This rum, which is not available in Germany, was originally bottled for Death & Co in NY, with 29 cases ordered. It’s named after a bird, more specifically, the national bird of Trinidad – a great story, by the way. It’s a blend of 3 and 5 year old rums that has been distilled by Caroni. Caroni, however, doesn’t produce anymore, and so the remainders (surely to include some treasures) are being sold. The label was designed by Tim Tomkinson, a friend of Dave Kaplan, the owner of Death & Co.
Lastly, the bottles were reduced to 49% in Austria, bottled, and brought back to the US!
This rum is a vibrant yellow with a beautiful hint of copper. The nose is surprisingly reserved, with pleasant notes of sugar and dried fruit, and, at 49%, fairly mild. The taste is pleasantly sweet, a little nutty, a bit of caramel, strikingly smooth with a mellow spice and a medium-long finish. For a Trinidad rum, and a Caroni in particular, this is a very round, pleasing rum!
Death & Co’s menu features two drinks made with Scarlet:
Scarlet Ibis Rum, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Muddled Cardamom Pods, Fresh Pineapple and Lemon Juice, Sugar Cane Syrup, Angostura and Pyechaud’s Bitters
Scarlet Ibis Rum, Carpano Antica Vermouth, Allspice Dram, Angostura Bitters, Orange Twist
This sounds interesting, too: Rum & Port – stir equal measures of rum and port on ice http://trinklaune.de/2010/05/07/rum-port/
I plan to offer both of these drinks – as well as two of my own creations – during the next few days at the Rumclub (while supplies last).
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