Friday, February 18, 2011

Barbados, Rum-YUM!

More important than where you stay is what you’re going to drink. Rums are a large part of any Caribbean island but especially Barbados. Barbados is home to the oldest brand of rum, Mount Gay. Being the oldest does not necessarily mean that it is the best, you decide. Tell us what your favorite brand of Rum is. A few of them have been outlined below for you.

Mount Gay Rum
Mount Gay’s history is one of passion, courage and unshakable conviction. For over 300 years the brand has been defined by generations of visionaries, whose untiring quest for excellence and innovation explain why Mount Gay is the oldest, as well as (according to mountgayrum.com) the greatest, brand of rum in the world. You can check out the visitors' center  while you are there too.

Tommy Bahama White Sand Rum
Clear rum distilled from fermented molasses. Aged at least two years in used whiskey and bourbon barrels. Designed by Sidney Frank Importing Co, the guys who designed Grey Goose vodka, Tommy Bahama White Sand is a light-bodied rum with a distinctive coconut note in the front of the taste profile.  Aged at least two years in Barbados and then bottled at the Foursquare Distillery, this rum has been years in the making.


Old Brigand/R.L. Seale

The medium-amber rum, colored by 10 years aging in oak, reveals a wonderfully sophisticated bouquet, with sweet-but-earthy aromas of fresh cut cane, buttered sweet potato, dried plum and raisin, clove, cinnamon. Initial Taste is fully complex, though lighter than the aromas would lead you to expect. Olde Brigand is medium-full bodied, with a seriously traditional rum character and pronounced but pleasant alcohol. The finish is long and interesting for its variety: first sweet, then earthy, then ending more dry with a hint of anise.

Mahiki
The white is an aged rum made using a blend of pot and column distilled rums to ensure it is clean and slightly sweet. It is a versatile rum which can be sipped and savored with a mixer or served as a part if a more elaborate cocktail. The taste is light and sweet with hints of banana and exotic fruits with a long finish. Be sure to try to gold and cognac as well!

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