We recently caught up with Angostura‘s rum-making operation in Trinidad & Tobago, seven years since reviewing their nearly complete lineup. This time out we’re only examining two of the rums — both in the middle of the collection — to see how things have (or haven’t) changed over time.
Both are 80 proof.
Angostura Caribbean Rum 7 Years Old (2023) – “A blend of light and heavy rums,” this remains an engaging and versatile rum, heavy on tropical fruit notes of caramelized banana and flambeed pineapple, tempered by a note of milky coffee, toasted coconut, and vanilla cream. Lightly chocolaty as it develops, insistent vanilla notes soon come to dominate, with a finish that offers notes of raisiny-cinnamony oatmeal cookies, complete with that crunchy white frosting. You know what I’m talking about. A- / $32 [BUY IT NOW FROM THE WHISKY EXCHANGE] [BUY IT NOW FROM RESERVEBAR]
Angostura Caribbean Rum 1919 (2023) – A “premium gold rum deluxe blend” with no age information on tap. While lighter in hue than the 7 year old, the rum offers a much different character, considerably more savory with a layer of dense spices in the mix. It’s more cloves and white pepper than cinnamon and nutmeg — though all of these have some level of impact on the palate. The rum grows slightly sweeter with time in glass, which helps to temper some of the bolder spice-driven notes. A butterscotch quality on the back end, laced with sweet licorice candy coconut and lots of vanilla, reminds you that you should have sand beneath your feet when sipping the stuff. B+ / $39 [BUY IT NOW FROM THE WHISKY EXCHANGE] [BUY IT NOW FROM RESERVEBAR]