Rum To Help Ease The Tax Pain

When tax day rolls around you don't want to be without something to help ease the pain, but you can't be expected to spend an arm and a leg! Don't worry, we've got you covered.
Apr 13, 2016
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    10 Pink Pigeon Vanilla Spiced Rum
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    This rum is produced from molasses and is unaged. It is infused with Bourbon Vanilla from Madagascar and Reunion Islands and orange peel and orchid leaves also from Reunion. The isle of Mauritius, where this rum is made, is also home to the pink pigeon bird where it is rare and endangered.
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    9 Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum
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    Plantation O.F.T.D. (Old Fashioned Traditional Dark) Overproof is a group effort. Alexandre Gabriel, Master Blender for Plantation Rum, brought together six rum luminaries--Jeff "Beachbum" Berry from Latitude 29, Martin Cate from Smuggler's Cove, Paul McFadyen from Trailer Happiness, Paul McGee from Lost Lake, Scotty Schuder from Dirty Dick, and Dave Wondrich, cocktail historian extraordinaire. Over many tasting and blending sessions, they formulated a rum ideally suited for use in top-shelf Tiki and tropical cocktails. The O.F.T.D. is a blend of rums from Barbados, Guyana, and Jamaica in the overproof dark style, and replaces Plantation’s Trinidad-sourced Original Dark Overproof Rum.
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    8 Mount Gilboa Rum
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    While most Bajan rums are a masterful blend of pot and column-stilled rum, Mount Gilboa is unique in that it’s 100 percent pot-still, made by the same distiller and facility that produces rums for Mount Gay. Unlike the vodka world, triple-distilling really means something with this expression. It makes three separate passes through the distillery's double-retort pot still. The production runs on this rum were relatively small and distribution was limited, so don’t pass up the opportunity purchase one if you find it for sale.
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    7 Crusoe Silver Organic Rum
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    Greenbar Craft Distillery claims to represent "the world's largest portfolio of organic, handcrafted spirits." The silver rum is crafted from organic molasses, the resulting spirit is micro-oxygenated, and there is no charcoal filtering. The resulting color is nonetheless crystal clear.
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    6 Zuidam Flying Dutchman Dark Rum No. 3
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    The Netherlands has a long history of distillation, dating back to the 1600s. In addition to the big names like Bols, craft distilleries such as Zuidam crank out an extraordinarily large number of spirits while retaining a reputation for quality. Master Distiller Patrick van Zuidam is considered one of world’s top distillers. The Flying Dutchman No. 3 is aged for at least three years in a combination of new American oak, first-fill Oloroso sherry, and first-fill Pedro Ximénez sherry barrels. Note: This is not currently available in the U.S.
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    5 Panamá-Pacific Rum 9-Year
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    Panamá-Pacific Rum is the brainchild of San Francisco-based Haas Brothers, an importer, marketer and merchant of distilled spirits since 1851. Estate-grown sugarcane is harvested from the renowned Panameño growing region of La Provincia de Herrera, then small batches of molasses are fermented using special proprietary yeast strains. The mash is distilled in an antique Coffey copper column-still and rested in American oak casks.
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    4 Ron Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum
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    This is the Venezuelan distillery’s flagship rum, called “exclusiva” as a tribute to their 18th century founder Don Juancho Nieto Meléndez, who was always in search of exclusive flavors for his rums. It’s a blend of 12 year old copper pot-still rums made from both molasses and sugarcane honey, aged in ex-bourbon barrels.
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    3 Don Q Signature Release Single Barrel 2005
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    The first in a line of new vintage products from Don Q. This 2005 vintage is a single barrel product aged in used American bourbon barrels. In an effort to stay true to their endeavor of creating a true single barrel product the rum is only blended with water for proofing and no other rums are used in the blending process.
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    2 Chairman's Reserve The Forgotten Casks Rum
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    In May of 2007 Saint Lucia Distillery experienced a major fire. In the chaos that happened during the aftermath, this rum was forgotten for a time by the cellar master. When it was discovered it was decided to make a special blend in commemoration of the event. The rum is a blend of Coffey still and continuous -still distillate; it is aged separately according to still type in former bourbon and Tennessee whiskey barrels before being married together in oak to complete the aging process for an additional 5 years. All told, the rums are aged from 7-12 years.
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    1 Novo Fogo Tanager Cachaça
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    Novo Fogo cachaça begins with freshly cut, certified-organic, estate-grown sugarcane that is crushed within 24 hours of harvest and immediately fermented for no more than 18 hours. The Tanager (Portuguese for "little bird") is an expression that is aged in two different types of barrels. First, it is aged one year in Four Roses bourbon barrels that have been disassembled, sanded out and lightly re-toasted. Then that distillate is finished for 2 to 3 months in arariba (Brazilian zebra-wood), which imparts its red color.