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.

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.

Plantation – Barbados 5 Year

I had seen pretty good reviews across the internet for this as a solid, inexpensive rum, so when I found it locally, I had to give it a try. Through some of my less refined tastings, I think I’m a fan of Barbados style rums, so this was my chance to test that theory.

  • Nation: Barbados
  • Color: Light Gold
  • Aroma: Starts of with a light orange, followed by roasted vanilla and salted caramel, closing with ripe fruit.
  • Flavor: Sweet and fruity with a banana or plantain ripeness to it.
  • Finish: Long throat finish with banana undertones.
  • Notes: Overall, smooth and drinkable with a pleasant layered aroma that opens up with a little ice.
  • Grade: B

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.

Havana Club – 7 Years

This is a tasting of the Cuban producer of Havana Club, NOT the Puerto Rican Havana Club.

It’s probably the single most popular rum in Cuba, and the Havana Club logo could easily be mistaken for the official seal of the Cuban people. I brought this bottle back from a trip to visit family outside Havana over the summer.

  • Nation: Cuba
  • Color: Deep Golden Brown
  • Aroma: Starts of with a teasing vanilla aroma followed by roasted oak with spiced citrus bringing up the rear. Plus, just a little bit of nail polish.
  • Flavor: Sharp and smokey with a pretty good mouth feel.
  • Finish: It has a lingering mouth tingle, and I always cough.
  • Notes: A let down compared to the dark bottle and high praise/heavy suggestions, but a great mixer & an impossible find in the US.
  • Grade: C+

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.