product: Denizen Rum
packaging (bottle): I like it...sort of retro looking.
ABC (alcoholic beverage control): 40% (80 proof)
fun fact: Denizen starts with aged and fresh charcoal-filtered Trinidadian rum from the Angostura distillery, where they are column-distilled and aged up to five years in small bourbon oak barrels.
awards: Gold Medal - Best Buy, 92 points, International Review of Spirits award
Finalist, 93 points, Ultimate Spirits Challenge
Silver Medal, 2011 New York International Spirits competition
about (from website): Aged and fresh charcoal-filtered, column-distilled Trinidadian rum from the Angostura distillery and trace amounts of 15 types of Jamaican pot-still rums are brought together and blended in Amsterdam by master blenders who have been handcrafting Caribbean-style rums for more than 300 years. The result is a crystal clear white rum aged up to five years with three dimensions of flavor reflecting longtime traditions in rum production that have been distilled out by mass-produced modern rums. Inspired by the Latin word Deintus meaning “from within” and commonly used to describe free-spirited people who traveled the world in search of new experiences, Denizen Rum was developed as a spirit that embodies liberation, rebellion and bravery.
my thoughts/review: Smooth, yet flavorful and heady with notes of coconut, sugar cane, and vanilla that finishes with a slight woodiness on your tongue. Pleasant enough for sipping, yet bold enough to shine in any mixed drink or cocktail. One I will look for "on purpose".
further info: find Denizen Rum on...Website, Facebook and Twitter. I recommend using Denizen in this Spiced Daiquiri, especially around the holidays...but be careful- it packs a major punch!
adapted from Marshall Altier of NYC's Jaybird
yield: 2 cocktails
4 oz. Rum (such as Denizen)
1½ oz. Fall Spiced Syrup see below
¾ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
freshly grated nutmeg/cinnamon stick, to garnish
Place rum, spiced syrup, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg &/or cinnamon stick.
Fall Spiced Syrup
½ c. sugar
½ c. water
big pinch each of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, & allspice
3 whole cloves
Place everything in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture just comes to a boil. Turn off heat and let sit until cool. Strain through a fine sieve (lined w/ cheesecloth, if you like). Store in fridge.*I received a free bottle of Denizen Rum to try, taste, test, and review, should I choose to. All opinions stated in this post are 100% my own.
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