Monday, October 12. A large group of enthusiasts were looking forward to this rum tasting, held online for a long time. Wrapped in a fabulous black box, 4 samples of rum were waiting to be opened, Mount Gay Black Barrel, Mount Gay XO, 1703 Master Select 2016, and a preview of the 2017 release of the 1703 Master Select.
When looking at the line-up, no wonder we all looked forward to this evening.
This range had been named after a good looking man Bill McCoy. He was a legendary Prohibition-era smuggler. Bill McCoy used to build yachts at the start of the 20th Century. He was very good at it, but the economy took a bad turn and he had to diversify.
He didn’t really agree with prohibition and in January of 1920, he started rumrunning. He must have been very good at that too, as soon he became public enemy number 1. And he never even broke the law, as he anchored his boat in international waters!
Rum, another adventure, a new challenge. Curious as I am, I looked up the meaning of the name La Hechicera. This is Spanish for ‘enchantress’ and pronounced as ‘etch-ee-seh-rah’. Try that a few times before and after a couple of glasses filled with rum when the magic kicks in.
Using the solera method of ageing in American white oak barrels, La Hechicera is a wonderful blend of mature rums between 12 and 21 years.
This captures the character, exuberance and diversity of Columbia.
Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendars are back for the sixth year running with an award-winning range to ensure every drinks enthusiast can count down to Christmas in the company of their favourite spirit.
For 2017, classic favourites including Whisky, Gin and Rum are joined by exciting new additions, including a Calendar packed with whiskies from renowned independent bottler Douglas Laing, and another filled to the brim with incredible gins from the world’s best distillers, bottled by That Boutique-y Gin Company.
Mount Gay Rum is the oldest brand in the world. This brand dates from the year 1703 and is produced by Mount Gay Distilleries Ltd. in Barbados. This brand is characterized by its own unique character and is sold in 110 countries.
You can imagine I was excited about this range, that I was going to drink.
This online twittertasting was another discovery than any other. The discovery of Cachaça. Cachaça is an unique organic Brazilian product. Yaguara Ouro Cachaça is a product of 5 generations of family passion and dedication. A family brand, good for 120 years in the making. This is the first time they are introducing an aged cachaça to EU.
But what is the definition of Cachaça? We received a pocketbook / journal where the following was described;
‘The typical and unique designation for the sugarcane liquour produced in Brazil, with an alcohol content of 38-48 volume percent, at twenty degrees Celcius, obtained by the distillation of the fermented juice of the sugarcane’