Olo Silver Rum

Maker: ???, Brazil (Constellation? Imported by McMaster Import Co., Chicago, Illinois)Olo_Premium_Silver_Rum

ABV: 40%

Appearance: Clear.

Nose: Spirit, cane sugar, lemon peel, tangerine.

On the palate: Full-bodied and sweet. Burn, sugar cookies, hint of citrus.

Finish: White sugar, alcoholic burn.

Mixed: Performs well in most cocktails. Excels in mojitos, also works well in Coke and in Cuba Libres. Does surprisingly well in eggnog too, depite the citrus notes in the nose.

Parting words: This is a white rum allegedly in the style of cachaça, a kind of Brazilian rum made from cane juice. I’m not familiar enough with the style to judge how faithful it is to that beverage. However authentic it may or may not be, Olo  is a good mixing rum. It exceeded my expectations in all categories. It’s very affordable and works great in drinks across the board but it lacks the complexity of a sipper. It’s supposedly aged in oak for a period of time but one would never know from the taste and aroma. All things considered, a good mixer at a good price. Olo Silver Rum is recommended.

Freshwater Rum: Huron White

Maker: New Holland, Holland, Michigan, USA

Style: White (unaged) rum.

ABV: 40%

Appearance: Clear with long sinewy legs.

Nose: Raw spirit, lavender, dried wildflowers.

On the palate: Medium bodied and sweet. Simple syrup, anise.

Mixed: Performs well in all applications tested: Rum & Coke, Cuba Libre, Mojito.

Parting words: This is a simple spirit, so it’s getting a simple review. Does everything a white rum is supposed to do, and does it well. The price is high, compared to the mainstream competition ($25) but if you don’t mind shelling out a few extra shekels for a micro-distilled product you won’t be disappointed. Just consider it a contribution to New Holland’s future endeavors. Huron White is recommended.

Ron Zacapa 23

Maker: Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala, Guatemala

Age: 23 y/o (sort of)

ABV: 40%

Note: Solera style aging, non chill-filtered (?)

Appearance: Chestnut brown with thick, slow, sticky legs (coloring is allowed)

Nose: Alcohol, old oak, XO brandy, punes, sherry, mace, allspice, ginger.

On the palate: Muted upon entry, but slowly opens up. Heavy, chewy mouth feel. Brown sugar, sweet cherries, raisins, dried figs, prunes, Chinese five spice.

Finish: Sweet. Caramels, toffees, very little heat, just pure sweetness.

Parting Words: Ron Zacapa is the first sipping rum I’ve reviewed. It’s the one most people tell me to try when I ask for a recommendation of a fine sipping rum. It certainly fits that category. It’s hard to imagine a sipping rum finer than this. I enjoy Zacapa 23 neat, or with a tiny squirt of lime juice just to cut the sugary sweetness.

It claims to be aged in ex-bourbon and sherry casks using a solera method. This method is used frequently for brandy and sherry. It involves refilling casks as the spirit evaporates out of them. So while there is 23 year old rum in the barrels that go into Ron Zacapa 23, it would not qualify as 23 years old under the rules for whiskeys. At any rate, this is a very well-done, fine whiskey suited for after dinner (or lunch I guess) sipping. Ron Zacapa 23 is highly recommended.