We’re back in the new year with a new rum from the first rum distiller to open in the US since prohibition, Old New Orleans! This is their flagship gold rum, aged for 3-7 years in bourbon and whiskey barrels, then blended. Nothing seemed to make sense to me in my tasting as the glass was so full of contradictions. It actually might be kinda of fun to try with friends and see how many different flavors you can find.
We take our Crystal rum, at 140-150 proof, and store it in certified bourbon barrels procured from various bourbon and whiskey distilleries throughout Tennessee and Kentucky. We receive barrels in wet (still with the devil’s cut inside to keep the barrel conditioned) Our Amber is aged for a minimum of 3 years and up to 7 years in this blend. We do a blend so that we can offer a consistent, steady product. If you buy a bottle today, you can come back in a year or two and get the same product. This is your rum and coke rum. It’s also really great in your short cocktails like an old fashion, julep, bramble, It also mixes well with the crystal to make a New Orleans Hurricane.
- Nation: Louisiana, USA
- Color: Yellow Gold
- Aroma: Butterscotch with a sharp and spicy, clove maybe, twang. Followed by something oily and burnt/roasted toffee.
- Flavor: Different than anything I’ve tasted so far. Makes it hard to place. Grassy/funky with a baked goods, maybe sugar cookie finish.
- Finish: Clean with a consistent burn and mouth tingle. The alcohol can be overwhelming and it took some ice calm it down.
- Notes: Even though I’m listing sweet things, it doesn’t really taste that sweet. It’s a surprising rum, definitely different from anything I’ve had so far. Honestly, it’s a little too harsh on it’s own, and even the distiller agrees that it’s better as a mixing rum.
- Rating: C+
Find it Locally:
By the Bottle:
- Q Liquor
- Martin’s Wine Cellar
- Calandro’s Supermarket
- Old New Orleans doesn’t list any distributors online, but I feel like I’ve seen it at neighborhood grocery stores like Rouse’s.
By the Glass:
- Olive or Twist
- The Rum House
- Again, nothing is listed online, but this is a pretty popular local rum and should be easy to get at your local watering hole.
I do tastings with a wide mouth rocks glass with a slight taper because I like the way it feels in my hands. I start with 2oz, neat, then add an ice cube to bring out subtler flavors and aromas.