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Old 12-02-2007, 10:49 PM   #1
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Default Tuthilltown Spirits River Rum

I just got this from LeNell's in Brooklyn:

REPEAL DAY SALE

Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Noon to Midnight
NEW ITEMS:
Tuthilltown Spirits River Rum $40: This is our New York distiller's latest addition. Great holiday gift.

If you're in the NY area you probably know LeNell and this looks like a good reason to go there one more time, or to find her place for the first time.

Does anyone know of Tuthilltown Spirits River Rum? I haven't come across them but look forward to learning more about this new spirit.
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Ed,

They had a table at Rum Fest in New York. One of their two distillers was there and introduced it to us. Its nice and smoky, takes on a lot of the bourbon barrels they're aged in. Tuthilltown also has a bourbon called "Baby Bourbon" and three or four other spirits. I bought two bottles of Hudson River rum for my bar...

the catch... while the bottles are $40 each, they are only 375ml bottles. He plans to expand to 750s soon. Good rum, but not worth the money IMO.

Perhaps Scott got a taste of it and can lead more insight as to the tasting notes of it?
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I did taste it, but I loathe too much smokiness so I can't say much beyond "I didn't like it."

I also don't like any Scotch or whiskey I've ever had, and I am just beginning to tolerate Woodford Reserve (but still don't care for Maker's Mark). So take my statement with an understanding of this hatred of smoke tastes.
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It has a very big woody taste. The new oak casks give it a strong bourbon type of character.
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There is a huge difference between spirits which have been aged in new wood and those aged in used barrels. The wood is most aggressive in the beginning and like rum it mellows with age.
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It has a very big woody taste. The new oak casks give it a strong bourbon type of character.
Its not aged in bourbon barrels? My mistake, although i do get strong hints of bourbon from it.
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I've not had contact with the distiller, but the wood flavors many people associate with bourbon have more to do with the wood than the spirit. Prichard's Fine Rum is a very good example of a rum, aged in small new barrels, which has a very bourbon-like flavor. Used barrels rarely exhibit this to the same extent as new barrels, especially if the barrels are the standard 168 - 250 liter bourbon or whiskey barrels.
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Funny, I didn't get anywhere near the same amount of woodiness out of Prichard's Fine Rum. Checking my tasting notes I find no mention of barrel or smoke or wood. (Which just means that I didn't find these in sufficient quantities to generate mention. Any might have been there in the background.)
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I've not had contact with the distiller, but the wood flavors many people associate with bourbon have more to do with the wood than the spirit. Prichard's Fine Rum is a very good example of a rum, aged in small new barrels, which has a very bourbon-like flavor. Used barrels rarely exhibit this to the same extent as new barrels, especially if the barrels are the standard 168 - 250 liter bourbon or whiskey barrels.
I didnt know this. I always felt that Prichards had its strong bourbon flavor from the barrels, as I am sure used barrels are cheap in TN. Im embarrased to admit it, but I felt that Prichards fine rum was poorly blended, as the bourbon is the only taste I got out of it. While I still dislike it, its good to know where the flavor is really coming from. Do you know what kind of barrels he uses?
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From the web site:
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Prichards' Fine Rum is sealed in new, 15-gallon charred oak casks made from the heartwood of the white oak tree. Then, with the passing of time, as if by magic, the barrel imparts its sweet toffee and other wonderful flavors into its contents.

It certainly would be more cost effective for us to age Prichards' Fine Rum in the standard larger barrels. Using smaller casks similar to those used to produce fine cognac confers brandy-like flavors to Prichards' Fine Rum.

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