T he time has come. I have been looking forward to this for the last couple of days.... Today we taste the Two Rums of Mid-Best Distilling.
We are not going to beat around the bush here let's pour some Rum!
Mid-Best's White Rum:
Aroma - Once I had it into a proper tasting glass ( I use just a straight sided – double shot glass) – I discerned a stronger aroma than what I did just bottle sniffing. Molasses leaps out – You get a bit of alcohol carrying a sweet after whiff – It actually has a taste.
Sip – Smooth, but it has a almost no alcohol “bite” to it but a sweet taste. Still, a tart feel follows in the mouth, that slowly turns molasses. Some might say a bit of a medicinal taste is present – for me – no. It's more complex but that tartness and the alcohol do start a flavor that could be termed medicinal. It fades fast and as I type this a full minute or so has passed since my last sip and there is a nice after-taste in my mouth. Clean, yet sweet, without over doing it. It tends, in my book, toward a sipping Rum, but many might just use it as a GREAT mixer. Since t is favor ridden it will add to a mixed drink in both flavor and, of course, alcohol.
I added a splash of water. It tended to play down the aromas and soften the taste. That “medicine” flavor was greatly reduced leading me to clearly recommend this a s very good mixing Rum. The complex sweetness stood up and really a nice mouth feel. A lump of ice – and having the rum cooler even fired up the flavor more. Clean, nice, memorable.
In the glass, the rum shows strong legs so there is a lot in your hand. It is totally clear and clean in appearance.
Mid-Best - Holly's Red Rum
For me this is the main event. Aged in Cherry-wood – this delightfully red colored rum has a lot going for it.
Aroma - This one blew my socks off when I bottle sniffed it. That is not a fair test though so we poured some. Wow, the cherry is on top in the aroma list. Its smell is so different and very pleasant. It does bring out a butterscotch vapor and led me immediately to...
Sip – Oh my, how different IS that? Very often oak aged Rums begin to imitate whiskeys. Not a bad thing but whiskey does whiskey best. Many aged rums however has a great balance of the charred Oaks and used barrels to make a drink uniquely Rum. Red Rum is definitely one of these. I'm not going to kid you, you will react when you taste this. My reaction was to close my eyes and let the liquid wash through and sit in my mouth. The Cherry-wood lends a slight woody flavor with that cherry taste that you get when you cook using cherry wood chips, and get the smoked flavor into your food. Mid-Best gets that sweetness into their rum! The flavor is mellow, milder yet the overall taste is bolder (is that possible?) What I mean is it does not grab you it develops in your mouth. It takes time. I was so slow in finally getting around to swallowing it! Even after I did there were more flavors. A very likable after taste, you really taste cherry at that point – less wood.
Water in and I tried more (what a tough job I have...). The flavors mellowed completely and I went with a new pour over ice... Yes – This is a sipping Rum – A nice glass – a good hard rock of ice, or chilled stone as we see so often and you have a treat. I think ice would be better because the introduction of a bit of water really makes this step up. Silk smooth, bold but not harsh flavor and wonderful after taste. Yeah sit back, sip, roll it around and reluctantly swallow, each of those actions will be rewarded!
In your glass - The red color, different from so many amber liquors may get you noticed. The legs are more discreet but the flavor here is rampant! The glass at the beginning of the article is Red Rum
Okay, over all – my impressions?
Mid-Best's White Rum? Good – Great mixer – For sipping I recommend a splash, and ice. Some may feel straight a bit harsh – but the overall flavor and after taste is excellent. As a mixer – This is a rum that will add to your recipe – so it get a strong YES in that category.
Mid Best's – Red Rum? Very good – the color red is different making anticipation of it great. The taste does not disappoint. This is a great sipping, fine drinking with ice kind of Rum. The smoothness is beyond most Rums I have ever tasted. The after taste is light, pleasurable and long lasting. It has a sweetness that is profound but not cloying – just enough to let you think of Cotton-candy, butterscotch and molasses but not fill you mouth with it. No problems here I say a big BIG yes on this one!
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