Rum - Prichard's Crystal Rum
Prichard's Crytal Rum 80 Proof
Prichard's Distillery, Kelso, Tennessee USA
Ingredients: Grade A Fancy Food Grade Molasses
PROOF: 80 (40%)
AGE: Not Applicable
PRICE: $ 20.-$25 - 750 ML
Notes: There are two main types of ingredients and methods for making rum and the results can be, and are for the most part, vastly different.The first type is to use sugar cane juice,(a primarily French method called Rhum Agricole) the second is to use molasses , usually the blackstrap variety, a by-product of sugar production (refered to as Rhum Industriale). The difference is similar to cognac and grappa production - with the same general results - this being a happy exception.
Prichard's being pot distilled from Grade A Fancy molasses (not the blackstrap type) is similar to what Noni does to produce its "Super Grappa" (See the About section on grappa). They use much higher quality ingredients than the industry standard and so yield a amazing product. Distilled five times in a small pot still.
Appearance: Beautiful clear silver - thick bodied, on swirling leaves thin coating on glass and some long legs.
First Impression: Limestone, a touch of pepper, char, and vanilla.
Taste: Reminds me very much like a really good vanilla cream soda (like the ones by Journey in health food stores) with a hard stone finish to it. Madagascar-type vanilla notes, then expanding to something sweeter, almost like a sweet rye. Somewhat sweet in a vanilla sense (not a sugary one) and smooth. Not your average rum by a longshot. Doesn't have the burn that some white rums have. Delicious!
Drinks: Adds a extra vanilla dimension and sweetness to the average white rum drinks.This is a positive for some drinks and a complication for others.It is however a great rum to have for mixing. It just takes some experimentation to figure out its best drinks.
Cigars: Great with a mild to full bodied cigar, a great counterpoint.
Final Thoughts: This rum would be a great addition to a rum collection.Much more complexity and different flavor notes than your average silver rum. A complex and idiosyncratic rum. Much better than a lot of rum in its price range.
Bottle/Packaging: Both bottles used by Mr. Prichard are very nice clear glass bottles with easy to read labels and tasteful labeling. Conveys a sense of understated value and taste.
Quick loading, well laid-out, and informative. No tiresome intros or bells and whistles that serve no purpose other than to show off the programmers ability to bulk up code.