Maker: New Holland, Holland, Michigan, USA
Age: NAS (at least 1 y/o)
Michigan state minimum: $40
Appearance: Medium copper.
Nose: Light molasses, vanilla cream, leather, alcohol.
Palate: Full bodied. Oak, then brown sugar, cassia, alcohol, vanilla bean.
Finish: Turbinado sugar, cognac, alcohol. Long lasting.
Parting words: New Holland’s Freshwater line is named in honor of three of the four great lakes that border Michigan. The line includes Huron White (hard to find, possibly discontinued), Michigan Amber and Superior Single Barrel. Superior is best and the most expensive of the line. It drinks dangerously easy for 52.5% ABV. I purchased it for a Michigan themed party and it went very fast. I even had guests come up to be and tell me how great it was and how could they get themselves a bottle!
I didn’t do much mixing with it because at $40 it falls into the sipping rum category for me.It does very well neat, on the rocks and/or with a squeeze of lime. It’s complex and balanced, sweet, spicy and vanilla-y. It’s everything you want in a micro-distilled sipping rum. Freshwater Superior Rum is highly recommended.