Saturday, 11 July 2015

Noob's Summer rum guide for cocktail mixing

Forget Bacardi, use these rums for mixing the perfect Mojito or Daiquiri!

1) El Dorado 8 Year Old

Top rum from a top rum producer, El Dorado 8 is perhaps one of the very best rums in the world for under £30, equally amazing in both sipping it neat or cocktail making.

El Dorado 8 Year Old Demerara Rum is golden amber in colour with a light citrus nose that slowly becomes fuller and rounder. Hints of poached pear, gingerbread, quince and dried fruits develop. The palate is a complex mix of light spices, nuts, ripe fruit, smoke and wood with notes of candied orange, allspice and macadamia nuts in the forefront. A smooth and mellow finish fades away cleanly with a citrus, nutty finish. Great depth and can be sipped or mixed into luxurious cocktails. 

RRP: £27

2) Banks 5 Island
A very full body, flavoursome rum which is unusual for a white rum, try it in a Daiquiri.

Banks 5 Island Blend is a pure, dry, flavourful white rum blend with unprecedented complexity, character and depth. The rum is carefully charcoal filtered to remove the pale colour but retain its aroma and flavours. A unique blend of 21 rums from 6 distilleries from 5 islands

RRP: £40

3) Flor de Cana 4 Year Old Extra Dry
A wonderful aged white rum, the super dryness offers plenty of creative cocktail innovation, use it in place of a gin in a Negroni or a Tom Collin.

A crystal clear, light-bodied, silky rum that blends well with juices, colas, soda and tonic water. It’s perfect for mixed drinks. A soft, round entry leads to a smooth, dryish medium-bodied palate with vanilla, coconut, and a dash of bourbon barrel spiciness. Finishes with a long fade of dry sugar cane and toasty vanilla.

RRP: £22

4) Botran Reserva

A sweet and mellow rum from Guatemala, loved by top bartenders around the world, try it with a Rum Old Fashioned.

A complex blend of rums that have been aged between 5 and 14 years where flavours of freshness and aging are masterfully harmonised. Woode notes on the nose with vanilla undertones. The palate is rich with dry apricot combined with cloves and cinnamon and caramel. The rum industry in Guatemala was created specifically to produce distilled spirits.Guatemalan rums have been made out of virgin honey or brown sugar ever since their distant beginnings.

RRP: £35

5) Plantation 3 Stars

A great cocktail making rum, a fine selection of Caribbean rums are put together with a elegant French touch by a cognac master blender to produce this refined white rum. 

Plantation 3 Stars Silver Rum is a skillful blend of the best the Caribbean has to offer from Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad. Each Island has a distinct rum style developed over centuries and brings its own special character to Plantation 3 Stars Silver Rum: matured Trinidad rum imparts its classic elegance, Barbados delivers sophistication with a balanced mouth feel and Jamaica conveys its unmistakable structure and rustic edge.

RRP: £23

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