Lost Spirits Colonial-American Inspired Rum
Lost Spirits // California, USA
With their patented hyper-speed spirit aging technology, California-based Lost Spirits has caught the attention of the spirits industry, and the Colonial-American Inspired Rum is their genesis and calling card. It’s the first rum crafted via their complete and now patented maturation process involving heat, light, and charred wooden blocks to create the equivalent of twenty years of barrel aging in a week’s time. Although other distilleries are now licensing this maturation technology, the Colonial American Inspired rum is the prototype, proving its viability. Don’t put too much stock in the “Colonial Inspired” part of the name, however. While rum was produced in colonial America, it wasn’t considered to be of great quality--the label even reads, “This probably tastes a lot better than colonial rum did.” Bottles are very hard to come by as it’s made in extremely limited quantities of only a few hundred bottles, sold only through Bounty Hunter Rare Wine & Spirits, bringing a hefty premium over other Lost Spirits rums.
Dark RumAKA Black Rum. Usually aged (but not always) and has additional caramel-coloring added to provide the dark/black color. Some are distilled from blackstrap molasses. No specific type or size barrel required for aging nor is there a set time required for aging in most countries with a few exceptions.
"Despite the absence of artificial coloring, the Colonial American Inspired is an intense, dark copper tone. The nose brings to mind butterscotch, backed by a bit of smoke. Taste-wise, it’s unlike any rum you’ve ever had. At full strength, the initial entry burn is momentarily challenging but quickly segues into lush candied plum rolled in cocoa powder. It’s not sweet, despite the mid-palate stone fruit. The finish brings to mind the last smoky, burning embers of a campfire. A bit of water to drop it to 100 proof tames the initial burn and accentuates the smoky, roasted finish. If you must mix this, a properly made Old-Fashioned (spirit, sugar, bitters, ice) will let this rum shine."