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    Cabot Tower Demerara Rum

    This product is a Demerara rum, from Guyana. Demerara denotes a dark, rich style of rum. Cabot Tower is the name given to a Demerara rum imported to Newfoundland, Canada in bulk and bottled by Newfoundland Liquor Corporation in St. John's, the chief city of Newfoundland. The rum is named after a local landmark, named in turn after the famous explorer John Cabot.

    I had tasted this when in Newfoundland earlier this year. At the time, it was not available in Ontario but now is and I picked it up today. (Another favourite Newfoundland Demerara, Old Sam, also now is available in Ontario).

    Cabot Tower is 57.1% alc./vol. The label states it is, "Proof Strength" and, "100 Degrees Proof". This is a reference to the old British Sykes system of calculating proof and abv. We have discussed this here numerous times. 100 degrees Sykes is 57.1% abv and pure alcohol is 175 degrees, unlike the American system where proof is double alcohol by volume.

    This rum has a fine nose combining alcohol, cocoa, molasses, black licorice and winy notes.

    I am sipping it neat and find it has a tangy alcohol underpinning overlaid by the said chocolate, sugar and anise but also some oak wood. I don't know if caramel is added, if so it only improves the rum. The taste, albeit at this high strength, is balanced and very full, zesty.

    A very nice drink that might be termed the George Stagg of the rum world - rum with a capital R, that is.

    I bought it to assist my rum blending experiments but I think I'll keep most of it for neat sipping, parsimoniously so in light of the formidable alcohol content.

    Whoever put this this brand together (whether the distiller or a blender at Newfoundland Liquor Corporation) knows exactly what they are doing.

    Gary

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    Re: Cabot Tower Demerara Rum

    it was not available in Ontario but now is and I picked it up today.
    Not available in Windsor just across the river 40 miles away. Damn.

    I did get a Canadian-American friend to pick up a bottle of Danfield whisky for me there, though.

    Guess I'll have to wait until the next trip to Toronto.

    Jeff

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    Re: Cabot Tower Demerara Rum

    How would you rate the Danfield's, Jeff?

    Gary

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    Re: Cabot Tower Demerara Rum

    Damn that sound good, Gary. Will you quit it!

    A very nice drink that might be termed the George Stagg of the rum world - rum with a capital R, that is
    Seriously, I need to find some of this.

    Thanks!

    Ken

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    Danfield\'s Canadian whisky impressions

    How would you rate the Danfield's, Jeff?
    I've had it several times before now, neat, on rocks, and earlier this evening in a low-vermouth Manhattan (it wouldn't hold up to my usual 2:1 straight rye:vermouth). I've enjoyed it more than most Canadian blends, but I guess I just am more into straights. I have also Gilmanized it without great success (this is a new skill I've yet to master).

    My wife has just poured a VO as a standard and Danfield's to complare blind. (I was going to use a 1984 VO, but that was in the cellar at 54F (that's about 12C for those youngsters of you in countries with metrication). I have about 1/2 oz. of each in Riedle "O" spirits glasses.

    Well, I can pick out the Danfield nose with no trouble - that metallic, firm, ozone nose of Canadian rye. And alcohol. The other (presumably VO) has more rye than I would remember, probably since I am looking for it. Both are very light on the nose, and a bit of fruit. Much sweeter than the Danfield's.

    On the palate, the Danfield's has a light, firm rye with a definite orange note, especially on the finish. The VO is softer, prettier, sweeter, but less complex.

    Now, just to compare, and not blind, I've poured a splash of the 1984 (tax stamped) VO. Definitely the same style as the modern VO, but more robust, especially more rye, and with some fresh leather (think shoe-store) notes. Still very light compared to a straight (duh), but very well balanced, with real finesse.

    I like the Danfield's dry, focused rye, but find the orange notes a little out-of-balance and off-putting. I would rank it behind the 1984 VO, and ahead of the present VO.

    But I don't know what to do with it. I think it would be best as a base for blending with some straights.

    Any other ideas?

    I am going to switch to oolong so as to get through the movie we have picked for the evening. Otherwise, I'll sleep through it!

    (BTW, whisk(e)y in tea is very nice.)

    Jeff

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    Re: Cabot Tower Demerara Rum

    Ken I'll bring some to B'town in April.

    Gary

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    Re: Danfield\'s Canadian whisky impressions

    Great notes, thanks. I had some 1980 VO recently and thought it much better than the current version, so we agree there since your '84 wouldn't be that different from the '80. Personally I like the Danfield, I get that orange note you mentioned, too.

    It's easy to improve it, Jeff! Add 20%-33% any good straight rye. Or two different ryes (one older, say Saz 18, one younger). You will have an excellent rye whiskey this way.

    Or, add a mix of bourbons and Jack: say 20% each of 2 bourbons, 10% Jack Daniels.

    Perfect! And if it doesn't work, turn it into a Sazerac per one of the recipes posted today on the Board. Can't lose!

    Gary

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    Re: Cabot Tower Demerara Rum

    Ken I'll bring some to B'town in April.

    Gary
    Thanks Gary. We have a family trip planned then so unless something changes I won't be in attendance. Things change though so we'll see.

    Ken

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    Re: Danfield\'s Canadian whisky impressions

    Or, add a mix of bourbons and Jack: say 20% each of 2 bourbons, 10% Jack Daniels.
    I just made up such a mix with 20% Old Forester Bonded (my decanter bourbon), 20% Old Taylor (which is a perfectly pleasant bourbon, but I've had on hand some time and want to finish to make room in the cupboard) and 10% Jack (which is years old as I don't really like it), and the balance Danfield's.

    Now this is what a Canadian whisky should taste like! There is a touch of a bitter finish which I attribute to the Jack, but it is a delightful whisky.

    That pesky orange still comes through, though.

    I will try a rye mix another time as rye whiskey is probably my favorite genre, and I may try the 100% rye Alberta Premium as a base for that. It is such a lean, dry whisky that it will no doubt be quite different.

    Thanks for the specific suggstion, Gary. This could be a hobby in itself!

    Jeff

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    Re: Danfield\'s Canadian whisky impressions

    I will try a rye mix another time as rye whiskey is probably my favorite genre, and I may try the 100% rye Alberta Premium as a base for that. It is such a lean, dry whisky that it will no doubt be quite different
    This took a little more work to get a balanced whisky. I started with 20% Old Rittenhouse Bonded, 20% Fleishmann's Rye (80 proof), 10% Woodford Reserve (for sweetness), 50% Alberta Premium. Too much of that lean, metallic Alberta rye. So I added another 20% (for a total of 120% ) Old Overholt. That brought things into balance.

    Only trouble is, I'm working with a 50 ml graduated flask, and this means that I have now consumed nearly 100 ml. And this is before I start cooking dinner.

    This could be a problem, as this involves sharp objects and flame.

    This is fun!

    (Probably should move the thread.)

    Jeff

 

 

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