Cognisant of the rise in non-alcoholic drinks – when this American Malt appeared in my local SuperValu I was intrigued enough to purchase one.
Promising a taste experience similar to bourbon – other offerings are available – could it deliver?
It certainly looks like a bourbon – although the legs are watery & limpid.
It even nosed like an entry level bourbon – caramels, vanilla & hints of toasty oak – despite no 51% corn or virgin oak barrel ageing.
On the palate it fell apart – watery & weak mouthfeel – but recovered on the finish leaving a warm spiciness that lasted a long time.
I’m not exactly the target audience – but the branding is good, the presentation is fine & despite the watery experience – it possesses some bourbony qualities.
Non-alcoholic drinks are clearly a growing market & Lyre’s appear to be leading trend setters.
I wish them well – but think I’ll stick to the real thing myself.
All images courtesy Whiskey Nut
Continuing my miniature rum exploration are 2 previously unknown offerings.
Cut To The Smoke, 40%
Cut Rum are distributed by ProofDrinks in the UK & To The Smoke claims to be the first smokey rum on the market.
I had to give it a go!
Rich dark brown appearance. Burnt toffee kind of nose. Enticing!
Soft, easy & smooth. Develops a lovely umami meatiness – like a honey glazed roast topped with spicy seasoning.
An entertaining little number!
Pott Rum 40, 40%
Pott Rum 40 has German writing on the label & I’m assuming originates from a ‘rumhandelshaus’ there.
Lighter shade of brown. Soft hint of funk.
A luxurious mouth coating envelops the palate in dark molassey depth topped off with gentle spice & fruity funk.
This duo are exemplars for the world trade in rum.
You may not know the distillery of origin, country or even marks used in the make up of these rums – but goodness – they are both highly enjoyable drinking experiences.
I’d gladly explore other offerings from both the Cut & Pott Rum ranges!