GSN Review: Bayou Rum

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Rum making in Louisiana paralleled the advent of sugar-making in Louisiana beginning in our early colonial history. Then the art slowly disappeared soon after the Civil War took a toll on our sugar plantation culture.

Bayou Rum is handmade in the largest privately-owned rum distillery in the USA, utilizing traditional methods with state-of-the-art technology for all four steps: fermentation, distillation, maturation, and bottling. The facility in Lacassine, Louisiana offers distillery tours, rum tasting bar and a gift shop experience for those who visit the home of Bayou Rum.

Silver Bayou Rum is proofed with triple filtered fresh water delivering the cleanest and purest taste possible. Bayou Select Rum is fermented with cane yeast, distilled in American copper pot stills, and rested in American oak in the Louisiana heat,.

Bayou Silver (80 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Crushed sugar cane nose, more akin to rhum agricole than typical light rum.  Chewy and fat with a lot of rustic, hospitable character.
Taste: Fresh marshmallow, vanilla cream, cane juice and a slight grassiness.
Finish: Medium long, with a lot of the vanilla predominating.
Overall: A lot of body and presence that will stand up to anything you throw in the mix.  I’d hesitate to use this as a replacement for a Cuban-style rum in a Daiquiri, but this will embolden a punch or tiki cocktail.
GSN Rating: B+

Bayou Select (80 proof)
Visual: Golden bronze.
Nose: Sweet oak, maple sugar, cinnamon toast, honeyed oats.
Taste: Exceptionally smooth and balanced.  The aging is exquisite and tempers the sweetness down to a soft glow.  A pecan-like nuttiness adds to the palette, making this a gorgeous sipping rum.
Finish: Long and sweet, with a lagniappe of decadent richness that leaves you wanting more.
Overall: One of the best American rums from the South that we’ve had the pleasure of meeting.  A gold rum that puts many other brands that have been around for a few centuries to shame.
GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Bayou Rum

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