Bayou – Select

From an Award Winning Distiller comes Bayou Select Aged Rum. Bayou Rum is one of the most widely distributed rums from Louisiana, receiving national recognition in 2016 for their Select Rum.

Bayou® Rum is craft distilled from locally grown sugarcane in Lacassine, Louisiana, USA. Our signature ‘sugarhouse’ recipe uses a blend of 100% natural, unrefined Louisiana sugarcane and molasses. Every batch of Bayou Rum is distilled in copper pots and bottled by hand.

Bayou Select is “The Rum for Bourbon drinkers”, matured in bourbon barrels for up to 3 years using the Solera aging method.

  • Nation:  Louisiana, USA
  • Color: Burnt Orange
  • Aroma: Apple pie (apples, vanilla, touch of cinnamon). Along with faint hints of caramel, orange spice, and maybe a little butterscotch.
  • Flavor: Something a little tropical and spicy. Rough around the edges, but an ice cube calms everything down.
  • Finish: Rough without ice. After ice, it’s a pleasant little sipper, but it’s young and not that layered yet.
  • Notes: Reminds of what I was drinking in Cuba. I really enjoy it with coke and lime and it makes a fantastic daiquiri. Prices do vary, I’ve paid $37 for a bottle, and I’ve seen it as low as $28. I don’t think you’ll find a better aged Louisiana rum for about $30. It want’s to be a sipper and for that it will need a few more years, but I look forward to it.  Honestly one of my favorites so far, and I can’t wait to try it after it’s had a bit longer to age. 
  • Rating: B-

Find it Locally:

By the Bottle:

  • Rouse’s Market
  • Albertson’s
  • Winn-Dixie
  • Robert Fresh Market
  • Acquistapace’s Covington Supermarket
  • Calandro’s
  • Target
  • It’s one of the more widely carried brands, but Select can be a little harder to find.

By the Glass:

  • Olive or Twist
  • Superior Grill
  • Rum House

Order it Online too!

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.

A Trio of Mardi Gras Cocktails

Mardi Gras is just around the corner! I wanted to do something special for what is undoubtedly Louisiana’s most famous celebration! It wasn’t until I was 12 or 13 that I realized that Mardi Gras was not a national holiday. Everywhere else it’s just another Tuesday, but in New Orleans, it’s a day for celebration, for drinking with friends, and a day when New Orleans’ true colors can shine.

For the special occasion, I put together 3 Mardi Gras inspired cocktails to get you in the carnival spirit, even if where you are, it is just another Tuesday.

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The colors of Mardi Gras go back as far as 1872. Purple stands for justice (for when you give a great catch to a nearby kid who fell), green for faith (for when you pray that the bathroom has TP), and gold for power (to make it through the marathon of carnival season). They also happen to be the colors of two “rival” Louisiana schools, LSU (purple & gold) and Tulane (green). The rumor is that LSU was looking to new school colors, saw a store stocked up on Mardi Gras decorations, and went with purple and gold, since Tulane was already green. I have no idea if that’s true, but it does make it easy when your football team matches your carnival outfit.

Inspired by the true colors of Mardi Gras, I developed a trio of drinks you can show off come Fat Tuesday. Meet: Rosemari Gras, Parade Route, and Throw Bee Something.

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Purple: Rosemari Gras

  • 2oz Roulaison Clear Rum
  • 2oz Blueberry Simple Syrup (see end of post for recipe)
  • 1oz Lime Juice
  • Rosemary Garnish
  • Top with Sparkling Water

Add rosemary and lime juice to a shaker and attempt to muddle. Add rum and blueberry syrup. Shake well and double strain* over ice in a rocks glass. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig.

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Green: Parade Route

  • 1.5oz Parade Rum Argente
  • 0.75oz Lime Juice
  • 0.5oz Crème de Menthe
  • Tablespoon of Cane Sugar
  • Mint Garnish
  • Top with Sparkling water

Add mint leaves, cane sugar, and lime juice to a shaker and gently muddle. Add rum and Crème de Menthe. Shake well and double strain* over ice in a highball glass. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a fresh mint sprig.

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Gold: Throw Bee Something

  • 1.5oz Old New Orleans Amber Rum
  • 0.75oz Lemon Juice
  • 0.75oz Honey

Add everything to a shaker and shake well. Serve in a chilled coupe glass and look fancy.

Blueberry Simple Syrup:

  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar

One package of blueberries ended up being about 3/4 of a cup, which is why these measurements are kinda weird. Feel free to scale up if needed. Recipe resulted in about 8oz of syrup.

Rinse blueberries. Add all ingredients to a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to low and simmer for 15ish minutes. Let cool and strain through a fine mesh strainer. Put in a pretty bottle or something. Enjoy!

People always say simple syrup lasts 2-3 days in the fridge, but I usually enjoy it for about 2 weeks and I haven’t died or anything.

* I double strain because I absolutely hate little bits of things in my drinks. You could regular strain if you want, or if you don’t have a fine mesh strainer.

Roulaison – Clear Rum

From a small craft distiller out of New Orleans, today I’m tasting Roulaison’s flagship clear rum.

Our flagship rum is robust with notes of pineapple and bruised banana as well as a backbone of cinnamon and mint.  It creates a luscious mouth-feel, slightly cooling and subtly sweet with notes of crisp lemongrass and lime. The finish lends subtle hints of spice, smoke, forest and pine.

  • Nation:  Louisiana, USA
  • Color: Crystal Clear
  • Aroma: Overly ripe fruit syrup. Layered and distracting. Was hard to pinpoint anything else and this somewhat annoyed me.
  • Flavor: Thinner mouth feel than the aroma would suggest but still satisfying.
  • Finish: Slight herbal/medicinal finish. Has a slow build to a smoldering heat and enjoyable tingle.
  • Notes: Reminds me somewhat of Rank Wildcat’s Sweet Crude, maybe since they are both small batch, pot-distilled rums. I’d love to put them side by side in a flight. Overall, it’s interesting and leaves you with a captivating and addicting mouth tingle that’s not quite smooth or simple.
  • Rating: B-

Find it Locally:

By the Bottle:

  • Q Liquor
  • Calandro’s Supermarket
  • Martin’s Wine Cellar

By the Glass:

  • Olive or Twist
  • City Pork

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.

Old New Orleans – Amber

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.