According to Caribbean Journal’s Rum Journal, I have a sample of one of the best rums in the country:
- Prichard’s Fine Aged Rum (Kelso, TN) – Tennessee is known for another fine spirit, but it’s quickly developing into a home for rum. One of the best is Prichard’s, which makes a range of rums, including a range of flavoured rums. But the Fine Aged Rum is the best of the bunch.
The only other mainland rums I’ve had are:
- Sweet Crude (Broussard, LA) – Hailing from my homeland, this rum was introduced last year in south Louisiana. I’ll be posting a tasting of this one at some point, but it’s not worth looking for yet. I still hold out hope for this craft distillery to produce something noteworthy… even rooting for them!
- Copper Run Gold Rum (Walnut Shade, MO) – This is a decent rum, but overpriced.
So, it looks like I need to branch out a bit. There are some interesting mentions in the article and I plan to actively pursue bottles of these:
- Siesta Key Spiced Rum (Sarasota, FL) – Rum Journal named Siesta Key Rum our spiced rum of the year in 2012, meaning it wasn’t just the best American spiced rum — it was the best spiced rum period. And so it remains. (Siesta Key’s other varieties, including spiced and gold, are also excellent).
- Dancing Pines Cask Rum (Loveland, CO) – Dancing Pines makes three rums, including a light and a spiced variety, but the cask rum is our favourite. It’s made from cane molasses and distilled in charred oak barrels. It’s got strong notes of caramel, toffee and malt.
- Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum (Maui, HI) – Made by Sammy Hagar, the legendary frontman of Van Halen, Sammy’s Beach Bar rum is actually a rhum agricole, meaning it’s distilled from sugar cane juice in the style of rums from Martinique. It’s fresh, it’s Hawaiian and it’s delicious.