’t in a dark rum category, flavor-wise, but more in a rich spiced rum category. And not a vague, commercial concoction of flavours – this one has sharp, clear cut and identifiable flavours.

Works very nicely as a mixer, especially for someone like me that likes a good amount of spice to come through on a lot of my cocktails. Very enjoyable!


Review: Diver's Envy Spiced Molasses Moonshine by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Still Fired Distilleries.

Image courtesy of Still Fired Distilleries.

ABV
45%
Aging
N/A
Recipe
Distilled from fancy molasses and sugar and infused with spices
Distiller Still Fired (Annapolis Royal, NS)

This is made from a mash of fancy molasses and organic cane sugar, distilled and then infused with clove, cinnamon, vanilla, and coffee from the local roaster Sissiboo. It is infused and mellowed for two months, and designed to be sipped over ice or mixed (as wiht most spiced rums).


Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2020

  • Bottling Code: N/A

The spices lead, and dominate, on this one. It’s rich in baking spices and it’s hard not to think of nutmeg. Sweet cinnamon and vanilla create bright top notes, with light sweet rum notes in the middle and  supplemented by the dark richness of coffee and clove underneath.

This is a nice alternative to sweeter spiced rums which can feel very artificial – this one is big, spicy, and still fairly light.


Review: George Street Spiced Rum by Jason Hambrey

ABV
35%
Aging
N/A
Recipe
From molasses and spices
Distiller N/A (Guyana)

I was alerted to George Street Spiced Rum, which only appears from time to time in Ontario, by the Rum Howler's review of it, who says it is a mix of 2, 5, and 7 year old Guyana rums.  Since, it has become one of my favorite mixing rums. It is produced by 20 mixologists in rum-loving Newfoundland, where famous George Street resides - it has more bars per square foot than any other area in North America.


Review (2014)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2013

Vanilla comes out at first on the nose, coming through quite nicely, along with underlying rum,  dry and light oak, dry fruitiness, and nutmeg and cinnamon too. The palate is lightly sweet -  very pleasant and easy -  with a very nice vanilla finish. There's a touch of heat on the end - quite smooth and creamy, with just a tad of oak bitterness and spices. Nutty too.

This works wonders in cocktails, and the best spiced rum sipper I've encountered (though, yes, I know, they are meant more for mixing than sipping).

Assessment: Recommended, as a sipper. It’s a go-to for mixing, and I will always pick up a bottle for mixing if I see it.

Value: Pretty good, for $26!


Review: El Dorado Spiced Rum by Jason Hambrey

ABV
40%
Aging
N/A
Recipe
From molasses and spices
Distiller El Dorado (Guyana)

I quite like El Dorado rums, and there is little better for a cocktail than a good spiced rum. It is produced at their diamond distillery, and is produced from a mix of aged Demerera rums, cinnamon, vanilla, and citrus. 


Review (2014)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2013

 The nose is deep, with some currants and baking spice - cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger. The nose is relatively dry and doesn't seem like it will be as sweet. The palate is dark and deep, with some black pepper and well defined clove, ruminess, and dark molasses. This would shine through brilliantly in cocktails. Not too sweet, but the spices are just beautiful. I was going to infuse this with thyme but I am having second thoughts because of what a wonderful mixer this could be. Some pepper and biting spice on the finish.

Assessment: Not a great sipper, but it mixes fairly well. Spiced rum makes quite a nice presence in cocktails!

Value: Average.


Review: Sailor Jerry Spiced Navy Rum by Jason Hambrey

ABV
46%
Aging
N/A
Recipe
From molasses
Distiller Sailor Jerry (St. Croix,US Virgin Islands)

Sailor Jerry rum is another Diageo owned brand distilled in the Virgin Islands and honors a famous tattoo artist, Norman Collins, known for tattooing sailors. Each bottle has a picture of one of his tattoos on the label and one that is visible behind the label when the rum has been finished. It is notable too, for a relatively cheap rum, that it comes in at 46%.


Review (2014)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2013

 Nose: Reasonably spicy, which might dominate more than the molasses. Less sweet on the nose than the other rums I've been taking time with. The vanilla notes are lighter, but come through more as it sits - orange peel as well.

Taste: Assertive with slightly bitter molasses and some drying spice, cinnamon and cloves, and there is vanilla in it as well. More intriguing and complex than many spiced rums. It's also drier, which I do quite like as well. I might actually wish that it were a touch more sweet, as uncommon as that is. Its spiciness is certainly evident after tasting side by side of some other rums.

Finish: More spicy than rum-y. It is longer and more interesting than the others, for sure.

I like to mix with this.

Value: Low to Average. Low as a sipper, but it’s not a bad mixer, and it can be harder to find cheap rums >40%.