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Iceberg is a rum which hails from Canada. Well the brand does anyway, unsurprisingly the actual rum in the bottle is not Canadian.
It is in fact a Demerara rum which is blended with “12,000 year old Iceberg water”. Yeah okay anything you say! It is bottled by the Canadian Iceberg Vodka Company. It has made its way into my home here in the UK via Vikingstad in Norway where AST import it from Canada.
Up for review is another rum from the Flor de Cana range from Nicaragua. It has taken a while for me to review many of the Flor de Cana rums, as I was disappointed with my experience when I bought the Centenario 12. This is the Flor de Cana 5 – Anejo Clasico.
The increase in decent rum on our supermarket shelves gave me an easy opportunity to pick up this gold rum from their line up.
Eariler this year Demerara Distillers Limited announced some new rums in their El Dorado range. Limited edition releases of rums from single stills. This one is from the Versailles (VSG) still.
It seems that Demerara Distillers have set out a very different direction for their US and European bottlings. Last year the US were treated to a range of wine finished expressions of their flagship 15 Year Old rum. The European market was treated instead to three Rare Collection rums. This Versailles 2002 is one of them.
The rum world is a confusing one. When you first get into rum or begin a “Rum Journey” as many say, the rum world is very confusing.
After trying a few different styles/brands you’ll start digging around stores and the Internet for new experiences. You will begin noticing strange bottlings by companies that seem to go beyond the usual brand structures.
Barceló are one of the “big three” Dominican rum producers along with Bermudez and Brugal.
While Brugal have made some impact in the UK – their Anejo is available in a couple of supermarkets now. Bermudez and Barceló continue to be very popular in Spain but have made little inroad into the UK market.
Velier Diamond and Port Mourant a rare “blend” of Demerara rum from the Italian super bottlers.
From the Coffey stills at DDL and the Port Mourant Double Wooden Pot Still. These rums were distilled in 1999 and blended in the barrel, before being bottled in July 2014. A total of 1,148 bottles of this rum were available. It is safe to say its pretty scarce now.
El Dorado have been hitting the headlines lately with their Rare Collection. This Original Dark Rum is available in the Netherlands (where it is bottled) and it is also listed on the official El Dorado website. However I’d never seen it in the UK until Beers of Europe had a stash of this and a white in a similar style bottle.
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