Flor de Caña Gran Reserva Rum
Flor de Caña // Nicaragua
Flor de Caña, Spanish for “sugarcane flower,” is the only mass-produced rum line from the Central American country of Nicaragua. Distillation is done in a three-column still, before aging in ex-bourbon, white oak barrels stored in a thermally insulated warehouse to reduce the angel’s share. A close look at the bottle reveals a raised outline of a sugar cane stalk. Although the bottle has a prominent “7” on it, the brand no longer claims a minimum seven years of aging.
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.
"In the bottle, the Gran Reserva exhibits a dark copper hue. Nosing reveals mild aromas of cola and wood, with none of the lighter fruit elements present in most rums. The initial flavor brings to mind the oak cask where it aged, but in time yields to dark roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate. There’s a brief, very slight hint of sweetness, but that quickly turns to a very dry, roasty finish that goes on seemingly forever. The mouthfeel and flavor point to zero sugar added post-distillation--a bonus. If you’re looking for a sweet, sherry cask (or similar) finished offering like the Plantation line, this isn’t your rum. But if your target is a solidly crafted, Spanish-style rum, this is a very respectable choice."