It’s International Rum Day today – 16th August.
I’ve just found out – which was a bit of a surprise – as I’d only been down my local Tesco & picked up a bottle of Havana Especial to continue my exploration of all things rum.
Already my limited tastings are taking me down the barrel aged dark rum route.
The contrast of sweet caramels or darker molasses contrasting with spicy oaky tannins appeals to my palate – which is just what I found with this Cuban Rum.
Double matured in ‘old oak barrels’ & ‘ex-whiskey casks’ it says on the label – ex Irish Whiskey casks I later found out on Havana Club’s website – certainly piqued my interest.
Described as ‘amber coloured’ I found the nose caramelly sweet – with no real depth to it.
The palate started off very smooth & sweet too – but gradually built up a nice oaky spice as it warmed up.
Most of the flavour I found on the finish.
A prickly spiciness contrasting with a dark, almost burnt molassey note just rescued it from the overt sweetness at the start.
Overall an easy drinking everyday rum with just enough character & depth to enjoy of a balmy summer evening.
Happy Rum Day!