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Monday, February 16, 2015

Lost Spirits Navy Style Rum

So as you all know Whiskey Joe and I have been good friends for quite some time, and when we were old enough, we started hitting bars in Hoboken.  Now as we pretended to be Vince Vaughn and John Favreau (or Frank Sinatra & James Dean depending on how you look at it), we always had go to drinks, Jack and Coke, Captain and Coke, 'any Glen will do' kind of Scotch, pretty typical 21-25 year old stuff.  

Now my love of rum never got past a rum and coke or a Miami Vice and I have never thoughtfully  drank it straight!  In fact, I don't believe a rum has been reviewed on this website either...until today!!!  The Lost Spirits Distillery from beautiful Monterey California has let us sample their amazing spirit, and I'm going to give it the respect it deserves. 

Some of you may be aware of Lost Spirits Distillery, if not Joe has a has a past write up with solid links amidst his notes here.  (Lost Spirits - Bohemian Bonfire - American Single Malt)

Per their website:

LOST SPIRITS DISTILLERY IS A “SKUNK WORKS” STYLE PROJECT LOCATED IN RURAL CALIFORNIA.  IT IS DEDICATED TO MAPPING THE CHEMISTRY OF BARREL-AGED SPIRITS WITH THE AIM OF ONE DAY CONTROLLING IT. 

So to make a long story short, these guys are taking a very scientific approach towards recreating old fashioned booze!  

Just a little info about the Navy Style Rum:
Sports & Spirits...a great combo

Beautiful 1880’s style label, adorned with cherubs and large sail boats
Comes in at a big ol 68% ABV, so needless to say this is cask strength

More From the Lost Spirits Web Site:

Fermented grade A molasses
Lab Grown bacterial “dunder”
Low rectification distillation
Sherry seasoned new American oak
Super high density of rancio (Oak derived aldehydes) and smokey (phelonic) notes created during maturation.

Lets rock and roll!!!!

In the glass – 

Look:  Deep dark amber, looks like lighter cooking molasses
Nose:  Deep woody notes,  mesquite barbeque and campfire, dark brown sugar infused cookies
Palate:  Smoked barbeque, think Texas brisket, with strong notes of mesquite.  Delicate dark brown sugar make this strong rum quite easy to drink
Finish:   Spicy, burns a bit, but to be expected at 136 proof.

With a few drops of water- 

Look:  Same
Nose:  Caramels and burnt sugar, a mild floral note and far less woody
Palate:  Very similar, Intensely smoky not in any way like a peated scotch though. The oak is much more available but still sweet and delicious like drinking a molasses cookie.
Beautiful Color on this Rum
Finish:  Spicy with a bit of burn, but again to be expected.

Guys, don’t mix this beauty with Coke or Pepsi!  This is rum is meant to warm your bones while on a ship off of Boston Harbor in the middle of January!  I am so surprised and happy with this bottle, it’s really enjoyable!!

Grade A-

Til next time,

g.

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