Monday, March 30, 2015

Tasting Rumson's Rum - Part 1

Rumson's Rum is a product of Trinidad. They are the suppliers to Pirate Dog Brand,  the company that blends, bottles and distributes Rumson's Rum. In that sense The rum itself is not made here in the USA, but Rumson's Rum is. The four varieties are blends of Caribbean rums to make the flavors that are Rumson's. That in mind I say Rumson's is an American Rum. It's Trinidadian roots are bought to life here in the US through the skills of people like Eric Glass (President Pirate Dog Brand, LLC) and others there, it becomes Rumson's. 
The Two varieties we will taste and write about here today are Rumson's Rum - the name parent of the Rum line from Pirate Dog Brand. The second their Grand Reserve.

From their Website we read:

Rumson’s Rum

A composite of fine aged Caribbean rums, custom blended to create a unique flavor
exclusive to Rumson’s. Rumson's Rum is delicious neat or a perfect companion to your favorite mixer. This is a medium-bodied, floral rum with a hint of citrus, a bit of sweet and a crisp, warm finish. For every adventure, for every story, there is Rumson’s Rum - Smooth, Sweet, Memorable.

Let me pour a glass and savor.
First, aroma... Something about the smell of rum, for me, is exciting .. I can say this Rum excites you on cork-pop... There is in the aroma immediately and with a backdrop of citrus, and while not a spiced rum, I can detect floral, and a light molasses presence... 

Let's sip some:
The website description calls it :Medium Bodied," I wont disagree but don't take that as less taste or lighter in flavor, it is not. Full flavor but not smack you in the face flavor. This is a nice sipping Rum - It has the body to stand up to that. It has spent some time with wood, just a enough to bring the sound of rigging to your ears. The sweetness is molasses and sugar with a great sweet after-tinge of the molasses.It would make a wonderful mixer (BTW they have a nice recipe page), but this is nice, neat. The flavors and intensity suggest a higher proof, yet this is a very pleasant 80. I'm going to splash a bit of water inter and let's see what happens.

Ahhhh. This is getting to be one of my favorite ways to enjoy so many Rums. Rums with flavor. Rums we have missed for a century or more. The water breaks the aroma slightly but enhances (for me) the flavors. It brings the sweetness a bit more to the forefront -- a caramel/sugary taste. This will stand up to a melting ice fine, but I would add very little water if I used ice... Of course (and recommended) you can always freshen the mix with the bottle!

Rumson's Rum is recommended by the Rum Runner... Add this to the luscious list of Rums that we want to sit, watch the sunset in the sound of the breakers whispering to us... Nice.

Folks at Rumson's?? Well done!!

The second taste today is Rumson's Grand Reserve. Once more let's see what their website has to say:

Rumson’s Grand Reserve Rum

Our Crown Jewel - Exceptionally smooth, exceptional taste. A custom blend, this union of
fine, aged Caribbean rums, creates a refined flavor exclusive to Rumson’s. This rich, full-bodied sipping rum is remarkably smooth and delicious. A quick finish, with notes of caramel and butterscotch make this unique spirit the perfect choice for your greatest adventures – Rumson’s Grand Reserve Rum – Smooth, Sweet, Memorable.

First, I put my big nose to work, Wow, different for sure from the regular Rum, sweeter, caramel and burnt sugars with a bit of Cotton-candy and butterscotch wafting up. 
Sip.... A burst of sweet - yes butterscotch sweet and immediate. I get none of the citrus (or very little if I missed it) and more sweet. This is a full bodied, stand alone - Yeah I'll have two-fingers of that, Rum. Still 80 proof and so smooth. They say a quick finish - but it lives for some time with nice caramel after-tones. A bit of burnt wood... They have Rumson's Grand Breeze for the Grand Reserve recipe. I am all for mixing but if you like your rum neat -- this belongs on your Rum shelf. 
Next we did add a touch of water. The sweetness is pronounce and very forward. Swishing about in my mouth, it seems to gain a bit of body and much flavor with water. This would nicely stand up to ice and its melting. The mixture is a very nice combination. Boy, dockside sipping all day.

Rumson's Grand Reserve is a definite winner here at Rick the Rum Runner. 

There you go, two of the four Rums from Rumson's Rum. The medium bodied Rum that is the parent of the line and the full-bodied treat, Grand Reserve, that is for you and your best friends to savor.
The people at Pirate Dog Brand have done a great job on these two. I am sure the follow up on the Spiced and Coffee Rums will be fun to write as well. Wonderful job everyone!

