GSN Review: Dead Head Rum

From Good Spirits News on Jun 18, 2013

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1_130538750_3 The art of distilling is sometimes overshadowed by the art of the bottle which contains the spirit.  The Deadhead Rum bottle certainly stands out on the backbar.  Perfect for tiki-philes and lovers of kitsch, the bottle is actually a plastic cover which wraps around the glass bottle within, and is decorated with hemp “stitching”.  But, what of the rum itself?

The rum hails from the Licores Veracruz S.A. de C.V. distillery located in Veracruz, Mexico.  A blend of distilled molasses and sugarcane juice, it is fermented through local airborne yeast (pretty cool), and then double-distilled.  Finally, it is charcoal filtered and aged for at least six years in ex-sherry barrels.

All in all, a unique process creating a unique rum in the most unique bottles I’ve ever seen.

Deadhead Rum (80 proof)
Visual: Light gold.
Nose: A lot of vanilla, with additional spices like cinnamon, a touch of clove and black pepper.
Taste: Quite dry, woody and not at all sweet.  The vanilla is most prominent, but the overall impression is of charred oak.  Not dissimilar to the flavors found in American whiskey.
Finish: Medium long with a lingering heat in the back of the throat.  Very intense, crisp and dry.
Overall: For an aged rum, this is very different from most, with very little molasses sweetness retained.  This makes it less of a sipping rum, and more of a blending rum.  Although honestly, this would make a fine Rum Old-Fashioned when married with just a touch of simple syrup.
GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Deadhead


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