Well made craft distilled white rum. A rare thing !
Notes: Made in one of the few copper Bordeaux Alambic type potstill in this country this country, this rum is also distinguished by using 100% Hawaiian molasses ( making it one of the few worker cruelty free molasses rums along with Panamanian rums) and one of the few American made rums ( Yes, I know, but most of the other US made rums are made in territories not states except for a precious few). Until recently there were strangely no rum distilleries in Hawaii (with sugar cane, great water and cost of shipping in imports you would think they would have before now. Sergeant Classick was set up to to use 100% Hawaiian molasses to use this great resource on some more affordable real estate where it would not cost an arm and a leg to get it shipped to the mainland. Essential Spirits makes a number of spirits, both under their own labels and under contract for others. We reviewed the Sergeant Classic Gold rum here
Appearance: Brilliantly clear. On swirling it leaves a light oily coat on the glass with tiny legs and droplets forming.
First Impression: Strong molasses, coral, and sweet fruit notes with brown sugar notes of rum.Nicely balanced and well done distillation with no off notes.
Taste: Sweet entry with nicely drying fade.Oily, entry with molasses cinnamon,nutmeg and vanilla notes with hints of leather, saddle soap, and just a touch of oak and slight char to round it out. Very smooth and not overly sweet, very well balanced
Drinks: We used it in a number of classics and it held up well. Particularly good in Mojitos and other drinks calling for a white rum. With its clean and well done distillation it gives you all the good flavors of a white rum without a lot of the bad flavors a lesser made white rum can have. Recommended !
Bottle: Clear glass, somewhat cylindrical but with a slightly flared bottomed a softly rounded shoulder making it a good bit more distinctive than most. Somewhat muted but attractive graphics on a paper label of good quality with clipped edges. Back label has story about the founder and his journey into rum. Nicely done attractive and unlike most easy to read for those over 30 years old. Shrink wrap silver neck capsule and Embossed design on top with no pull tab and a slightly thinner than normal bar topper with synthetic cork closure make it a bit of a challenge to get open, so plan ahead and open two if it is going to be that type of evening.
Other: The copper lambic still they use is a rare and unique type of still of which only 2 are known of in their country.
Final Thoughts: Well done white rum which is quite smooth for a unaged white at an excellent price for the quality. A bit more forward and not as smooth as the gold – but that’s what you want in a white rum
Website : http://www.essentialspirits.com/
A somewhat minimal but well laid out website with some pictures and backstory.