As mentioned earlier, Rumson's Rum is only available in stores in Massachusetts. However Halleluiah!! They have an online outlet -- so YOU can have it sent to your home, or bar, or both. 

  So, later this week look out for Part 2 of "Tasting Rumson's Rum."

Friday, March 27, 2015

Let's Talk - Rumson Rum!!

One of the absolutely GREAT things about writing about some of the world's best Rums, made right here in the USA is that I get to sample. That is part of my job. Sample rum, write about rum... Sample rum, write about rum.
Still part of the job is to introduce you (Faithful Reader) to a Rum you may not know about - and that yo may very well want to place on your Rum shelf. So; Let's introduce Rumson Rum.

First mentioned here we took only a cursory look, as we often do, to a "new name" rum -- I put it in quotes because it may only be a new name to me. So from that little, bit back in January 2014, we have moved forward.

As fate may have it -- Rumson hit the market and hit the Massachusetts Market December 5th, 2014 - purely by happenstance the anniversary to the end of prohibition. Eric Glass (perfect name for a Distiller BTW), has been keeping me in the loop with making sure we knew about Rumson Rum. So Let's talk....

Their Website tells the story, and to rip off a bit of text we find:

Rumson’s: Smooth, Sweet, Memorable.®
At Rumson’s it's simple – We create exceptional spirits. We hand select and marry the finest barrel aged Caribbean rums. These rums are chosen for their distinctive and savory flavor profiles. The spirits are then blended and finished in our New England rum house. This process allows us to blend extraordinary flavors, while hand finishing our rum. The result is memorable spirits and memorable stories. Share them both.

So here we have a Rum that is the son of many rums... It DOES sound interesting. Now, truthfully, not all of the rum is made in the USA -- but -- Rumson's Rum is. It is created through making spirits and blending aged Caribbean spirits, so it is a high-bred for sure. Still the finished product that sits on the bar -- is Made in the USA. I like that idea.

So here we have a new Rum within our ranks.... You can buy it in Massachusetts and online (Just go to their website and click on Where To Buy)...

You can visit (and LIKE) their Facebook page as well.... You'll be hearing about what come next there and here

NOW !!

Rumson's was so very nice to ship us all FOUR of their Rums... We will be tasting and writing about that Right Here at RTRR (Rick The Rum Runner) next week. Please make sure you visit here and join us on a leisurely and in depth taste of each rum variety offered... It will be a good time.

So till next week when you will join me (I'm the guy with a glass in my hand) here at RTRR and we will savor Rumson's Rum.............. Yum

Friday, March 20, 2015

All Things Rum Under the Sun - March 20, 2015

Updating everyone on goings on in the Rum World. Recently we received world of a few changes and other important news -- Let's see what we have:







Tasting Room Has Now Reopened

You told us what you wanted and we made it happen. After about two months of revamping, The Hangar tasting room reopened softly last weekend to some great crowds. We would like to welcome you in this weekend to visit and now stay awhile. The State of Illinois would like you to know that this is not bar but still a tasting room. We can only serve cocktails made with spirits that we craft in house. Our menu is comprised of  simple drinks that we have found during our travels as well as some twists on old favorites. Don't be afraid to ask for your favorite rum or tequila based drink. Most of our Mixers will be made fresh in house as well. Enjoy a drink in a quieter and more intimate setting ( if you actually want to hear what your date has to say) and belly up to the wing bar (shown below) for a Blackhawks game. As always thank you so much fro your support!

Hours (for spring)

Fri 12p-10ish
Sat 12p-10ish
Sun 12p- 5ish
* We may be adding Thurs hours soon.
** Disregard hours posted on door for now

Some things to look forward to:

  • Food Trucks on weekends (send recommendations)
  • Grand Opening tentative Mid-April
  • Mai Tai Competition: Get out your best Mai Tai Recipe. We will be holding a competition in May. The winner will have their recipe featured on the summer menu along with other prizes. Get Creative!

New Hats Have Arrived!

 Snapback hats available at the tasting room now.
"Taildragger Girl"  T-shirts should be in this weekend as well


Out of Charleston - SC we have this news and always great to hear the word is spreading!

Front Porch Press Explores Striped Pig Distillery explores the culture of the south and recently wrote a great feature on Striped Pig. To read about what a great experience they had at the pig, visit their website and share your experiences at the distillery too!

I have been talking (read -- emailing) with Eric Glass, President at Pirate Dog Brand -- who has 5 -- yeah FIVE Rums headed out to me to taste and write about. The Rumson Rums are from Salem, MA, and we always love when the East Coast is hoping with news! Stay tuned here as we await the delivery and -- I will tell all!!!

