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Renegade Cane Rum Micro Origin Swimming Pool

  • Rating: 9
  • Value: 8
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Proof: 110 (55%)
Age: 1 Year, 10 Months (Approximately)
Price: $79.99 700 ML
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An excellent rhum agricole with a fascinating back story. Excellent rum.

Notes: Brought to us all by the people behind Bruichladdich Scotch and Waterford Irish Whisky (Of which we have numerous reviews of the various expressions), Renegade Rum Distillery produces a number of rum expressions. All of them are Grown, Harvested, Milled, Distilled, and Bottled By the Renegade Rum Distillery in Grenada, Windward Islands.

This very particular rum is their Renegade Cane Rum Pre-Cask Single Farm Origin “Hope” From the eastern coast plain of Grenada. The soil is a mix of Woburn and Perseverance silts and clay soils, mostly loamy sand, and about 20 meters above the coastline.  The sucrose-rich cane is a Cane Varieties called Lodger –  distilled in a mix of both pot and retort stills. The process they use is known in the industry as Rum Agricola style, which is a direct use of fresh pressed cane juice to be made into rum and is usually the province of the French Caribbean Islands – most other rum distilleries use the Rhum Industrial process where cane is first made into sugar and molasses, and the rum is fermented from that as almost a by-product of sugar cane production. This method, it can be argued, is rum in its purest and freshest form – both in means of production and in its origin. The genealogy as it were of this rum is remarkable in that every single facet is relentlessly documented when you type in its “Cane Code” ( MCHOH21-P1) on the website; this unlocks a treasure chest of information on every aspect of this rum inception and extreme detailing of its journey from field to flask. Why, you may ask, is this necessary or desirable? Simply put, it tells you every aspect and variable in this rum and its unique identity – which can lead to a deeper understanding and appreciation of why it tastes the way it does and how this was accomplished. This, in turn, leads to a greater understanding of the variables that affect a rum and helps you, the consumer, identify what you like or make you like a particular rum with crossover knowledge of what to look for in other rums and other spirits. No other company approaches this level of detail and, by extension, transparency of how a particular spirit is made.

In this, they have accomplished a singular achievement.

As an internationally known spirit and, in particular, rum judge ( not to mention enthusiast ), I have seen and tasted 100’s of rums, been to a lot of distilleries, and can count many distillers, blenders, brokers, and friends. I can say a lot about rum and how it is made.
I will try not to bore most of my readers with a long exposition on the rum industry and the many possible negative things that could be leveled about how the bulk of rum is made commercially. I’ll leave that for another time. Suffice it to say that most mass-produced rum is at the level of cheap blended whiskey or worse – a soulless commodity made as cheaply as possible and just this side of legal in terms of what they can get away with. Not to mention, there are a lot more laws regarding whisky than rum if that clarifies things a bit. It is essentially a commodity that is bulk produced and produced as cheaply as possible, with all manner of additives, color sugars, and techniques with cost the overriding decision makers in most cases.

This rum is on the other side of the rum spectrum, much in the same and in the same spirit as Bruichladdich Scotch and Waterford Irish Whisky are. Extreme exemplars of terroir, obsessive detail, dedication to the best possible techniques, relentless innovation, and not a little magic. Everything that can be analyzed and perfected, every detail/technique tweaked, and quality control that can be utilized seem to be on it.

The goal was to produce an unrelenting and unapologetic example of a, let us say, pure strain/exemplar/etude of a very particular type of rum in its purest, virginal form, untouched by anything that would otherwise modify, obscure, or accentuate the original distillate.

It is not for everyone. Hell, it’s not for most people; it is only for people who wish to experience a rum without compromise to be singular in every aspect and made as scrupulously as possible to personify its origins.

OK, Enough!

On to the usual type of review and breakdown of what we thought…

 

Appearance: Clear as a bell, lovely color like the first run, lightest amber maple syrup of the season. For people who are unfamiliar with this rare delicacy, a lovely nut brown/gold, almost like a puddle of good whiskey. Swirling causes a light to medium coating on the glass with a distinct yet discrete edge line. Legs form at intervals, and the drops slowly glide back into the glass languid expression of a rum.

First Impression: No Mistaking this as something other than a Rhum Agricole.  Whiffs of cane/grass notes, some sweetness, minimality, and sea/maritime notes. Also, lovely, clean, fresh barrel notes ( not some musty old barrel smells) are very bright, slightly piney, sappy, and honeyed.

Taste: Grassy, slightly funky taste – appropriate for a Rhum Agricole without being overdone. Nice drying cane, slight alkali bitterness adds structure while being understated. Mild sweetness appropriate to a rum with a nice drying and cane and wood notes along with the mineral terroirs of stone, volcanic basalt, maritime salt, and a pleasant cocoa-type alkali tang. Finishes quietly with a drying fade and whisper of cane sweetness with a mineral back.

Drinks: It certainly can be enjoyed on its own or with a decent cigar, but it also is great in several rum cocktails and adds a nice structure and dryness that many sweetened rums just can’t do. Makes a Hemingway Daquiari a drier and more poignant experience, a Papa Doble a more subtle and nuanced drink, and works with a variety of Tiki drinks to give you a clearer rum ingredient that does not add yet even more sugar and obfuscation to the ingredients by its refreshingly distinctive flavors. It plays well with other ingredients without stepping on them.

Bottle: Interesting heavy-bottomed decanter, beautiful in its way, but the neck is a two-fingered challenge and a touch short, IMHO.Nicely distinctive light lime green glass stopper with their logo screened on top and with a nylon O ring so it is easy to open yet secure on closure. Embossed and raised printing with subtle shading on the label in the front and a downright chatty history and description on the back label. The type is a touch small, but the contrast is good, so those over, say, 3o can still read it.

Other: I recommend a lighter wrapper in a cigar for this one. Ashton, Davidoff, or a similar cigar would be a nice compliment to this rum.

Final Thoughts: buy

Website:https://renegaderum.com/canecode/microrigin-swimming-pool-hope/

As is usual with this company, the website is a delightful treat to anyone who loves a good rum and wants to know all the details – Also a good source of inspiration to other companies and websites as a touchstone of what a website should be and the inclusion of all the details of a spirit. BRAVO!

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