Cruzan 151 Rum
Cruzan // US Virgin Islands
What would a tiki bar be without at least 151-proof rum? While one brand's offering is ubiquitous, a host of other more flavorful competitors are vying for a place on your back bar. One such rum is Cruzan 151, made on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It's aged for at least one year in ex-Bourbon barrels, and manages to provide a bit more than the punch of ethanol.
Gold RumRum that is often aged, but can also just have caramel-coloring added to provide color. No specific type or size barrel required. No set time required for aging for most countries with a few exceptions.
"Once poured, the rum was left to breathe for several minutes to mellow. Nosing from a careful distance, there is still considerable astringency, but there is also an oak note along with caramel, vanilla, toffee, and the impression of a fruit basket. The rum enters with ample heat and spice, but is quickly followed by toast slathered with butter and jam. There is also a tannic presence that quickly coats the mid-palate, which is coupled with a saccharin bitterness. After this comes a bit of red pepper and pencil shavings the latter of which dominates on the finish. Combined with some water, the fruitiness comes to the fore, showing orange, lemon and grapefruit. The now lower proof spirit also brings out the buttery note, but the bitter component still carries the day on the extremely unpleasant finish. Best use for this one? Tiki pyrotechnics."