Our other spirit obsession (not Tequila) is the wonderful world of Rum from which we have over sixty different brands behind the bar. We have Rums from all over the globe, some highly collectable, some over-proof and some that will make you think you're eating chocolate! It's such a versatile spirit, enjoy it however you prefer, whether straight up, over ice, or maybe a Daiquiri. Here are five of our bartenders' recommendations.
El Dorado 12 Year Old ….. £3.00
A Demerara rum from Guyana that is distilled using a twin pot still. On the nose it is full of tropical fruit and spice essence. It also has hints of burnt cedar. On the palate it is full bodied yet is quite a mellow and rounded rum, with flavours of vanilla, toasted oak, tobacco and citrus hints. On the tongue it has a pleasant leathery, velvet feel.
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva …… £3.20
A Venezuelan rum made from molasses aged in small oak barrels for 12 years. On the nose it has a rich syrup and coffee fragrance, as well as enticing thoughts of tequila and bananas. On the palate it has caramel, butter and a cognac-like fruitiness, reminiscent of dates. It has a medium body to it with a sweet and slightly nutty finish.
Ron Zacapa 23 Year Old …… £6.95
A Guatemalan Solera aged rum (a blend of 6-23yr old rums) and is made from the first press sugar cane honey. This one has really long slow legs and a dark amber colour. On the nose it is sweet and complex like cola syrup that hints at vanilla, treacle, dried fruits with subtle nuttiness. On a second go at a sniff you get strong spiciness, wet grass and greenery. On the palate it has chocolate, toasted oak, spiciness and has a smooth and dry body with a wonderful sweet finish and just enough burn.
Chairman's Reserve …… £2.80
A St Lucian style rum. It is a selection and blend of continuous and double pot still rums personally selected by the chairman. It's very light in colour and has a rich nose of strong dry oak, orange and apple. On the palate it is quite soft and subtle with a reasonable amount of earthiness with a short spicy finish.
Plantation Jamaica 8 Year Old Rum …… £3.95
The name says it all, though it is a great representation of a Jamaican rum. It has quite thin legs and is pale amber in colour. On the nose there is a hint of metal and sweet bananas followed by a full fruity cognac quality. On the palate at first you a get a sweet burn and once this has worn off there is a conflict between buttery coffee and generous fruity flavours. It has a medium finish that leaves you wanting to try it all over again.
And another four delectable rums for good measure...
Angostura 1919 (Trinidad & Tobago) ….. £3.40
The complex nose reveals aromas of cocoa, molasses, caramel and vanilla. On the palate it is exceptionally smooth with flavours of chocolate, nougat, honey and almond butter. Try it neat or in a Daiquiri.
10 Cane (Trinidad & Tobago) ….. £3.40
Aged in French oak barrels for six months, 10 Cane is light gold in colour with aromas of pear and vanilla. The finish is extraordinarily long, with notes of sugar cane and oak. Let it stimulate you in our house Mai Tai.
Matusalem 15 Year Old (Cuba) ….. £3.40
Bring the glass to your nose and sweet vanilla, molasses, caramel and plum will hit your senses. Velvety smooth with an exceptional bouquet and delicate flavours - best enjoyed with a good cigar (where allowed!).
Flor de Cana Grand Reserve 7 Year Old (Nicaragua) ….. £3.40
Dry and spicy, with wood flavours from the new white oak where it rests. Very smooth with a warm and slightly spicy finish. In fact, why not spice it up in a Mule?
Want to know more about the magic of Rum? The Voodoo Rooms offer RUM TASTING SESSIONS as a group activity which can be booked with our events team. Please click here for more info or contact our events team by email here or by phone on 0131 556 7060.