Flor de Caña 12 | Malt






It’s been some time since there was a rum evaluation right here. Within the span of that point, the Fb group Ministry of Rum (MoR) has grow to be questionable. An admin change caused by avarice has resulted in (initially) opaque and uncertain modifications.

The essential purpose for the change was to try to monetize MoR. To perform this, the group must be extra pleasant to manufacturers. This led to some members who left truthful and demanding feedback getting banned. With “negativity” being discouraged, loads of the group’s educated rum fans left. An exodus of members – who I assume wished to grasp rum higher – adopted. If you happen to’re focused on studying extra about this subject, this text by Rum Revelations does a method higher job at discussing it.

This episode jogged my memory that rum schooling nonetheless has an extended option to go. Now {that a} good useful resource for studying has been compromised, those that left MoR will probably be searching for different studying platforms. So, I’m going to try to sort out extra fundamental rum points once more right here.

Everyone knows that cash talks, so a whole lot of manufacturers nonetheless lie about varied components, throwing advertising cash round to make a fast buck and create their very own narrative. A couple of of the widespread belief points largely revolve round how outdated the rum actually is, the label not indicating if a rum has been sweetened, and a rum’s true provenance.

This MoR debacle led me to appreciate one thing ironic: individuals normally need honesty of their lives. It’s not unusual to see somebody we all know on social media or in actual life often specific displeasure with being lied to. When a politician doesn’t preserve a promise or will get caught in a scandal, we’re enraged. After we discover out a good friend lied to us, we grow to be disillusioned. But, for some purpose, on the subject of materials issues, a whole lot of us don’t actually thoughts it.

Why are individuals like this? I can solely speculate. Do they like escapism by which they dwell the lie of a life-style that some manufacturers promise? Or are they conscious of the lie however don’t thoughts it, as they don’t see it as affecting them in a adverse method?

The most well-liked instance of a rum model being dishonest concerning the rum’s age is Diageo’s Ron Zacapa Solera 23, which they declare as a “23 12 months outdated” rum. One other could be Flor De Caña (Flor de Caña). Flor de Caña turned infamous via this Vice article in 2015. It talked about how a whole lot of their cane subject staff have been dying from persistent kidney illness (CKD). CKD is talked about to be a typical subject in equatorial areas, which most definitely means they’re not the one employers to have staff undergo from this silent epidemic. It simply so occurred that they received singled out. Consequently, a whole lot of bars boycotted the model. Since then, they’ve addressed this subject. Their advertising now consists of them being happy with how they’ve grow to be truthful commerce licensed, sustainable, and carbon impartial.

What they haven’t mounted but is their use of pretend age statements. There’s all the time been suspicion of their merchandise utilizing pretend age statements as a consequence of their use of the time period “gradual aged.” On this Bartender at Giant podcast episode from 2018, one of many model’s ambassadors got here ahead with them averaging the age of their rum. By this, they imply that they mix rum of various ages of rum to create their varied expressions. The instance used within the podcast was the formulation for his or her “12 12 months” expression; it consists of rum aged from 9 to fifteen years. That is completely different from the utilization of age statements in Scotch, Japanese whisky, and bourbon. If this rule was adopted, the Flor de Caña “12 12 months outdated” needs to be labeled as Flor de Caña 9 12 months outdated. Rums produced and bottled in international locations like Barbados and Jamaica additionally comply with these guidelines.

Hopefully, as Flor de Caña grows, they begin utilizing trustworthy age statements so shoppers could have much less knocks towards them. Afterall, their rum has no components other than water. They’ve additionally mounted the CKD subject which received them boycotted. Perhaps they’ll even improve the ABV sooner or later.

Flor De Caña 12 – Overview

Abv: 40%. £37.75 from The Whisky Trade. $35.99 from Whole Wine. $48 domestically. (discover that TWE solely says “Flor De Caña 12.” No “12 months outdated” is included.) The picture is a pattern bottle offered at a Flor de Caña occasion.

Colour: Muscovado sugar.

On the nostril: I get gentle and fleeting aromas of muscovado sugar, oak, vanilla, caramel and cinnamon. In between are refined aromas of pears, all-spice, and caramelized orange peel.

Within the mouth: Like on the nostril, the notes listed here are additionally gentle. However they final barely longer. The feel can also be not flat. There’s a bit extra oiliness however not as oily as non chill-filtered 46% ABV single malt. I get gentle tastes of muscovado sugar, coconut syrup sugar, oak, vanilla, croissant, honey, and molasses. In between are refined tastes of pears, caramel with salted butter, cinnamon, and caramelized orange peel. Generally, the caramel is barely extra intense.


A really approachable industrial column-distilled rum. I didn’t get any of the ethanol warmth that I usually get from mass produced manufacturers, pot-distilled or not. Sure, regardless of sounding like a newish model, that is mass produced. The distillery additionally sells bulk rum. Texture-wise, it’s additionally not as flat as different industrial column-distilled rum like Bacardi. The flavors are additionally not as skinny.

Being distilled from an industrial column nonetheless, the distillate is gentle. So, many of the flavors come from the cask affect… which makes me suppose this model could be a superb suggestion for blended Scotch drinkers. Absolutely, they’ll additionally discover this easy, as quickly as they eliminate their rum prejudices. However, I wouldn’t suggest these to those that choose meaty single malts Mortlach and Springbank. They’ll discover it boring or too one-dimensional. In my expertise, these people are likely to choose extra balanced rums like Foursquare, and funkier rum from Jamaica.

Rating: 5/10

(If I might change my rating on the Bacardi 8, I’d make it a 4)

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