A spiced rum came my way…it´s called Rumbullion – the name sounds like a concoction made in an iron pot on fire..
But Rumbullion is made by the Master of Malt or more specifically Professor Cornelius Ampleforth. According to the website it contains a blend of high proof Caribbean rum, madagascar vanilla, orange rind, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom. The final blend is 42.6 ABV or 96 proof.
The bottle is wrapped in krinkled brown paper with imprints of a Navy grog tub, emblazoned with the words: “The Queen, God Bless Her” and sealed with black wax, it looks really cool. This spiced rum is at first a veritable clove explosion and my first thought is that it would be good in Christmas cocktails and tiki drinks.
At the palate the first thing that hit was a warm strong rum and clove flavor. But under the clove came other flavors out like that of burnt orange peel, cinnamon, honey and heavy molasses.
The nose is interesting, it`s spicy and it reminds me of ancient rum barrels in a rum cellar that is very very old..also it reminds me of christmas, gotta be the spices…
To me this rum fits best in drinks that are good with a very spicy flavor and you can sip it, no problem, maybe together with some christmas treatments. But it would also do well in some tiki drinks due to it´s spiciness. Don´s Caribbean Punch comes to mind..
But let´s start with a christmas drink, something warm.
RUMBULLION CHRISTMAS BREW
1 oz Rumbullion
1 oz Appleton extra
0.25 0z Cointreau
Just a little dash of sugarcane syrup too if you have a sweet tooth..
1 cup freshly brewed strong fullbodied flavorful coffee like Community Coffee, Kona or Blue Mountain
Dust cinnamon or nutmeg on top
Stir together in a glass and add whipped cream and cinnamon or nutmeg dust on top
Warm and spicy…the Rumbullion is doing well here - it`s a sure winter warmer. To me it´s not so much a sipper as a spiced drink rum. But let´s see how this rum performs in a tiki drink, so on to something colder, a spiced up version of Donn`s Caribbean Punch.
SPICED CARIBBEAN PUNCH
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
0.5 oz falernum
0.5 oz simple
1 .5 oz rootbeer
1 oz Rumbullion
1 oz Tiki Lovers dark rum or Smith and Cross
3 dashes Angostura bitters
1/4 tsp grenadine
3 drops pernod
0.5 oz orgeat
8 oz crushed ice
Mix in blender with crushed ice 5 sek.
Not bad at all…it blends well too with the other rum.
So my conclusion is that Rumbullion is a rum best used in winter holiday drinks and in some tiki drinks.
You can find Rumbullion at the Master of Malt.