Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Road Trip!!

All righty then. Things are set -- we have a workable itinerary. A bit of disappointment as well but, a fun time is planned! Let's do a quick and final update to the East coast trip, and a preview of a short trip to Iowa (still upcoming -- end of May)...

So, we will be in the Carolinas and we plan to go through Kentucky and bits of Tennessee as well. We will be stopping to see Striped Pig as planned, also Fair Game. The disappointment is we will not get a chance to visit with Muddy River Distillery. Robbie and Caroline will be out promoting their fine rum and the stills will be silent. I was looking forward to this - but we will hook up again soon I hope. I did get a promise to get a bottle of the Queen Caroline Reserve and I AM looking forward to that and will be reporting on that taste once we get it!

So be ready all you on the coast-lands. Who knows what else I may find while there. Already we find a Copper Horse Distillery that we may just drop into while traveling -- we'll keep you updated.

In Late may - we have a baseball tournament to see at the famed "Field of Dreams" in Dyersville, IA. While there we plan to explore any distilleries in the area, and will make a concerted effort to visit Cedar Ridge Distillery, but depending on schedule and time -- we are not sure what day we will get there - but we will try to keep all informed... More on this as the dates come closer.

Just a short one today -- hoping to be helping you find a distiller near you or on YOUR vacations - stop by one -- and please tell them you heard about them -- Here:

Thursday, April 16, 2015

#RTRR Hits the Road, 2015 Travel!

It's been a bit quiet here because we've been making plans for Summer Travel with Rick The Rum Runner hitting Distilleries, wherever we can! Now, mentioned here will be our intended locations and hopefully we will not only get to those, but also we find one or two more. So let's set the scene and the calendar. 

We will be in North and South Carolina beginning May 7th, through the 12th. I will be there as one of my son's graduating that week and we wanted to be there. That said, it gives us a chance to re-visit and visit a great place to be a tourist and Rum Lover.

Our first proposed stop will be Muddy River Distillery.  this is not our first meeting with
Robby and Caroline, two fun and dedicated Distillers that make some great Rum as you read here. I am curious to see the changes they made and see if we can taste some of their latest creations. They've grown and gotten busier - hope we can hook up on May 7.

We are trying to get to visit Striped Pig Distillery on May 8 perhaps 10 or not till the 12th... I will be trying to set up this, ah, fluid schedule with them ASAP... This will be our first visit and I have had them on my map since we mentioned them here. I bet we will get there one of those days!

Our planned last stop will be Fair Game Beverage. Kind of new to use we mentioned them here. They have and intersting story and business and we are wanting to learn more! We hope to make contact Tuesday May 12.

Announcement for those who read the blog via DrinkWire, Liquor.com
So there are our plans. I will update as we get closer but want to say how things will go while we are on the road. I most likely post to the blog and/or American Made Rum, while we are gone. However, I most likely not send any/many of them to DrinkWire.com. I tend to send the more Rum centric posts there and I would imagine that most of my blurbs from the road will be short - picture loaded and low on Rum Content. So if you read my blog via DrinkWire, you might want to go to our blog and follow us there....

That's it for today -- Weather is getting nicer -- so let's pour one and savor the Rum!

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Tasting Rumson's Rum -- Part 2

Earlier we tasted bot the Rumson's Rum namesake Rum and the Grand Reserve. I was NOT disappointed. Both rums, made from blended, aged rums from Trinidad, blended and bottled here in the US had tremendous flavor, medium to hearty - full body and willing to stand up to ice and a splash of water. The namesake Rum would be a tremendous mixer for those who where making a mixed drink where they wanted the rich flavor of a rum to stand out. The Grand Reserve is a true sipping Rum (sure -- feel free to mix it) that brought me to the beaches I've loved in the past. Bound to be a deck-sitting sunset treat.
Today we sample the two flavored rums offered by Rumson's. Lets read what they say about the Coffee Rum at the website:

Rumson’s Coffee Rum

Fine Caribbean rum, lightly aged, and custom blended at Rumson’s. As a mixed drink or
neat, this spirit will please the most discerning palate. Rumson’s Coffee Rum is smooth and sweet, with a warm roasted coffee flavor, a hint of vanilla, and a decadent buttery finish. For your most indulgent adventures – Rumson’s Coffee Rum – Smooth, Sweet, Memorable.

I have to say the popping of the cork brought forth a really wonderful smell of dark, rich coffee with sweet aromas of caramel and vanilla. Let's taste.
There's a spiciness up front, then a velvety smooth transition to sweetened coffee. I have had three or four coffee flavored Rums - each with their own profiles. This is a standout as well. I would recommend this as a Dessert Rum! Don't think I have ever called a rum a dessert before. Rumson's Coffee Rum in a glass -- Accompanying a cup of coffee? Yeah -- that would be very nice. How about over Ice cream? Make it a soft ice cream, so the liquids marry into an Irish Sailors Creame. It's that good and that rich. It is sweet so pairing it with sweet is not necessarily where you want to go. Let the Rum supply the sweet and carry the treat! I can say -- this is also good alone, I say room temp, undiluted - treat it like a Cordial.... Fun, and quite satisfying. Coffee and rum is a natural mix, and mix you should. Imagine a stout coffee bolstered with rum and a sweet to the tongue flavor -- Just pour into steaming, black coffee and that is what you'll have.
If you are looking for a coffee flavored rum or wanting to try a flavored rum -- I can recommend Rumson's Coffee Rum! Have fun!

Next we look at Rumson's Spiced Rum. For those of us that were introduced to spiced rum by "The Captain"... I for one was unimpressed. However, upon entering the world of craft rums and flavored craft rums to give competition, the crafts rums have pleased me over all. Yeah, Coke never had it so good.... Of course Spiced Rums are much more versitile. Bar None Drinks website has a BUNCH and they would be a good start to begin a love affair with Spiced Rum. Let's see what Rumson's Spiced has to offer:

Rumson’s Spiced Rum

Fine Caribbean rum, lightly aged, and custom blended at Rumson’s. This spirit is a perfect
companion to your favorite mix or delicious straight up. Rumson’s Spiced Rum is smooth and sweet with a tasty nutmeg, vanilla and butterscotch finish. For your Bolder adventures – Rumson’s Spiced Rum – Smooth, Sweet, Memorable.

Their description is short - concise and to the point. The bouquet upon de-corking is almost honey-like. Yes A light but sweet smell; butterscotch all day and for sure nutmeg. It's swallow time.
My - not as sweet as one would think (that is the lightness I found in the aromas). Spicy -- good spicy. I really DO taste the nutmeg -- nice. While vanilla is present the butterscotch/caramel is a knockout. 
I do like to sample spiced rums using a coke mix as part of my taste test, just because it does seem to be the most popular use. Again, the sky is the limit and use some of the recipes linked above and experiment. that said... The spiced rum partners very well with cola. A dash of lime would bring the spicy Cubra Libre to life. A happy Thumbs Up from me on a great Spiced rum now available to us all.

Let's Look Back

All four Rumson's Rums are superbly blended  well aged and market ready. For those of you not near Massachusetts -- the online ordering is a blessing. These will be great additions to your Rum Shelf at home -- and when shared -- you will become VERY popular!
So for Neat drinker, purists, mixers, sippers, dessert lovers  -- You almost can't miss which flavor you try! I can recommend every one!
I think it's time to settle, pour and sip a bit - so until next time -- I am
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