Review: Old Sugar Distillery Cane & Abe Freshwater Rum

Review: Old Sugar Distillery Cane & Abe Freshwater Rum

Is there saltwater rum? I guess, sort-of, all Caribbean rum is saltwater, isn’t it… even though it’s made from freshwater.

This rum hails from Madison, Wisconsin, about as far from the sea as you can get. Made from American sugar cane (grown in Louisiana and Hawaii) and aged in both new and used American oak barrels, this light amber rum smells strongly of fuel-like agricole, but offers more complexity on the tongue.

Here we find a blend of rubber, charred wood, and distinct butterscotch character. Quite rough on the finish — despite the color this is fairly clearly a young rum (younger than most white rums, at that) — but not without some brooding charms… a lot like rhum agricole. If you like earthier, more smoldering rums, this one’s for you.

80 proof.

B- / $40 /

Old Sugar Distillery Cane & Abe Freshwater Rum




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  1. Tim Brandon on February 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I Live in Howell MI, is Cane & Abe available at a store near my location?

  2. Rob Theakston on February 17, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Hi Tim, as a (sadly) former resident of the area, I can say that there are few places you may want to call and see if they have it in stock, but they may require a trip down 23 or 96 to get there. The first place I can think of is Super Liquor down on State St. in Ann Arbor. The second places may be either Wine Palace or Wine Castle, both in Livonia. You might want to try giving them a buzz.

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