When I approached the Drum Circle Distilling booth at Miami Rum Renaissance a few months back, I hadn't tried many spiced rums besides the jugs of Captain Morgan my wife has me buy. Let me just say my anticipation wasn't that high as I was about to try their Siesta Key Spiced Rum. That, my friends, was a mistake! It was fabulous and anyone who tries this will NEVER drink that other stuff again! NEVER!
Drum Circle is based in Sarasota, Florida, and uses 100% Florida sugarcare to make the molasses they use to create this rum. Yes, they also add spices and honey to round out the profile. The label art on the bottle depicts a beach sunset over the ocean. In the foreground, a man just relaxes watching the scenery from his perch on a red lifeguard stand. This bottle is from Batch No. 9, hand numbered, and belongs to the generous Ed Roberts. 35% alcohol.
Mmm. Baked butter cookie aroma with honey and vanilla really prominent. And the bouquet doesn't stop there. Cinnamon and nutmeg and coconut and orange are all very noticeable and enjoyable. The kind of aroma that keeps you going back over and over again!
Very smooth in the mouth, even as you feel the alcohol warmth immediately from the start. In fact, I just turned the AC colder because of that fact! Some fruity orange and vanilla really take control from the beginning. And then the spices enter the picture one-by-one to add all sorts of delicious nuances. Cinnamon and nutmeg are the most noticeable.
Seriously, the buttery baking flavors are amazing. Coconut and sweet honey are also terrific. This rum is incredibly flavorful and complex. Not a huge body. Great texture. The finish has more vanilla and spices and lingers on the palate. My wife had a little bit too, and loved it! This is FOR SURE the spirit that will make her switch. Now, what to do with that pirate paper weight in the liquor cabinet?