We were almost embarrassed to admit that we had yet to taste any of the Cockspur Rums – a family of premium rums from the beautiful island of Barbados – but that changed the other night. We received a bottle each of their Cockspur 12, Old Gold, Fine Rum, Spiced and 130 and set out to do a bit of sampling.
Now we are certainly not rum experts – but we certainly do enjoy rum, so we’ll just share with you our Cockspur Rum Tasting experience, how we enjoyed sampling each rum, and where the rums are available.
Before tasting the rums, we went to the Cockspur website to get some background information on their rums. The website tells how Cockspur got its start in 1884, when a Danish seaman named Valdemar Hanschell settled on the island of Barbados.
Cockspur is now made at the West Indies Rum Distillery, established by the Stade Brothers. The distillery is located on the beach – Brighton Beach, north of Bridgetown, and uses coral filtered water from a nearby aquifer. The rum is then aged under warm Caribbean sunshine and fresh ocean breezes at our beach-side distillery. Sounds like our kind of rum!
The Cockspur 12 was enjoyed neat. We loved the color – a rich mahogany hue, and the flavor was full and velvety. The aroma was wonderful – a sweet buttery scent that made us want to drink it immediately. This is one we’d love to keep in stock for sipping. Available in the US, Caribbean, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Denmark, and The Netherlands.
The Cockspur Old Gold was enjoyed over a single cube of ice. Again, the Old Gold was full of flavor and had a lovely aroma. It would probably mix well with cola, but we preferred savoring it on its own. This is another we’d love to keep in stock for sipping, but it’s not available in the US, so we’ll have to pick up more on our next trip to the tropics. Available in the Caribbean and Bermuda.
Cockspur Fine Rum does not have the deep mahogany color of the 12 or Old Gold and we initially thought this would be a great gold rum for mixing – which it is. We used it to concoct a recipe found on the Cockspur Recipe page – a great drink for the holidays called the Cockspur-N-Cream (find the recipe here), but, it not only performed well as a mixer – we enjoyed it on the rocks as well. Yet another Cockspur Rum we’d like to keep in our stock! Available in the Caribbean, US, Canada, UK, Bermuda, Germany, Italy, France, Denmark, and The Netherlands.
Results of our Cockspur Rum Tasting so far – 3 for 3! We loved them all.
Watch for upcoming info on our Cockspur Spiced Rum and the Cockspur Overproof tasting experience.
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