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The Oxford English Dictionary notes a number of uses and meanings for the word Premium. In the context of this article the meaning is as follows
“Relating to or denoting a commodity of superior quality and therefore a higher price”
Which is pretty simple and easy to understand. So lets take a look at a few Premium rums. In this scenario the word is defined by the fact the rum itself promotes itself as Premium, on its bottle.
A 2001 single vintage from Diplomatico who should need little or no introduction. Their Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva is regularly cited as one of the worlds greatest rums. For many rum lovers their rums are staples in their rum cabinets.
Venezuela, has from has its own economic problems but the countries rums are globally recognised. Brands such as Pampero are owned by Diageo.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Elements Eight they are an Independent British Spirits Company. Elements Eight refers to the eight elements which make up their final product. Elements Eight rums are also a blend of eight separate rums.
The company has been operating since 2006. As well as celebrating their tenth year in business in 2016, Elements Eight have also re-designed and re-vamped their packaging and line up.
Beach Craft Spirits – Crowdfunding in the Rum World.
A husband and wife team are opening a coastal based rum distillery. It will be the first in Scotland to offer crowdfunding.
David and Lara Beach aim to raise £65,000 by the end October. To begin their dream of owning and operating what will be only the second craft rum distillery in the country.
Back in 2013 Angostura announced the launch of No.1. The first in a new collection of limited edition “Premium” rums.
This the “first” Angostura No.1 (yes they have called subsequent releases No.1 as well confusingly) is part of the companies Cask Collection. The collection is a range of Premium Rums aged in select barrels.
Santiago de Cuba rums are quite frustrating bottlings to find. This is not because this site is American but imports of these rums seem to be quite sporadic. All manner of different aged expressions seem to come out of the distillery as well.
It is quite confusing sometimes to work out which is which. It is not unusual to see older style bottles still for sale online.
Recently there was a debate at Tales of the Cocktail. The debate centered around “When is rum not a rum?”.
Basically it was a discussion between those who add sugar (and/or other additives) and those who are very much against the practice. This got me thinking about a subject which is very close to my heart.
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