We are delighted to introduce our first guest blogger on the Cronin’s Pub website and blog. Patrick McDonnell is a resident of Crosshaven a long time fan of rum. No wonder Cronin’s is his favourite place to pop in for a drop, as we have a selection of over thirty rums from around the world. When he offered to write an A-Z on international rums, we were delighted. Here goes….. Let us know what you think!
A Rum Doodle (Part 1) by PatMc
Rum and the sea, that goes together.
Crosshaven and the sea, that goes together also.
And as there is only one pub officially, in Crosshaven.
Logic would dictate that Cronins is the place for Rum.
And by happy chance it so happens to be. At last a practical use of logic.
Now I have always liked rum, I am not sure why, but I think it’s because of all the spirits it is the most honest. As someone who is also very, very fond of whiskey, I can tell you that some of its appreciation is a little bit pretentious, a little bit above its station. And Vodka is always a bit chavy, the perfect spirit for an alcopop. Gin, just has issues. But rum, what you see is what you get, in my view. Though I am a bit wary of all these sexed up ‘Spiced rum’s’ lately.
For your convenience Cronin’s have a rum menu, if not A to Z it does go from Angosturas to Zacapa. The plan is to go in alphabetical order.
Now rum appreciation can also be a bit pretentious, I usually start with the shape of the bottle, that’s how shallow I am, R.L.Seales springs to mind, then you note the colour and the swirl, savour the aroma and take a sip, then you add you mixers if so desired, I prefer ginger beer to ale or ‘stones’, not so overpowering, a bit of ice and a slice of lime, luckily Cronin’s has always been a ‘haven for gingers.
And if you are ever in Katmandu, look up the ‘Rumdoodle’ and check out the Kukri, a Nepalese rum rich in the flavours of the mountains and the yak, and of course a cool knife shaped bottle.
More to follow……………..
best wishes Pat Mc