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.