This post is long overdue. I managed to damage the notebook I kept my notes in, so here it comes before I lose the notes entirely.
I finally got around to finishing up my Smuggler’s Cove membership in an epic round of rum drinking during a San Francisco visit last year.
Here are my impressions:
Chairman’s Reserve Silver
A heavier white rum. Tart, spicy flavour notes, pleasant and with potential for citrusy drinks. Would mix with, not drink neat.
Exciting! This is a New England revival style rum. Tastes of mountain spring wayer. Odd — would drink again, neat.
Cachaça. Slightly yeasty nose. Thick, earthy flavour with bright flashes. Not as bad as I expected, but I would not seek it out.
Plantation Barbados 5 yo
Cinnamon, cloves, honey. Might try this again.
Since this I have on several occasions bought the Plantation Barbados on bottle and used for mixing.
The Scarlet Ibis
Trinidadian rum. Some licorice notes, tingly, pepper-sharp. Spicy. Might try to mix with.
Cruzan Single Barrel
Slight honey nose. Spicy, yet unassuming. Boring.
Agricole. Solvents, biting, unpleasant. Probably removes gummy substances. Aftertaste was, surprisingly, not nasty. Would not drink again.
Neisson élevé sous bois
Agricole élevé sous bois. Honey, burner spirits, and with a sharp aftertaste. Would not drink again.
La favorite vieux
Agricole vieux. New car smell. Pine. Plasticky. Boring flavour, but not actually offensive as a drink. Would not drink again.
And at this point, the collected agricoles and cachaças of this night produced a killer headache.
Novo Fogo Aged
Aged Cachaça. Boring start. Unpleasant finish. Did not even finish this glass.
Haitian rum. Herby, “christmas”y nose. Bitter, harsh head. Would not drink again.
Aged Jamaican. Unremarkable. Easy to get distracted from. Would not seek out.
Smith & Cross
London Dock / Export Jamaican rum. Honey, lemon, spice. Too strong. Dilution improves the flavour.