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World’s Best Rums: The Dos Maderas 5+3 Aged Rum

dos maderas 5+3 aged rum World’s Best Rums: The Dos Maderas 5+3 Aged RumThe Only Rum Aged in Jerez Sherry Casks

By Matt Golstein & Amy K. Haight

One of the most unique rums in the world, the Dos Maderas 5+3 Aged Rum Cask & Barrel is also simply one of the best rums in the world.  Aged for 5 years in oak in the Caribbean, then aged for a final 3 years in Spanish Jerez Sherry casks, the Dos Maderas Aged Rum is a unique and complex made with a masterful combination of maturation.  The Spanish Jerez Sherry Casks used to age the Dos Madera Rum have previously held Dos Cortados Sherry for a minimum of 20 years.  This is the only rum in the world that is aged in Jerez Sherry casks and it’s noticeable.  This is perhaps the most unique and complex rum we’ve ever tasted.  Almost with the complexity of a whiskey, the genius of the Dos Maderas 5+3 is in its subtlety and balance.  The rum qualities in this spirit are not over stated in the least bit.

Dos Maderas 5+3 Tasting Notes:

With a very light scent for a rum, tastes of oak, a complex and excellent finish, this is simply one of the best rums you will ever have.  With a great thick mouth feel for a rum there are flavors of syrup, honey and oak.  The Dos Maderas 5+3 comes with our highest recommendation.  Retail price is about $35.

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Liquor.com: A Rum Holiday Gift Guide

 Liquor.com: A Rum Holiday Gift GuideFrom our Partners at Liquor.com

If you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift for the rum fanatic in the family, then look no firther than the Liquor.com Rum Holiday gift guide.  Whether is for mixing classic cocktails or sipping straight on the rocks, here are some of the best rums in the world.  Whether from the Carribean or Spain, the beauty of fermented sugar cane is perfect for the holidays.

From Hot Toddys and Tom & Jerrys to Eggnog, it wouldn’t be the holidays without a bottle of good rum. So, we enlisted all-star mixologist Julie Reiner, owner of tropical New York bar Lani Kai, to pick five spirited gifts.

El Dorado 15 Year Old Special Reserve ($36):
Guyana has a long history of producing fine rums, and this bottling is no exception. Plus, the “soft, subtle Demerara rum makes a great rum Old Fashioned,” Reiner says.

Mount Gay Extra Old ($50):
Rum isn’t just for shaking cocktails, of course. “When I’m looking for a rum to sip neat or with a cube of ice, I go forMount Gay Extra Old,” Reiner says.

Rhum J.M White ($35; 1 Liter):
“This rhum agricole makes one of the best Daiquiris I have ever had,” Reiner says. It hails from Martinique, where the spirit is traditionally distilled from sugar cane instead of molasses, and as a result “is much brighter.”

Ron Zacapa XO ($100):
With “hints of dried fruit, vanilla and spice, this is a wonderful fall and winter sipping rum,” Reiner says. The GuatemalanZacapa XO “deserves its reputation as one of the finest rums in the world!”

Santa Teresa 1796 ($40): 
Reiner first tasted this Venezuelan liquor when she was opening her bar Flatiron Lounge in 2003. “Not only is it delicious to drink on its own, but it also makes an exellentHemingway Daiquiri.”

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Introducing the Kraken Black Spiced Rum

Kraken Black Spiced Rum 300x225 Introducing the Kraken Black Spiced RumFastest Growing Rum in the U.S.—-Download the Kraken Phone App & Video Now

The New Kraken Black Spiced Rum is the fastest growing rum brand in the United States.  Named after the legendary sea creature, the Kraken Rum has a phone app and you can check it out here, along with the brand new commercial.  The Kraken Caribbean black spiced rum is enriched spice notes of ginger, cinnamon and clove.  The Kraken can be enjoyed as a sipping rum, and works best as a rum base for cocktails, such as rum and coke.  At 94 proof, the Kraken can be got for $20 a bottle.  Check out the phone app and commercial below.

