Caribbeans Finest Gran Reserva Rum
Caribbean’s Finest Rum brand is distilled and bottled in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. They currently have a line of two aged rums and several flavored products distributed in the United States.
Their Gran Reserva rum is created using a continuous column still, and then aged in used American Oak Bourbon Barrels for eight years. After aging, the rum is then blended to 40 abv.
The amber liquid of the rum has a dark amber color. When I swirled the liquid, a thin band formed around the glass that spun off fast moving legs. The band thickened as it evaporated leaving behind a ring of beads.
The aroma of the rum is filled with hints of oak, smoke and caramelized vanilla. Overall it comes off a bit flat where you find yourself struggling to detect the components of the aroma.
Sipping the rum reveals notes of sweet vanilla, smoky oak, toasted almonds, caramel and baking spices,with a solid bite of alcohol.
A hint of bitter tobacco manifests along with a touch of black pepper before the rum drifts into a long dry finish.
The rum reminds me of other spirits from the Dominican Republic. It is a tad sweeter than other eight year old rums I have experienced.
Currently this product’s availability is limited in the United States.
-Rum Review by Mr. Paul Senft-
My name is Paul Senft - Rum Reviewer, Tasting host, Judge and Writer. My exploration of Rums began by learning to craft Tiki cocktails for friends. I quickly learned that not all rums are created equally and that the uniqueness of the spirit can be as varied as the locales they are from. This inspired me to travel with my wife around the Caribbean, Central America, and United States visiting distilleries and learning about how each one creates their rums. I have also had the pleasure of learning from bar tenders, brand ambassadors, and other enthusiasts from around the world; each one providing their own unique point of view, adding another chapter to the modern story of rum. The desire to share this information led me to create www.RumJourney.com where I share my experiences and reviews in the hopes that I would inspire others in their own explorations. It is my wish in the pages of “Got Rum?” to be your host and provide you with my impressions of rums available in the world market. Hopefully my tasting notes will inspire you to tr y the rums and make your own opinions. The world is full of good rums and the journey is always best experienced with others.