There is a VERY good chance that we will be adding Fair Game Beverage onto our May Distiller Tour.... Stay tuned here for more!!
We may make some changes -- but the details are in this blog...

So -- as Spring arrives -- Think Rum and Rick, The Rum Runner (#RTRR)
However -- it is always important to remember ----
Lick The Glass

Monday, March 09, 2015

Is it Rum -- Is it Not??

 I first encountered a Rum based upon Sorghum when I visited Iowa in early 2013. You can read that experience here. While looking through posts on American Made Rum and looking through our email and even Twitter it seems we have another Distiller that has released a Sorghum based Rum(?)... Here is the information on the Fair Game Beverage Co's. release.

The Big Shindig!
Two years coming... Our spirits are ready to be released! We are of course throwing down in a big way, and the whole world's invited!  Our official spirit release party is on March 28th, between 5 and 11 PM.  Our friends at Abundance NC will be mixing up inspired cocktails and serving straight pours of our No'Lasses Sorghum Spirit and Apple Brandy, plus the fortified wine cocktails you've grown to love us for.  DJ Khaleeb will be working the turntables from 5 - 8 PM, spinning classic soul, rock n' roll, and R&B for the crowd, and from 8 PM on, expect a majorly rocking musical intervention in the form of Gasoline Stove.  Two great food trucks, exotic Korean BBQ from Kokyu and local favorites Capp's A'pizza will be on site, slinging food for your grumbling tummy.

Get your tickets now at, because the price goes up on March 25See you there!
NC Distiller's Association
We were so pleased to have hosted the NC Distiller's Association's quarterly meeting on Monday.  Small but strong (and growing fast!), this group of entrepreneurs knows how to inspire, motivate, and get things done.  Great progress was made towards consolidating our efforts as an association to get HB 107 and SB 24 passed in the state House and Senate, allowing distilleries in the state to sell the liquor we create out of our tasting rooms instead of solely through ABC.  To learn more about the legislation itself, visit this page, put together by our friends at TOPO Distillery, and feel free to contact us for ways you can help.

It's always so great to see our friends at distilleries around the state, including Muddy River, Durham Distillery, TOPO Distillery, Carolina Distillery, Brothers Vilgalys, Mother Earth Spirits, and so many more.  Great presentations were given by RAFI and Carolina Farm Stewards about the importance of using local agriculture in the creation of craft spirits. Thanks to Pittsboro Roadhouse, Cafe Diem, and the Phoenix Bakery for keeping us fueled and on our toes all day long!
Meet Kevin!
Take a minute to look again at the photo at the top of the newsletter... You may have noticed a couple of things.  First, meet Kevin, our new salesman and business development coordinator!  Be sure to run over and introduce yourself when you see him at our Liquor Release Party.  Second, this photo was taken the first day we started bottling spirit!  Chris, Rose, and Kevin spent the day bottling our No'Lasses Sorghum Spirit - check out how many cases they knocked out in just a few hours!


Now, its obvious that the No'Lasses Sorghum Spirit is just a mention here amidst the other fabulous news of Spirits releases - but it caught my eye so I had to mention it and talk a little bit about it.

According to the United States Government Federal Standards of Identity, the following paragraph offers an official definition of rum.
(f) Class 6; rum. "Rum" is an alcoholic distillate from the fermented juice of sugar cane, sugar cane syrup, sugar cane molasses, or other sugar cane by-products, produced at less than 190 proof in such manner that the distillate possesses the taste, aroma and characteristics generally attributed to rum, and bottled at not less than 80 proof; and also includes mixtures solely of such distillates.
The key words there are "sugar cane syrup, sugar cane molasses, or other sugar cane by-products.." I guess making it with Sorghum is not Rum. Another look at Sorghum, however,  yields this information: (Click for article). The two plants are similar, yielding similar products. My comment here is simple... If you get the opportunity -- taste it -- It is a bit different but not radically so. Darned good. The Mississippi River Distilling Company experience was very good.. I find it a lighter tasting "Rum". I would expect nothing less of No'Lasses....

So #1 Congratulations to Fair Game Beverages for hosting you spirits release party... I will be in SC in May -- I may try to link up somehow but in the mean time -- Party on!!

Monday, March 02, 2015

Watching the Rum World

I decided to hunt down some videos.... Here are a few I found that you might like...

Thanks to Muddy River Distillery for these and we hope to see you in May!!!

Muddy River Distillery makes a test batch of rum in minutes... 

I am fascinated at the process. Here is their 5 plate reflux column still at work... Excuse my while a pour a bit over a rock and watch with you...



Looking to make a nice, warm rum drink? I saw this and warmed right up!