Puerto Rican rum is a hot product these days. It used to be that most rums from the island were fairly one-dimensional and exceptionally light. That’s no longer the case today. I had the opportunity to visit Destilería Serrallés in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 2011 and learned about the new “top-secret” they were working on at the time. A filtration system that removes the color from barrel-aged rum, leaving it pristinely clear. Well, that rum has made its debut in the U.S. recently, and it’s quite unique. Caliche Rum is a ground-breaking product collaboration of Roberto Serrallés of Destilería Serrallés, a renowned sixth generation family-owned rum business, and prominent hospitality and nightlife impresario, Rande Gerber.
The final product is a blend which includes a Sherry aged solera rum. The solera process is used to create Sherry, so it makes sense to try it with rum. The idea is to create a balance between three different ages of rum by moving the distillate between various casks, from top, middle and bottom. The oldest liquid is in the bottom cask and the youngest is on top. Some of the oldest rum from the bottom barrel is removed, then this barrel is re-filled with the next oldest rum, from the barrel above it, and so on. It’s a somewhat labor intensive process, but it all pays off in the end.
Caliche Rum (80 proof)
Nose: Lightly sweet.
Taste: Very light with little wood character. Slight tinges of vanilla, caramel and citrus, but very much in the background. Almost vodka-like with more minerality than typical rums.
Finish: Short, dry and basic, with a hint of crisp sweetness.
Overall: There is more body to this rum than most Puerto Rican rums, making it stand out when mixed with cola, coconut water or in a Daiquiri or Mojito.
GSN Rating: B+
For more information go to: Caliche Rum
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