As previously mentioned, one of my top discoveries at this year’s Ministry of Rum event was a pair of rums not from the Caribbean or South America but rather from Colorado. Yeah, that Colorado. In the U.S.
These “High Mountain Rums” from Montanya (Montaña is Spanish for “mountain”) are distilled from sugar cane (not molasses) in copper pot stills at high altitude and mixed with Colorado spring water to bring them down to proof. Both the Platino (white) and Oro (gold) rums are aged in used Stranahan’s whiskey barrels (the only different being the Platino is aged in the barrels previously used to age Oro). The Platino is filtered back to clear while the Oro is left amber in hue. Both are 80 proof.
We gave both the full Drinkhacker review treatment. Comments follow.
Montanya Platino Rum – A lush and silky white rum, with a pure expression of sugar in the body. Bracing with some bite, but with a long and lasting finish. Vanilla through and through. This is hardly a complex rum, but if smoothness and purity are what you’re after, look no further. Reviewed: Barrel 68. A / $30
Montanya Oro Rum – The Oro takes on far more of the whiskey character left behind by the Stranahan’s aging, and on the nose the first impression is one of big frontier whiskey character — that Stranahan’s making no bones about showing its face. Peppery, with cinnamon, toffee, coffee, and nut notes. Complex, but not completely what you expect from a rum, as the sugar takes a bit of a back seat to everything else going on. Good, and completely different from the Platino, despite a virtually identical heritage. Reviewed: Barrel 47. A- / $35