 

Kraken Black Spiced Rum Phone App & Video Promo

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Summertime Cocktails: Classic Mojito Recipe

mojito cocktail mixed drink 159x300 Summertime Cocktails: Classic Mojito Recipe The Cruzan Rum White Mojito

With today being officially the first day of summer, the Whiskey Goldmine would like to break out some classic cocktail recipes that will help you cool off and relax. Whether in a heat wave, relaxing on the beach or cooking out on the deck, the classic mojito cocktail is perfect for any summertime occasion.

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The Cruzan Rum White Mojito

1.5 parts Cruzan Aged Light Rum

2 sprigs of fresh mint (approx 10 mint leaves)

1 tsp. sugar Juice of half a lime, plus an extra wedge for garnish

Club soda Directions: Muddle the mint leaves with sugar and fresh lime juice in a sturdy, tall glass. Fill the glass with ice, add rum and stir. Top off glass with club soda. Garnish with lime wedge.

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Iced Tea Cocktail Recipes: Cruzan Rum, Canadian Club Whiskey

Black Cherry Tea 233x300 Iced Tea Cocktail Recipes: Cruzan Rum, Canadian Club WhiskeyHere are some new summery Tea cocktail recipes from Cruzan Rum & Canadian Club Whiskey.  Made by master mixologist, Bobby Gleason, whether you’re throwing a BBQ or heading to the beach, Canadian Club & Cruzan Rum can help add a classic kick to some great iced teas.  With June being National Iced Tea Month and June 10th being National Iced Tea Day, these cocktails are perfect for opening the summer.  

Black Cherry Tea Cocktail

1 part Canadian Club Classic 12

1 part Cruzan Black Cherry Rum

3-4 parts prepared ice tea (such as Nestea or Arizona)

Lemon wedge for garnish

Directions: Build cocktail over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge on the rim.       

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canadian club logo 300x163 Iced Tea Cocktail Recipes: Cruzan Rum, Canadian Club WhiskeyPeach Tea Cocktail

1 part Canadian Club Classic 12

1 part DeKuyper Peachtree

3-4 parts prepared ice tea (such as Nestea or Arizona)

Lemon wedge for garnish

Directions: Build cocktail over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge on the rim.

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Mango Tea Cocktail

1 part Canadian Club Classic 12

1 part Cruzan Mango Rum

3-4 parts prepared ice tea (such as Nestea or Arizona)

Directions: Build cocktail over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge on the rim.

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The Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum, Blended with St. Croix Rainwater

Cruzan 9 years aged spiced rum The Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum, Blended with St. Croix RainwaterBlended with St. Croix Rainwater and 9 Spices, Aged in Oak Barrels

By Matt Goldstein

Distilled on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1760, Cruzan rum is made and extracted from the islands famed sugar cane.  Developed in a very fast fermentation process in order to avoid wild yeast strains and unwanted bacteria, the rum is then put through a unique five column distillation process to reach a specific level of purity.  After being blended with St. Croix rainwater and 9 different spices, the rum is then aged for in oak barrels.  The 9 spices are as follows:  allspice, vanilla, cinnamon, pepper, ginger, nutmeg, clove, mace, and juniper berry.      

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The Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum Review and Flavor:

The scent is complex yet somewhat sweet, very much like a good cognac.  The flavor is sweet and spicy, with hints of vanilla and sugar cane.  Dry, slightly bitter, and Navan vanilla cognac esque,  Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum has a beautiful sweet finish and spicy vanilla aftertaste.  This is an excellent rum enjoyed neat.  There is no ice needed for this composition of beautifully aged and spiced rum.  We highly recommend Cruzan 9 Years Aged Spiced Rum.  If you like Navan Vanilla Cognac by Grand Marnier, you will love the Cruzan 9 Year Spiced Rum.  The Cruzan is actually less sweet, more refined, more complex and a much better overall spirit than Navan.  It’s a must try!       

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