John Emerald Gene’s Spice Flavored Rum
John Emerald Distilling Company is based in Opelika, Alabama. The first legal spirits distillery to operate in the state since prohibition.This family owned craft distillery creates a line of whiskey, gin, rum and vodka.
The products are each named after a different family member. The spiced rum is a blend of rum from the Mauritius islands and locally grown ingredients.
The 750 mL bottle is secured with a wooden cap that holds a plastic cork.The liquid holds a shiny black copper color. Swirling the liquid it is easy to spot bits of spice suspended in the liquid.
The label provides details about the rum, its ingredients, and that it is from Batch 4, Bottler JS.
The aroma of the rum reveals hints of orange peel, sweet vanilla, anise,nuts, and subtle spice notes of allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Sipping the rum delivers a cinnamon and orange entry, where the pecan flavors creates an earthy foundation. Additional sips reveal a sugary sweet dynamic that is tamed by the spices detected in the aroma. All of this combines to create a lightly astringent finish.
I found this rum to be an interesting entry in the American Spiced rum market. The pecan notes provide some notes that would have otherwise been provided by barrel aging. The first sip is interesting as it takes a moment to dissect the swirl of flavors. Each sip revealed another detail until the puzzle of this rum was completed.
I understand this company’s other rum product is distilled on site. I will make sure to look for it in the stores and hope to review it in a future issue.
-Rum Review by Mr. Paul Senft-
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