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October 13, 2011

RUM, RHUM, RON & CACHAÇA

AGUA LUCA CACHACA
Excelsior Imports
Country of Origin: Brazil


Gold Medal Winner 2006

Distilled from the fermented juice of high quality, hand cut sugar cane within 24 hours of harvesting, Agua Luca employs artisanal techniques and traditions which have been refined over 450 years. It is then filtered 12 times to produce a smooth and lively finish. Among its accolades, Agua Luca cachaca proudly holds the Silver Medal of the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the most prominent international spirit competition held in the U.S.

CLEMENT, RHUMS
Clement USA
Country of Origin: Martinique

Rhum Clement Premiere Canne White Rum

F. Paul Pacult, Spirit Journal, June ’05, 4 Stars, Highly Recommended Rhum Clement Premiere Canne White Rum, June ’05, “Crystal clear and very clean. In the first whiffs I detect grassy/beany notes of sugar cane, cola nut, vanilla bean, and fresh, flowery spirit just off the pot still; after another six minutes in the copita, the aroma narrows its focus on the grassiness; a one-dimensional bouquet, but compelling in its purity just the same. The palate entry is sensational, in that, the narrow aroma becomes a broad, expansive, and generous early taste that includes healthy doses of cocoa bean, bittersweet chocolate, black tea, and unrefined sugar; the midpalate acts as a reinforcement of the palate entry, adding a more pronounced element of fresh, raw spirit. Concludes gracefully in the throat, with subtle notes of sugary sweetness, zesty spirit, and vanilla. What white rums should be. Liked this incarnation more than their Clement Blanc from the early ‘90’s; Silver Medal San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 05

Rhum Clement Creole Shrubb

F. Paul Pacult, Spirit Journal, June ’05, 3 Stars, Recommended “ Yellow/gold in color; impeccably pure. The first nosing is greeted by a delectably acidic and mildly sweet scent of orange peel (this is a smooth tasting concoction made from a maceration of rum, sugar cane syrup and orange peel); further time in the glass reveals a deft touch of raw cocoa that rounds out the bouquet nicely. The palate entry is sweet, thick, and suitably orangey; at midpalate, the orange peel zestiness kicks it up a notch in intensity, thereby countering the sugary sweetness. Ends up sweet, a bit intense, and appropriately orangey.

Rhum Clement VSOP

F. Paul Pacult, Spirit Journal, June ’05, 4 Stars, Highly Recommended “ The amber/autumn leaf gold/honey color is very pretty and pure and very immature brandy-like. The first sniffings pick up muted aromas of brown sugar and milk chocolate; aeration time of another six minutes does little in the way of stirring further aromatic development, except for traces of peanut and black pepper. The elegant yet assertive palate entry is firm, peppery, moderately sweet, and cane-like; at midpalate, the flavor profile turns silky in texture, semisweet and cocoa-like to the taste, and eminently elegant and sophisticated in style. Finishes sweet, honeyed, medium-bodied, svelte, and utterly yummy.

FAZENDA MAE DE OURO CACHAÇA
Dhow Trading Corp.
Country of Origin: Brazil

Fazenda Mae De Ouro Cachaca


Silver Medal Winner

Fazenda Mae de Ouro, when translated into English, literally means “The Mother of Gold Farm”. Named for their farm and for the beauty and the golden sunsets, this family tradition has tremendous respect for Mother Earth and their workers who produce this golden distillation. Their distillation in Brazil is called ‘Cachaca Alimbique” because they produce limited quantities in small batches using traditional copper pot stills for distillation.

"Most cachaças deserve their firewater reputation—not Mãe de Ouro Cachaça. Oak aged for a year and made in small batches.... it is easy and friendly on the palate, with a light sweetness, a generous mouth feel and a clean cane tingle. There’s a slightly woody finish, but not unpleasant or overwhelmingly filled with vanilla. A great step up for making premium Caipirinhas.", Jack Robertiello Recommends, Cheers Spirit Tasting

"It's exciting to find a cachaça that is actually sippable apart from making caipirinha cocktails. This is a bottle that can really shake up customers pre-conceived notions of this spirit category. Its sugar cane spirit base really shines through without tasting like something you'd fuel your truck with and without the price tag of rhum agricole. The fact that it has some whisky barrel aging, of course, captures my heart.", Review by LeNell Smothers, Owner, LeNell’s Ltd. NY

GOSLING’S RUM
Castle Brands Inc.
Country of Origin: Bermuda

Gosling’s Rum is a Bermuda Tradition that goes back seven generations. In 1806, the Gosling family left London for America . Becalmed at sea, James Gosling put in at Bermuda where he set up shop leading to what would become the finest line of rum in the world.

