So i decided there are enough of you whom i would consider a fellow fanatic of the fine spirit to share some basic techniques of rum appreciation, broken into parts.. We will begin with the practical methodology of tasting.
How To Taste your Tipple
There are several peculiar differences between a spirits tasting and a wine tasting. The first is how one actually tastes, and it’s important not to look odd, vigorously swirling the liquid in your glass with exquisite irrelevance to release aromas as if it were wine; you simply don’t want to agitate spirits so much. If you vigorously swirl a rare rum, all you’re going to get is a face full and some peculiar looks from your fellow fanatics. Instead, delicately twirl the glass, allowing the liquor to coat its sides. Next, begin with a tiny sip that clears the palate. Follow up with a larger sip to coat the mouth. Fine spirits should have a long, pleasant, lingering finish, so there is every reason to retain the delightful liquid in your mouth. The key is: Don’t spit. You’re not a camel for heavens sake.
Keep posted, for Part 2 next week.
I am currently online as we speak, at the Bonham’s Whiskey, Cognac and Rare Spirit auction in New York, waiting for my lot to come up so I can bid on a rare rum I have wanted for a long time…
And here’s why. The bottle with a red wax capsule and label with Presidential Seal reads: “This is the Fourth of Twelve bottles of Jamaican Rum of supreme quality and great age prepared especially to commemorate the visit to Jamaica by The President of the United States and Mrs. Reagan, April 7th, 1982.” The back label then reads: “In 1906, when the twenty-sixth President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for his activities to improve international relations, a quantity of the finest rum from the Mona Estate in Jamaica was sealed in oak casks for ageing. The final parcel of this rum, now more than seventy-five years old, has been used in this unique blend, along with other fine Jamaica Rums, the youngest of which has been aged for over fourteen years.”
I was too young to meet Reagan, and born decades after Roosevelt died. But I am old enough to know that when a rare rum with great history arises, it belongs in my cabinet, Upstairs.