Stroh // Austria
A true oddball rum, Stroh (not Stroh’s, the beer) dates back to 1832. Back then, Austria had no ready supply of molasses or rum from Caribbean colonies, so they approximated it by blending ethanol with a number of flavorants. Although modern-day Stroh has an actual rum base, the unique flavor of the original lives on and is a cultural touchstone of many Austrian desserts. The Stroh 60 at 120 proof is somewhat of a rarity outside of Europe. The brand is best known for its face-melting 160 proof version, often used when a meager 151-rum won’t cut it.
Spiced RumRum that is flavored with a variety of spices, natural or artificial. They can be aged, though there is no requirement to do so.
"The nose is unlike any other rum you’re experienced, spiced or not. Huge butterscotch and petrochemical aromas. On the tongue the flavor is less vinyl-like, and more artificial vanilla and cherry, with a mild sweetness. There’s less burn than you’d expect for a 120-proof rum. The finish brings back the butterscotch, but in some genetically-mutated form. This is a rum for shots, setting on fire, and bad decisions. It should never appear in your tasting glass."