Gosling’s Black Seal Rum

Black Seal has become synonymous with Bermuda . Gosling’s Black Seal Rum is made from a 150-year old family recipe, using the finest distillates and aged in charred American oak casks. It has a rich, intricate flavor, well balanced and nuanced with butterscotch, vanilla and caramel. The trademarked “Dark ‘n Stormy”, the official drink of Bermuda , is made with Black Seal and ginger beer. “Deep, assertive and highly flavoured. Very fragrant with herbal sharpness. At the finish there is a softness and elegance. A most complex, unusual spirit”, quotes The Beverage Testing Institute which awarded this rum a Platinum Medal and Best Buy.

Gosling’s Gold Bermuda Rum

Gosling’s Gold Rum is a recipe handed down through six generations and is a lighter rum, impressing enthusiasts the world over. This is luscious amber liquid delivers a full rich smooth flavor, with a nose of vanilla, apricot, mango and a lightly smoked oak character. The taste is smooth but robust, with hints of citrus, tropical flavors and nutty undertones. Gosling’s Gold includes products of both pot still and continuous still distillates. One imparts flavor, the other yields a subtle elegance. A blend of pot still distillates aged five years, this unique proprietary blend is what sets Gosling’s Gold apart from others. Awarded a Gold Medal at 2003 International Rum Festival.

Gosling’s Old Rum

Appropriately called Gosling’s Family Reserve Old Rum, it is crafted from the same incomparable Bermuda blend that Gosling’s uses for their renowned Black Seal Rum. It is rested in oak barrels, aging until it has acquired an extra luscious, nuanced complexity much like a rare Scotch or Cognac . A spirit this unusual deserves more than the usual bottle and label. So, Gosling’s takes each bottle, hand-label it, dip it in wax, number it, encircle it with a metal band and then place it in a straw-filled wooden box reminiscent of days past. At the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Old Rum was honored with a Double Gold Medal.

J.M. Rhums
Country of Origin:  Martinique

Celebrated single estate cask-strength Rhum JM debuts in the U.S. this Fall.

This September, Clément USA Inc. will introduce the celebrated Rhum JM from Martinique to key markets around the country. Benjamin Jones, head of Clément USA explains, “The interest in Rhum Agricole is fast growing in the US, so we believe the time has come to introduce JM’s exceptional rhums to select audiences.” JM’s highly recognizable packaging – a squat bottle with a label displaying a wood-cut of the distillery – reflects the rare characteristics of these Rhums.

A single estate rhum from a unique terroir

Regarded as the “Rolls” of Rhum Agricole, JM is made exclusively from selected sugar cane grown on JM’s Bellevue estate. Located at the foot of the Mt. Pelée volcano in Martinique and surrounded by tropical forrest, JM enjoys a unique terroir.

Meticulously crafted and cask-strength bottled

All JM Rhums are meticulously crafted from the fresh juice of the carefully pressed sugar canes. After fermentation and distillation of the vesou – the fresh juice of the sugar canes – the rhums are aged before bottling. During their aging, the level of alcohol progressively drops. Because JM never adds water to reduce the alcohol content of its rhums, the younger white and oak-aged rhums will be shipped at 50% ABV while older blended and vintage-dated rhum will ship at 45-50%.

Rhum JM Blanc

The Rhum JM Blanc combines the intense power of the best sugarcane on the island of Martinique . Aromas of white pepper and lilies give way to pineapples, raspberry and warm biscuits on the palate. The finish is long and dry. Perfect for delicious fruit cocktails, a mojito or a simple Ti’ Punch

Rhum JM Gold

Aged in small oak barrels for a minimum of 12 months, JM Gold displays a rich golden color. Its flavors are dominated by fresh cane with notes of spices and fruit. On the palate its aromas of dried fruit coat the palate. Long finish. Enjoy in a side-car!

 Rhum JM Special Reserve

JM Special Reserve is a blend of 4- and 5-year old rhums selected and blended together to create a fine sipping aged rhum. Aromas combine cane flavors, spices and dried fruits.

“This rhum has the spicy characteristic style of JM…It combines the smooth taste of alcohol with delicate woody notes.” Martine NOUET

Rhum JM Vintage

This gorgeous 10-year old rhum – vintage1997 has just replaced 1996 – has elegant copper tones. Its generous bouquet of toasted nut, lemon and sage is followed by flavors of fruit cake, mango and passion fruit with hints of white pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. The explosion of aromas on the palate is matchless.

Rhum JM Rare Vintage “Leather label/Green top”

Always 15 years old, Rhum JM Rare Vintage currently showcases the 1992 vintage. With an intense copper color and mahogany reflections, its visual appearance is as pleasing as its remarkable flavors and gastronomic qualities.

