by / Thursday, December 1, 2011

Spiced Daiquiri + Denizen Rum {product review}

 product:  Denizen Rum

category:  alcohol/liquor/spirits

packaging (bottle): I like it...sort of retro looking.

appearance: clear

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...WebsiteFacebook and Twitter. I recommend using Denizen in this Spiced Daiquiri, especially around the holidays...but be careful- it packs a major punch!
Spiced Daiquiri
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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Heather is a Michiana-based food, drink, and travel writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, single malt Scotch, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.

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