Patmac’s, a Rumdoodle. Fit the second.
A is for apple, Appelton and Angosturas.
Though more known for its ‘Bitters’, Angosturas have a fine selection of rums. They also boast the most expensive at, Euro 20,000. A limited edition, being produced to celebrate Trinidad and Tobagos 50th anniversary of independence. Now, Cronins have on their menu three Angosturas;
1. Angosturas 1824
2. Angosturas 7 Year Old Gold Rum
3. Angosturas Gold Rum
4. (Though I am sure I spotted a 1919.)
These are all blends of light and heavy molasses based rums, and you may detect hints of toasted maple, chocolate, honey, toffee and vanilla? Now that is a lot of hints, but as Rum is made from a waste product from sugar production it can pick up a lot flavours along the way, unlike say a Whisky Angosturas, mature their rums in once used, charred Bourbon oak casks, of the three (or is it four?) only the 1824 and the 1919 could get away with being a sipping rum, but all taste fine with mixers and in cocktails.
Appleton White Rum
Next we have an Appleton White Rum. A rum from Jamaica, and unlike most white rums this gets a bit of maturing, in oak casks for a couple of years before a good filtering. A crisp rum, best enjoyed with fruit juices and your favourite mixer. Considered better than Bacardi, but so many are, where would they be without a big black bat on the label perfect for marketing. It’s a bit like football innit, travel the world and the two top English soccer clubs are Man united or Liverpool, with Man U winning by about 4 to 1 (That’s not a result) Why? Would you follow a ‘Devil’ or a goose?
A few naval phrases to get familiar with;
- ‘Pusser’ as in pussers rum, was navy issue rum and refered to the Purser.
- ‘Grog’ quite a foul mixture of rum and water that was sweetened with lime and sugar for the worthy, probably named after Admiral Vernon who introduced watered down rum to reduce drunkenness on board ship. He was known as ‘Old grog’ after the grogoram coat he used to wear.
- Rum became a form of currency on board ship and could be used in wagers and as payment for favours, the terms describing amounts; ‘A whet’, ‘Sippers’, ‘Gulpers’ and ‘Sandy bottom’
Next up is the B’s. Can’t wait there are six of them to get through.