Rhum JM 1992 offers an opulent bouquet of dried orange peel, banana, and nutty aromas followed by a smooth expression of ripe papaya and mango on the palate. The finish explodes with an extraordinaire range of spices and tobacco nuances perfectly .

KHUKRI RUM
Nepal Distilleries
Country of Origin: Nepal

This rums enigmatic dark color offers an elegant contrast against the shimmering gold foil of the bottle’s label. The aroma, as expected, is robust and generous, broadcasting signals of wet oak, dry fruits and caramel. Khukri Rum expands nicely in the palate as well, reinforcing the olfactory notion of a well-rounded rum. Hints of butterscotch, licorice and nutmet can be derived from its complexion. Not surprisingly, considering its origins in Nepal, this rum begs to be consumed with hot water or in any hot beverage. This is an outstanding rum from a distillery which has been at it since 1959. Without a doubt one of Nepal’s last secrets. (Source: Luis Ayal gotrum.com)

MOUNT GAY RUM
Remy Cointreau USA
Country of Origin: Barbados

Mount Gay Extra Old Rum

Brilliant copper color. Lush aromas of toffee, Bananas Foster, roasted nuts and brown spices. A smooth, oily entry leads to a dry full-bodied palate with rich roasted nuts, toffee and brown spices. Finishes with a long vanilla bean, spicy bourbon oak and toffee fade. A decadently rich aged rum that is a tru classic (Source: BTI, rated 95) Won 6th Grand Gold Medal at the Monde Selection 2003. Won Silver Medal at 2003 International Spirits Challenge. Awarded High Quality Trophy from Monde Selection 2002.

Mount Gay Eclipse Rum

Golden amber color. Sweet, buttery, warm caramel and dried autumn fruit aromas. A round entry leads to a dry, glycerous medium-bodied palate with subtle toffee, cocoa powder, spice pepper flavors. Finishes gracefully with a nice impression of sherried oak, caramelized nuts and spice. A classic gold rum that is tasting better than ever (Source BTI) Won Bronze Medal at 2003 International Spirits Challenge.

Mount Gay Mango Rum

Clear. Perfumed apricot and mango candy aromas follow through to a moderately sweet, glycerous light-to medium-bodied palate with floral mango juice, pineapple an apricot candy flavors. Finishes with a lingering perfumed, bittersweet mango essence. Has a feminine and distinctive fruity quality for mixing, try in pina coladas (Source BTI)

Mount Gay Vanilla Rum

With 300 years of leadership in premium rum production, Mount Gay has expanded and entered the booming flavored rum market with the debut of both Mango and Vanilla. These both offer an unique blend of the authentic Mount Gay Eclipse Rum and a burst of natural flavors to create smooth, well-balanced and refreshing rums.

CLEMENT, RHUMS
Clement USA
Country of Origin: Martinique

Rhum Clement Premiere Canne White Rum

F. Paul Pacult, Spirit Journal, June ’05, 4 Stars, Highly Recommended Rhum Clement Premiere Canne White Rum, June ’05, “Crystal clear and very clean. In the first whiffs I detect grassy/beany notes of sugar cane, cola nut, vanilla bean, and fresh, flowery spirit just off the pot still; after another six minutes in the copita, the aroma narrows its focus on the grassiness; a one-dimensional bouquet, but compelling in its purity just the same. The palate entry is sensational, in that, the narrow aroma becomes a broad, expansive, and generous early taste that includes healthy doses of cocoa bean, bittersweet chocolate, black tea, and unrefined sugar; the midpalate acts as a reinforcement of the palate entry, adding a more pronounced element of fresh, raw spirit. Concludes gracefully in the throat, with subtle notes of sugary sweetness, zesty spirit, and vanilla. What white rums should be. Liked this incarnation more than their Clement Blanc from the early ‘90’s; Silver Medal San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 05

Rhum Clement Creole Shrubb

F. Paul Pacult, Spirit Journal, June ’05, 3 Stars, Recommended “ Yellow/gold in color; impeccably pure. The first nosing is greeted by a delectably acidic and mildly sweet scent of orange peel (this is a smooth tasting concoction made from a maceration of rum, sugar cane syrup and orange peel); further time in the glass reveals a deft touch of raw cocoa that rounds out the bouquet nicely. The palate entry is sweet, thick, and suitably orangey; at midpalate, the orange peel zestiness kicks it up a notch in intensity, thereby countering the sugary sweetness. Ends up sweet, a bit intense, and appropriately orangey.

