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by Capn Jimbo
Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:37 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Influence of air (oxygen) on rums
Replies: 3
Views: 3762

Re: Influence of air (oxygen) on rums

My experience here is really pretty limited, but I have lately noted a couple of aggressive younger rums (example Jack Tar) benefit markedly from a good airing in the glass especially at first opening of the bottle. Once the bottle has some air space these same rums do smooth out and become more acc...
by Capn Jimbo
Tue Dec 30, 2008 2:09 am
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Rum review: Ron Zacapa Centenario 23
Replies: 31
Views: 100291

Re: Rum review: Ron Zacapa Centenario 23

"The rain in Spain falls mainly on the... by George, I think I've got it!" Way back when, I spent a tremendous amount of time on this subject, only to be once again confused, so as to spend yet another big chunk of time. J, I think I've finally come to understand what's happening here, and it is a ...
by Capn Jimbo
Mon Dec 29, 2008 8:32 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Rum review: Ron Zacapa Centenario 23
Replies: 31
Views: 100291

Re: Rum review: Ron Zacapa Centenario 23

J... This is a superb analysis and I'm learning something from you. You have made the point that what is being called "first boil" (or food grade molasses) may be closer to "sugar cane honey" than I first believed. I agree with you that the term "sugar cane honey" seems to lack a precise definition....
by Capn Jimbo
Mon Dec 29, 2008 2:17 am
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: WIRSPA: Unplugged
Replies: 10
Views: 18201

WIRSPA: Unplugged

Are you a fan of Caribbean rum? Most people are. A recent survey found that eighty-five per cent of UK respondents stated they would be “more interested” in “trying rum from the Caribbean compared to rum from other parts of the world”, with 38 per cent saying they would be “a lot more interested”. I...
by Capn Jimbo
Mon Dec 29, 2008 2:04 am
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Rum review: Ron Zacapa Centenario 23
Replies: 31
Views: 100291

Re: Rum review: Ron Zacapa Centenario 23

Interesting post, but there is a huge difference between even "first boil" molasses and any cane juice syrup. I will try to keep this short: Consider the following and it should become abundantly obvious to all that there is a huge difference in "fresh juice" (whether concentrated or not) and molass...
by Capn Jimbo
Thu Dec 25, 2008 12:58 am
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Rum review: Ron Zacapa Centenario 23
Replies: 31
Views: 100291

Re: Rum review: Ron Zacapa Centenario 23

Hmm, to my unrefined ears this sounds an awful lot like the so-called sugar cane "honey" is a well-prettified word for - 1st boil molasses. Of course its much more marketable today to say we use "purest of sugar cane honey" instead of 1st boil molasses, but -- ? I too wondered about this. As it tur...
by Capn Jimbo
Sat Dec 20, 2008 6:15 am
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Rum review: Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva
Replies: 7
Views: 18375

Re: Rum review: Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva

Count, thanks for your review. I'd recollected that Reserva Exclusiva was just as you reported - one of the liqueur types - and accordingly I won't be buying it anytime soon, as the Twiggie category is quite full enough already, thank you. But this review raises another question. It's my hypothesis ...
by Capn Jimbo
Thu Dec 18, 2008 1:53 am
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Some Angostura information
Replies: 8
Views: 9414

Re: Some Angostura information

Wonderful, thank you. Bouchard states that the 1824 is double charcoal filtered "to make it more palatable". I wonder in what way - what characteristics do they intend to remove with charcoal? Any idea J?
by Capn Jimbo
Sun Dec 14, 2008 5:59 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Chill (and other) filtration in rum manufacturing
Replies: 7
Views: 19663

Re: Chill (and other) filtration in rum manufacturing

I'm with you Count. At least I think so, though I wonder what Richard Seale would say. Perhaps I'll ask him. Seems to me that filtration is subtractive. All spirits go through some filtration at some stage, actually at several stages. In the case of rum, the crushed cane is filtered to remove bagass...
by Capn Jimbo
Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:13 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Chill (and other) filtration in rum manufacturing
Replies: 7
Views: 19663

Re: Chill (and other) filtration in rum manufacturing

This is a fascinating question. The whole idea of filtering seems more oriented toward marketing - clear appearance, or perhaps to correct a distillation. I am not aware that this is all that common in rum making, but I really don't know - does anyone? Here's an interesting thread on chill filtratio...
by Capn Jimbo
Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:41 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Rum review: St. Nicholas Abbey Barbados Rum 10 Years Old
Replies: 5
Views: 7829

