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.