Rhum Clement VSOP

F. Paul Pacult, Spirit Journal, June ’05, 4 Stars, Highly Recommended “ The amber/autumn leaf gold/honey color is very pretty and pure and very immature brandy-like. The first sniffings pick up muted aromas of brown sugar and milk chocolate; aeration time of another six minutes does little in the way of stirring further aromatic development, except for traces of peanut and black pepper. The elegant yet assertive palate entry is firm, peppery, moderately sweet, and cane-like; at midpalate, the flavor profile turns silky in texture, semisweet and cocoa-like to the taste, and eminently elegant and sophisticated in style. Finishes sweet, honeyed, medium-bodied, svelte, and utterly yummy.

Rhums J.M.
Country of Origin:  Martinique

Celebrated single estate cask-strength Rhum JM debuts in the U.S. this Fall.

This September, Clément USA Inc. will introduce the celebrated Rhum JM from Martinique to key markets around the country. Benjamin Jones, head of Clément USA explains, “The interest in Rhum Agricole is fast growing in the US, so we believe the time has come to introduce JM’s exceptional rhums to select audiences.” JM’s highly recognizable packaging – a squat bottle with a label displaying a wood-cut of the distillery – reflects the rare characteristics of these Rhums.

A single estate rhum from a unique terroir

Regarded as the “Rolls” of Rhum Agricole, JM is made exclusively from selected sugar cane grown on JM’s Bellevue estate. Located at the foot of the Mt. Pelée volcano in Martinique and surrounded by tropical forrest, JM enjoys a unique terroir.

Meticulously crafted and cask-strength bottled

All JM Rhums are meticulously crafted from the fresh juice of the carefully pressed sugar canes. After fermentation and distillation of the vesou – the fresh juice of the sugar canes – the rhums are aged before bottling. During their aging, the level of alcohol progressively drops. Because JM never adds water to reduce the alcohol content of its rhums, the younger white and oak-aged rhums will be shipped at 50% ABV while older blended and vintage-dated rhum will ship at 45-50%.

RON BOTRAN RUM
Dana Importers
Country of Origin: Guatemala, Central America

Ron Botran White Rum


Gold Medal Winner

Ron Botran Oro (Gold) Rum

Light copper. Strong brown spice nose. A vibrant attack leads to a full-bodied, mildy sweet palate with gobs of fruitiness and spicy flavor. Flavorful and enjoyable (Source BTI, rated 88)


Silver Medal Winner

Ron Botran Anejo 8 YO Rum

Dark amber hue. Sweet apricot and spice nose. A silky entry leads to a lush, off-dry, medium-bodied palate with fine dried fruit, cedar, and molasses flavors. Finishes with a smooth, smoky, wood note.


Silver Medal Winner

Ron Botran Anejo 12 YO Rum


Silver Medal Winner

Ron Botran Anejo Rums have a dark amber hue with a sweet apricot and spice nose. Silky entries leads to lush, off-dry, medium-bodied palates with fine dried fruit, cedar and molasses flavors. Finish with smooth, smoky, woodnotes (Source: BTI)

Ron Botran Solera Reserve Rum

Pale copper. Cedar, anise and berry jam nose. A racy entry leads to a medium-to full-bodied, voluptuous palate of citrus and caramelized fruit flavors. Mildly sweet with supportive alcohol. Highly enjoyable on its own or as a superb mixer (Source: BTI rated 93)


Gold Medal Winner

ZACAPA RUM
Dana Importers
Country of Origin: Guatemala, Central America

Zacapa Centenario 15 & 23 Year Old Rums


Gold Medal Winners

This rum was a specialty item made for just the owners of Industrias Licoreras (Distillery) for many years. This rum is produced in a small town in Guatemala which it's name is (Zacapaneca ). In this small town the majority of the population make their income from artisan products made from "Royal Palm". Which is considered art. The artisans pride themselves in making this masterfully crafted, hand-woven wrapper for Ron Zacapa.

This rum is aged like no other rum in the Caribbean. After distilling is complete they rest the rums in American oak barrels. The altitude where they age the rum, in Bodegas, is 8,000 feet above sea level where the weather is cool and limits the loss of a considerable amount of rum that naturally evaporates during the aging process. In some countries the lost product is called the (Angels Share). This allows the rum to have the aging of 23 years.

Many experts consider this rum to be the best in the world. This rum has earned its place in the history books as a benchmark for super-premiums. First place winner in the premium rums category in the 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 International Rum Festival tasting Competition. In 2003 it was honored by the International Rum Festival as the first rum ever to be inducted into its hall of fame. Highest Rum score in the Beverage Testing Institute of Chicago (98 point Rating).

This rum's dark brown amber color sets the tone for an exciting drinking experience. Well-rounded oak aroma speaks of aging and refinement. In the palate, layer upon layer of flavors including nutmeg, toasted hazelnut and a hint of caramel. Smooth finish, with a long aromatic persistence. Enjoyed best neat or on the rocks.