Re: Rum review: St. Nicholas Abbey Barbados Rum 10 Years Old

As some know, I have a particular affinity for Barbados, and am proud to have a bit of relationship and extremely high regard for Richard Seale. Seale is one of the giants of rum making and his products can be depended upon for integrity and consistent high quality. Accordingly, an agricole made on ...
by Capn Jimbo
Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:58 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Ron Antigua Bodega 1800 Six Year
Replies: 0
Views: 4408

Ron Antigua Bodega 1800 Six Year

Ron Antigua Bodega 1800 Six (6) Anos: "A Hot Toddy" Sue Sea and I have arrived at the point where we have tasted most all the important rums (and a few not so). Accordingly, we continue to search for the unusual, the new and especially for the hidden treasures - ideally, underrated and underpriced....
by Capn Jimbo
Sat Dec 06, 2008 4:26 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Coruba 25 year old Jamaican Rum
Replies: 5
Views: 26628

Re: Coruba 25 year old Jamaican Rum

As I write my Jamaican friend may be returning with her mystery purchase. I wasn't sure what she might be able to find or transport so I asked for: Coruba 25, Appleton Master Blender's Legacy, Sangster's Rum Cream and - are you ready - Rum Nation Jamaica Supreme Lord IV 21 Year!! I pray she finds th...
by Capn Jimbo
Mon Dec 01, 2008 2:25 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: "Buttery"
Replies: 0
Views: 2810

"Buttery"

As some of you know I'm mad for history, tradition and etymology. As for "buttery", allow me to digress for a moment and express my appreciation for this - the Count's website. One of the more intelligent, civil and respectful/respected rum (and others) websites on the net. Completely unlike my own,...
by Capn Jimbo
Fri Nov 28, 2008 8:45 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Rum runners
Replies: 1
Views: 2445

Re: Rum runners

Interesting link, Count. Turns out this article was posted on yet another conspiracy website, and ends with this somewhat paranoic proposition: It also speaks of our governments, and conspiracies and so on. What better way to make money, than to make something hard to get, making those who have it, ...
by Capn Jimbo
Wed Nov 26, 2008 1:23 am
Forum: News Repository
Topic: Cling film solution to keep the angel's share down
Replies: 5
Views: 14207

Re: Cling film solution to keep the angel's share down

Obsession, obsession! When I am faced with a new subject or interesting questions, I find it hard to let things lie and usually find myself researching once again. And so it went for this notion of - god help us - cling wrap. After much research the answers became clear (pun intended). Allow me to ...
by Capn Jimbo
Tue Nov 25, 2008 3:25 pm
Forum: News Repository
Topic: Cling film solution to keep the angel's share down
Replies: 5
Views: 14207

Re: Cling film solution to keep the angel's share down

My first impression - and please correct me if I'm wrong - is that barrel exposure to the air (read that again) is a two-way street, with alcohol being lost (the Angel's share) while oxygen/air passes in! Keep in mind that one of the most important factors in barrel/oak aging is oxidation of alcohol...
by Capn Jimbo
Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:22 am
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Traveller's 1 Barrel (Belize)
Replies: 9
Views: 15615

Traveller's 1 Barrel (Belize)

I've actually lost count, but at the Rum Project, Sue Sea and I have now reviewed close to 80 of the important rums of the world. A rum has to have a reasonable reputation, or somehow attract me for good reason before I spend my hard earned money. Accordingly, we have actually had very few bad revie...
by Capn Jimbo
Fri Nov 21, 2008 10:24 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Zaya 12
Replies: 19
Views: 23595

Re: Zaya 12

Ooops.. Although the old Zaya may have been subtly sweet, complex and smooth, the new is not. But while I really don't think much of Z-23 I found the new Zaya Trinidad a unique juxtaposition of heavy sweet and hot! A very unique flavored rum - a hot mama I really liked - and as many know I am anythi...
by Capn Jimbo
Tue Nov 18, 2008 2:56 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Coruba 25 year old Jamaican Rum
Replies: 5
Views: 26628

Re: Coruba 25 year old Jamaican Rum

I happen to like the ordinary Coruba (dark) rum that Sue Sea and I deemed both a unique mixer and alternative to Black Seal, and also one of two dark rums we felt made alternative and interesting sippers ( Link to Coruba Reviews ). Needless to say, I'm as interested in this 25 year as JaRiMi. It jus...
by Capn Jimbo
Mon Nov 17, 2008 3:22 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Tobacco infused rum
Replies: 16
Views: 27405

