Big, bold, and unique like its namesake
Notes: Considerably higher proof than most flavored or spiced rums (most are 70 proof or 35%), microdistilled from molasses, during the second distillation they infuse the spirits with maple syrup then age the rum in both charred oak and used bourbon barrels. Named after a rather infamous pirate, rumrunner, brothel owner and tavern owner from the area who later in life was appointed a U.S. Marshal to put all his talents and knowledge to use for the government.
Appearance: Clear, light gold colored, no sediment whatsoever. On swirling, it leaves a thin, but tenacious clear coat on the inside of the glass, then develops some droplets on the edge line.
First Impression: Definitely a molasses rum-heavy molasses smell along with , cinnamon, leather and oak notes. Hints of vanilla and maple.
Taste: Interesting mix of a northern style rum with the mellowing and sweetening of maple syrup, which lends viscosity and mouthfeel. The oak – both the used bourbon casks which are adding some nice vanilla – and the new charred oak adding a real punch of char, tobacco and leather, combine to give a unique flavor profile.
Drinks: Stands up to almost every other ingredient you throw at it in a umbrella drink. That being said- toss the recipe book and get to work- this is a completely different rum from a mixology standpoint. See final thoughts below for some ideas.
Cigars: This one has got me a bit stumped- probably a Connecticut shade wrapper robusto.
Bottle: Clear glass with a wire bail and porcelain stopper and a rather colorful label from a graphic if not color perspective. Quite distinctive look from many other bottles of spirit and easily reused for your own projects whatever they may be.
Final Thoughts: If regular molasses rum was a tequila or a Speyside Scotch this would be a mezcal or Islay, with its heavy punch of wood, smoke and complexity. While certainly not for everyone, for those who embrace the bold and different for their drinks this is a rum to have in their cabinet, bar or flask.
Web site: http://www.roaringdansrum.com
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