Zane Lamprey (of “Three Sheets” fame) and I (of little fame) both attended the same high school. However, we only met a few years ago at a Tales of the Cocktail convention in New Orleans. Actually, I’ve met a lot of people from the Syracuse area in NOLA. Anyway, Zane went on to bigger and better things, like hosting several TV shows and living in Los Angeles; while I decided to stay here in Central New York performing music and writing. But, we do have one thing in common. We both love to drink. So, I’m glad Zane has branched into the spirits business with a few new rums.
Both rums are made by the Angostura company in Trinidad from molasses using column stills. It is then aged in ex-bourbon American oak barrels (not full of monkeys one hopes). The coconut rum is aged six to twelve months, and the spiced from two to three years.
Monkey Toasted Coconut Rum (70 proof)
Nose: Immense burst of coconut. Tropical and
Taste: Coconut is the master of ceremonies here, but the rum underlying the spirit shines through as well. Not too sweet or cloying, and with just the slightest touch of what I can only assume is toasted barrel. This makes for a refreshing flavor that begs for several tastes.
Finish: Short and crisp. Pow!
Overall: Nothing like the coconut rum named after the beach city in California, and that is a very good thing.
GSN Rating: A-
Monkey Spiced Rum (70 proof)
Visual: Light gold.
Nose: Mild, pleasant spice with a goodly dose of coconut. Mouth-watering and evocatively Caribbean.
Taste: Extremely smooth initially, then a huge spice bomb kicks in with clove, cinnamon, coconut and nutmeg. But, everything is balanced and the flavors work exceptionally well together.
Finish: A lot of spice lingers long, leaving a sharpness that is refreshingly unlike most highly sweetened spiced rums named after naval officers.
Overall: One thing I have to mention here, is the bottle design. The bottles looks a bit barrel-like, feels great in the hand when pouring and for those of you who know who Pleepleus is, there are five images of him hidden on the bottle. As a rum, this one is quite tasty and one that will make its way into regular rotation at the GSN offices. Kudos, Zane!
GSN Rating: A-
For more information go to: Monkey Rum