Since the early 1800’s, the Nelthropp Family has called St. Croix home, becoming an integral part of the island’s history. And for the last two hundred years, the island has not only left its mark on them, but also on their rums. Even the name reflects the people of St. Croix, called Crucians.
Cruzan Aged Light Rum is a blend of rums aged 1-4 years in American oak casks—then treated to a ﬁltration process to create clarity. Cruzan Aged Dark Rum is a blend of rums aged 2-4 years in charred oak casks.
Cruzan Aged Light Rum (80 proof)
Nose: Sweet, semi-grassy and buttery notes.
Taste: Soft entry with a delicate vanilla patina. Clean, crisp and light.
Finish: Medium long with a subtle dryness that showcases the oak aging.
Overall: A nice entry-level rum that won’t fight against mixers, but is a bit hesitant in approach for use in rum forward cocktails.
GSN Rating: B+
Cruzan Aged Dark Rum (80 proof)
Visual: Mild yellow-gold.
Nose: Sweet vanilla-forward nose with buttery highlights.
Taste: Vanilla oak takes the forefront and adds a middle ground where the spirit has more visibility on the palate. Again, a clean presentation.
Finish: Medium long with more oak coming through towards the fade out.
Overall: A heartier rum that works well in cocktails calling for more aggressiveness and body. Very nice and an easy go to for the backbar.
GSN Rating: A-
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Wemyss Malts has introduced two new Scotch whiskies—Heathery Smoke and Hive—to the U.S. market through Domaine Select Wine Estates’ Classic & Vintage Artisanal Spirits division. Heathery Smoke is a 30-year-old Scotch from Caol Ila distillery on Islay and is available exclusively in the U.S. as part of a limited edition 272-bottle release. The Hive, meanwhile, is an 8-year-old blended malt Scotch from a single cask bottling. It’s the latest addition to Wemyss’ collection of blended malt Scotch whiskies, which also includes Spice King and Peat Chimney. Both Heathery Smoke and Hive are now rolling out across the market.
The English Whisky Co. (EWC) is launching several products in the U.S. this month. Based in Norfolk, England at the St. George’s Distillery, EWC is launching four whiskies: Classic Single Malt and Peated Single Malt ($74.99 a 750-ml.), as well as Classic Cask Strength Single Malt and Peated Cask Strength Single Malt (both $114.99). Those offerings are currently distributed in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, California and Illinois through exclusive importer Purple Valley Imports, whose U.S. arm is based in Pittsburgh.
International Beverage USA has introduced a new premium Thai rum, Phraya, to the U.S. market. It is available now in luxury and specialty retailers in California, Illinois, Washington and New York for a suggested retail price of $49.99 a 750-ml. International Beverage will expand the brand into Florida and Texas this June. Distilled in the province of Nakhom Pathom, Phraya is aged for seven to 12 years in “fired” oak barrels using a maturation technique that was designed for the tropical climate of Southeast Asia.
Beam Inc. has introduced two new flavor extensions to the Cruzan rum portfolio, Key Lime and Passion Fruit. Both are available now nationwide for a suggested retail price of $14.99 a 750-ml. Key Lime and Passion Fruit join a Cruzan line that includes aged light rum, aged dark rum, Black Strap, Single Barrel, 151-Proof and 9 Spiced rum, as well as 11 flavored variants.
All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily