Chesney must have recently hired some extremely stingy
people to work for him promoting Blue Chair Bay Rum. Now,
why in the world would I make such an inflammatory statement?
In the not too distant past those previously good folks at
Blue Chair Bay sent me a sample of their
Coconut Spiced Rum Cream to try. They sent over a tiny, teeny
little sample bottle, but at least it was full so I could
do a full round of tastings. Then Kenney apparently got rid
of those good people and replaced them with bad people. Just
last week, those bad people sent me the exact same teeny,
tiny bottles of Vanilla Rum and Banana
Rum Cream to try but they only put a shot and a half
in each bottle - they were virtually empty.
I receive samples to taste to either rant or rave about, I
try those spirits in several ways, just to be fair to the
distiller. First, I like to try their spirit straight up (usually
at room temperature), then straight up chilled or on the rocks,
and then, if they are meant for mixing, I mix up a drink.
That process takes at least 3 shots and more than likely 4
to 6 shots. It's tough to give a fair judgment about a spirit
when there's barely enough for one taste. Come on Kenney,
dump these bad people and bring back the good people.
let's get to it and see what we shall see, that is if we see
anything at all. The Vanilla Rum has almost
no nose except maybe a bit of a funky vanilla aroma followed
by a hint of rum. I'm guessing that funky smell might have
gone away if this Vanilla Rum were either chilled or placed
over ice. On the palate, the vanilla steps right up, and I
have to admit is nice and sweet and creamy followed by the
rum and then followed by that funky taste. The finish is smooth
and long leaving a sweet vanilla taste, thankfully without
that funk factor following. This might be an excellent mixer
or even better on the rocks, but we'll never know because
I ran out after three sips.
to the Banana Rum Cream. This rum looks like
milk and has a soft banana nose, followed by the unmistakable
aroma of rum. On the palate, it initially tastes just like
a banana milk shake. It is rich and creamy and smooth and
reminds me of an egg nog with rum in it. The finish is a delightful
banana taste accompanied by cream and vanilla followed by
that hint of rum. This Banana Cream Rum would probably have
been really good on the rocks and might have made a decent
dessert drink, but again, we'll never know. I really liked
this spirit; it was rich and creamy and very tasty.
750 ML bottle of either the Vanilla Rum (26.5%
ABV) or Banana Rum Cream (15% ABV) will only
set you back just under $20.00 per bottle.
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