OK, so we have been doing rum reviews here lately instead of Vodka reviews. We will get back to vodka reviews shortly, as soon as I finish all my dead soldiers I have been reviewing. in the mean time, another rum review from our ‘Rum Guy’. And yes, as one comment stated, he does taste the rum mixed with soda…..as well as straight. In case you have not heard, most of the rum marketplace use it for mixing………..
Today’s candidate for election into the Rum Guy’s Top Ten rums is “Cayman’s Reef Barbados Rum”. This is a mysterious rum, as the bottle indicates it is imported and bottled by the Cayman Reef Rum Company in that famous rum hotbed of Princeton, Minnesota just a few miles north of Minneapolis. This town of less than 4,000 sits on the appropriately named Rum River. However, web searches for the name of the company, and/or the name of the rum are fruitless. It is evidently connected to World Spirits, LTD in Princeton, but there the search dies as World Spirits is privately owned and evidently doesn’t release much information about itself.
The clear-glass bottle is attractive with the name and two palm trees etched in gold offsetting the darker amber liquid within. It states it is aged five years in oak casks. Pulling out the cork, the rum aroma is quiet but flavorful. Sipping straight, you can taste a hint of chocolate, and a brief kiss of blackberries. This 80 proof rum mixes very well with both regular and diet colas with very little back-bite. The finish is very smooth. While it is not a perfect match for fruit juices it does not clash either. It is good for frozen Boat Drinks. This rum is soft and easy, like old comfortable house shoes, but like house shoes, you wouldn’t take them to a party.
At under $20 a bottle, this is a good rum for the price. As a candidate for the Top Ten, however, it does not win the election. It is not a great rum, but I could see buying it again.
The Quest Continues……