Whilst experiencing and exploring Thailand with all of its wonders, I've been won over by it's vibrant nature, it's colourful and creative food, but most important, it's appetite for alcohol.
SangSom, for me, is a great and noble representative for Thailand's great liquor culture, this 5 year old, special amber rum has fuelled my love for anything rum again. It's distinctive character makes it stand out to many tourists and locals alike, most believe it to be spiced, I'm putting that down to it's major ingredient Molasses, aka 'black treacle', a natural sweetener mostly found common in brown sugar.
It has a successful past, winning gold for a liquor competition in Madrid, Spain during 1982 and again in 83, including winning over the people of Dusseldorf, Germany. Though maybe forgotten these days by travellers and bartenders across the world, it's still well respected by few and revered by it's connoisseurs as 'SangSom Gold Medallion'. Superb on ice in this country profound for it's heat and humidity, cheers!🥃
We finally tried the newly released Criterion rum from Foursquare Distillery. Packs a flavour punch at 56% ABV, a slight burn at the first sip, but our palate seems to have adjusted after, with a more spicy rather than fiery feel. Dried fruit, a bit smoky, well balanced, surprisingly smooth. The oak doesn't overpower, with some sweet notes from the ex-Madeira and ex-bourbon cask, and a nice, long finish 🥃🥃 #rum#barbados#criterion#limitededition#singleBlendedRum#agedrum#guardiansOfRum#rumming
Heaven on earth. Think Cancun, Ixtapa or even Acapulco. Glorious churros with a house made Mexican chocolate dipping sauce and their own aged Rum Old Fashioned Chicano. Both smoked before serving, you smell heaven before tasting it.
The #NavyGrog is a classic #tiki invented by the legendary #DonTheBeachcomber in #PalmSprings in the early 1940s. The original recipe calls for #honey , and a good earthy #rawhoney —like our #almondhoney , #wildflowerhoney , or even #avocadohoney varietals—adds that funk that you want in a tiki.
How To Make A Navy Grog:
- 1 oz. #honeysyrup
- 3/4 oz. fresh #limejuice
- 3/4 oz. #grapefruitjuice
- 1 oz. #darkrum
- 1 oz. #lightrum
- 1 oz. #agedrum (or something with some funk, like #cachaca or #rhumagricole )
- Topper of club soda (about 1 oz.)
- #Mint and a a lime wheel for garnish
Combine the honey syrup, juices, and rums in a shaker with ice, shake, and strain into whatever glass you want (a tiki mug is best; hi-balls look cool too) also filled with ice. Top with club soda, and garnish with a sprig of mint and a lime wheel (cut a slice halfway through the lime wheel to attach it to the rim of the glass. [#FunFact ] many consider tiki drinks to be the most authentically American genre of cocktails, built out of wartime fantasies of the South Pacific. What we love about tiki cocktails is their exuberance. They’re playful, typically involving way more ingredients than are necessary. They combine citrus flavors with savory and earthy flavors. And they often look stunning.
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#BarFaithBottleTalk : Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23. Ok after all the Negroni Week fun, I'm back on the rum train (boat?). 😉 This is one of the more popular 'higher end' rums that is pretty widely available on the market. It was my first 'fancy' rum and one that is often recommended to people venturing into rum and first entertaining the thought of rum as a sipper instead of just an ingredient in fruity sweet drinks. Just as it makes no sense for someone to swear off whiskey after some bad experiences with Fireball or swear off vodka after having a bad "birthday cake" vodka 😆, one should not discount rum until they've properly given it a fair chance. Ron Zacapa 23 is super smooth and delicious, and hence is a great introductory #rum for those seeking beyond the marketing-contrived world of "dark rum" that's ruled by Captain Morgan and Myer's. "Dark rum", which btw means absolutely nothing as a taste/flavor category since color manipulation (either adding or removing) is extremely common for #rums in order to adjust flavor (i.e. spices, extra molasses/caramel, etc), mouthfeel/viscosity, or general appearance. Both the Captain and Myers are only lightly aged, if at all, and their dark color is due to the molasses and other flavorings/spices added back into the spirit after distillation. I won't harp more on color here (see #BarFaithFlordeCana and #BarFaithSmithAndCross for more), but the @zacaparum 23 will provide a much closer representation of an aged rum. It's on the sweeter side for true rums (nothing compared to those spiced/flavored rums though!), and I wouldn't read much into the 23 year number (more on rum age statements later), but this is a gorgeous bottle and fine sipper to add to your (hopefully burgeoning) rum collection. 😉