Do you want your spiced rum candy? Effectively, have I obtained a rum for you. Canerock, coming to us from the oldsters at Maison Ferrand (which owns Plantation), has an unimaginable pedigree, sourced utilizing 100% aged Jamaican rum (5 to 10 years outdated) from Lengthy Pond and Clarendon, two of probably the most famend distilleries on the island, for the bottom of the rum. Not solely that, it’s completed in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. What non-spiced rum can declare that?
So what’s a rum like this doing slumming with added vanilla, ginger, coconut — and clearly plenty of sugar? I’m nonetheless attempting to determine that out. Positive, all of the elements are high-end examples of their ilk, however the high quality of the bottom product nonetheless feels exhausting to measure as much as.
Whereas we ponder all that, let’s style the stuff.
The nostril is intense — intense — with vanilla first, then coconut, giving the aroma one thing of a coconut cream pie character. There’s a lot of this duo that it successfully covers up the rum portion of the spirit, making it tough to find out precisely what it’s you’re sipping on at first. On the tongue, generalized sweetness dominates instantly — molasses and brown sugar, then vanilla syrup. A number of the underlying rum turns into extra evident after this rush fades, the sherry factor including a gently winey high quality to the spirit.
The oxidation of the PX sherry is obvious because the end builds, however solely barely, because it’s powerful to muscle via that lingering sweetness. Whereas I did gravitate increasingly more to this rum as I sipped on it, I by no means reached some extent the place issues felt utterly balanced, with sweetened coconut notes clinging closely to the again finish. Whereas clearly that is designed for mixing, it’s so candy that you could be must be cautious along with your selection of mixer to keep away from blowing your cocktail out utterly — sure, even when you’re on the seashore.
B+ / $30 / canerock.com [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]
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