Review: Don Q Double Aged Rum Vermouth Cask Finish
Puerto Rico’s Don Q continues to show itself as one of the most innovative producers of rum in the business. Its latest is this almost bizarre bottling, a blend of rums aged 5 to 8 years in bourbon barrels, then finished in Mancino Vermouth Vecchio wine casks. (Mancio Vecchio is a sweet vermouth barrel-aged in Italian white oak.)
Let’s give this thing a try!
Do you like vermouth? I hope so, because DonQ’s latest wears the stuff on its sleeve. The nose is pungent with aromatics — bitter herbs, oxidized white wine, and lots of anise — very little of which you’d ever find in a glass of rum, no matter what the origin. The palate finds a way to meld those characters with more traditional rum trappings, melding the wine notes with coconut and vanilla, berries in syrup, and baking spice.
It’s a strange combination — particularly the wholly unorthodox nose — but it works better than you would expect. A mild gumminess that clings to the finish mars what is otherwise a light and lively rum, but it’s that heavily perfumed character that sticks with you for ages, both in the air and lingering on the tongue.
The question: What to do with this oddball spirit? Sipping straight is a little off-putting, so what about cocktails? If you have any ideas, I’d love to read about them.
B+ / $49 / donq.com [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]
I’ve got the impression that a Rum Manhattan would be an awesome drink with this one. It’s also called Palmetto or Plimpton cocktail. Maragato Cocktail is another great drink with aged rym and vermouth… so it would be another choice…
I’ve got the impression that a twist of Between The Sheets could be tested… maybe…
these are the recipes…
2oz aged rum
1oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
lemon zest or cherry as garnish
15ml dry vermouth
15ml sweet vermouth
15ml orange juice
15ml lime juice
3 dashes maraschino liqueur
coupé glass… orange zest as garnish
In the original recipe, the rum is white…. but maybe this aged rum is a good combination here…