Re: Tobacco infused rum

Tobacco Infused Rum: a work in progress... Please forgive me for rattling on, but as a BSN/RN hospice nurse, I have a special interest in this subject. The case gets worse... Nicotine in large cigar: 400 mg Nicotine in cigarette: about 2 mg Worse, cigars are "fermented" or aged, and accordingly con...
by Capn Jimbo
Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:35 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Tobacco infused rum
Replies: 16
Views: 27405

Re: Tobacco infused rum

Points well taken friends. Interesting points of view. It is certainly true that alcohol - particularly in excess - can lead to erosion and cancers of the oral-esophogeal route. I see plenty of that in my practice. I've come to terms myself based on the data that alcohol - in moderation - is really ...
by Capn Jimbo
Sat Nov 15, 2008 6:32 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Tobacco infused rum
Replies: 16
Views: 27405

Re: Tobacco infused rum

The reason I asked is that I work as a hospice RN and see the sad outcomes of tobacco. Most people understand that smoking tobacco does indeed carry a high risk of lung cancer especially. What is not so well known is that so-called "smokeless" tobacco is of equal or higher risk for oral and esophoge...
by Capn Jimbo
Sat Nov 15, 2008 3:44 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Tobacco infused rum
Replies: 16
Views: 27405

Re: Tobacco infused rum

Tell me, I'm under the impression that tobacco (in any form) is a carcinogen. True, and/or have you considered this factor?
by Capn Jimbo
Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:41 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Rum review: Ron Matusalem Gran Reserva 15 Solera
Replies: 9
Views: 9366

Re: Rum review: Ron Matusalem Gran Reserva 15 Solera

I'm having hard time to find anything citrusy or peppery in the finish though... Is it by the smokiness and pepperiness you define a cigar rum? Count, great questions and I will defer to Sue Sea on this one. She is really quite amazing and has the unique attributes of being a bit obsessive and has ...
by Capn Jimbo
Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:37 am
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Rum review: Ron Matusalem Gran Reserva 15 Solera
Replies: 9
Views: 9366

Re: Rum review: Ron Matusalem Gran Reserva 15 Solera

Thank you for a great review! Thought you might enjoy Sue Sea's notes... At first I picked up a light alcohol prickle - not in a bad way. This rum is quite complex and requires airing. I found a high citrus orange, vanilla, oak and below some clove, a hint of cinnamon and leather. My early taste was...
by Capn Jimbo
Sun Oct 19, 2008 3:02 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Bacardi, the Puerto Rican Rum That Will Be Forever Cuban
Replies: 1
Views: 1929

Re: Bacardi, the Puerto Rican Rum That Will Be Forever Cuban

An interesting article indeed. Throughout their history both in and outside of Cuba, the Bacardi empire has been consistent only in pursuing domination in the rum business. In political regard they have been pro-Cuba/anti-Spain, anti-US, pro-Us, pro-Castro/anti-Castro. The common element? Whatever/w...
by Capn Jimbo
Sun Oct 19, 2008 2:47 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Zaya 12
Replies: 19
Views: 23595

Re: Zaya 12

Better to have loved than never loved at all Jimbo, if you don't want to love it you might as well send it to me :P. I am curious as to where you found the information that Zaya is the old Z23? Ooops. Sorry Count, I didn't mean that literally. Only that Zaya was likewise birthed by Industrias Licor...
by Capn Jimbo
Sat Oct 18, 2008 5:45 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Rum review: Clément Rhum Vieux VSOP
Replies: 5
Views: 6650

Re: Rum review: Clément Rhum Vieux VSOP

Count, I'm still getting around to trying VSOP. Real soon now (famous Microsoft quote re upcoming "fixes"), lol. In the meanwhile I am VERY excited about my recent acquisition and tasting of Montecristo 12 Year ( a blend of 12 and 20 year cane juice, "agricultural" rums). And why? 1. I got it for $1...
by Capn Jimbo
Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:43 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Zaya 12
Replies: 19
Views: 23595

Re: Zaya 12

For some reason I am seeing more Zaya available lately, as low as $37 USD. Soon to be $37,000 USD as our currency deflates, lol. As readers of this and my own forum know, Zacapa 23 and its reputation are not one in the same. OTOH, Zaya seems to command a more reliable and respected following. It's t...