We taste lots of spirits, and most of them are delicious. But we’re not a spirits website, so we only write about those that truly stand out.
Just in time for Father’s Day, we have two recommendations.
Rum is typically made from molasses, a by-product of sugar refining. Most rum comes from the Caribbean, where sugar plantations abound.
Koloa rums have a different pedigree. Their handcrafted premium rums are not made with molasses, but with pure Hawaiian sugarcane.
The second ingredient, water, is the pristine rainwater from Mount Waiʻaleʻale and nearby mountain peaks and rainforests. The water is captured after it filters through volcanic strata and into vast underground aquifers.
The Kaua‘i Reserve 12-Barrel Select Hawaiian Rum is artfully crafted in single batches, then carefully aged for at least 3 years in charred American oak barrels.
It is remarkably smooth on the palate. We’re not excessively poetic when we say that every drop is to be cherished.
Take a sip: The first drops introduce you to a natural sweetness that’s profoundly different from the big brands.
It’s not a sugary sweetness, but a profound depth of flavor from the molasses followed by rich and complex flavors that linger throughout the exceptionally clean finish.
This is a special expression that any connoisseur of fine spirits will appreciate. Non-rum drinkers who have only tasted the big brands will discover how wonderful rum can be.
It’s a great sipping rum, straight up or on the rocks, and a wonderful discovery.
2. ROUND BARN WINERY MINT CHOCOLATE CREAM LIQUEUR
Round Barn Estate in Baroda, Michigan began in 1997, when the Moersch family discovered a 1912 round barn in northern Indiana, and envisioned it as a place to enter thirsty and leave happy.
Today it is Round Barn Winery, Distillery and Brewery: a lovely home to the family’s handcrafted wines, spirits and brews.
What a contribution to the community: great drink, entertainment, beautiful grounds and event space.
In the liqueur category, they began with Black Walnut Cream Liqueur, then Salted Caramel Cream, and now the latest, Mint Chocolate Cream.
Based on our tasting of the Mint Chocolate Cream, our next liqueur purchases will be the Black Walnut and the Salted Caramel.
The Mint Chocolate Cream liqueur tastes like a chocolate shake with a hint of mint—and a hint of distilled spirits.
Served it after dessert and/or coffee, add it to coffee or hot chocolate, make adult chocolate milk, top off a dish of ice cream.
If you need a gift for a lover of chocolate, this is it!