Rougaroux Full Moon Dark Rum
The Rougaroux rum line is produced by the Donner-Peltier Distillers based in Thibodaux, Louisiana. To produce their rums they use a 3,000 liter copper Kothe Still, using a blend of blackstrap molasses and raw sugar. The rum for Full Moon Dark rum is aged in American oak for an unspecified amount of time until the blender achieves the level of smoothness they want for the product. The company takes pride in the fact they do not use any additives or color when producing their products.
The tall 750 ml bottle has a synthetic cork secured to the bottle by a black wrap. The front label only provides the basic details, while the back shares a little information about the rum and all legal requirements. The rum holds a solid mahogany color in the bottle that only lightens slightly when poured in the glass.
The first aroma to tweak my nose was an interesting blend of tropical fruits. Citrus, pineapple and mango take the high notes, sugary molasses f ills the center, while an ear thy smoky oak takes the bottom.
First sip reveals the heat of the rum with a rush of vanilla, fruit and molasses. This is followed by the smoky oak notes that lead to a lightly acidic finish. Subsequent sips reveal strong citrus notes which infuse a touch of bitterness to the profile that plays with the smokiness of the oak, bringing out a touch of tobacco leaf in the rum. The light acidity and sweetness of the molasses play as the rum eases into a light dry finish.
This is the second rum I have reviewed in the Rougaroux line and I have to say I enjoyed the complexity of the spirit. The interplay of the fruit, molasses and wood create a nice flavor profile that could be used in any cocktails, especially anything that works with citrus ingredients. Rougaroux Full Moon Dark Rum was fun for sipping and would be a safe recommendation for someone who enjoys whisky or bourbon. This rum can currently be found in the state of Louisiana.
-Review by Mr. Paul Senft-
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