Excellent example of a white unaged white rum can be ! Might change your mind about the category . Excellent for most tropical/Tiki drinks and good for sipping on its own.
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 “Nursery” From the eastern coast of Grenada. The soil is a mix of coastal and volcanic soils. The sucrose-rich cane is a mix of three different Cane Varieties – Lacalome Red, Cain, and Lodger – distilled in a mix of both pot and column stills. The processs 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 not being barreled and aged in wood. The whole idea of this project is to give the customer an unadulterated, straight from the field, no wood or other dumbing down, straight up and full-on terroir experience of a rum.
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, and dedication to 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 they 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.
On to the usual type of review and breakdown on what we thought….
Appearance: Clear and as slippery looking as quicksilver.Lovely bright and flawless appearance.
First Impression: Grassy, sugar cane essence in a glass with a nice minerality , primarily of basalt and some alkali , with some maritime salinity thrown in and backed up with touches of calcium. You can really smell the very particular terroir in this one !
Taste: Delicious , Very much in tune with what you get on the nose. Nice cane grass entry with the minerals dancing across your tongue with a wonderful structure to the whole taste.Just a touch of sweetness and then a long, lingering and slightly drying and alkali finish that whispers, not shouts.
Drinks: Makes for a world class ( and proper) Presidente, Papa Doble, or Daiquiri the way Hemingway liked them – dry and unfucked with – IMHO sugar just dumbs down and sands the edges off the flavors.
Bottle:Interesting heavy bottomed decanter beautiful in its way , but the neck is a two fingered challenge and a touch short IMHO .Nicely distinctive Orange 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. Type is a touch small but contrast is good , so those over say 3o, can still read it.
Other: Bottle Code is CUVAURA-01 go to the website renegade rum.com and type this in for even further geeky rum details on this particular rum ( well worth it !)
Final Thoughts: A delicious example of a well made Grenadian rum of the Rhum Agricole style. In English – very tasting , pure example of a well made young rum.
An excellent website, while not as OCD as their Waterford Irish Whiskey series of pages the Renegade rum site still contains much more information than most sites and well worth a thorough read !