A Look at Rhum J.M. VSOP Rhum

RHUM JM VSOP

Following up my previous look at Rhum J.M.’s Blanc and Gold offering’s I decided to take a look at Rhum J.M.’s VSOP offering.

Starting off with the unaged rhum that’s used in their blanc offering, Rhum J.M. ages this offering in a combination of American oak barrels and French Limousin barrels for a final product that is a combination of rhums aged up to ten years.

Any time sampling a spirit brings a smile to your face upon that first taste you know that’s a good sign. Rhum JM’s VSOP Rhum did just that.

Starting with a hint of caramel, the spirit takes over each and every one of your taste buds and fills them with pure joy. That first hint of a caramel is nearly forgotten as you’re hit with notes of espresso that are in constant battle for attention with notes of cocoa for the life of the party. While not as attention hogging as the flavors of espresso and cocoa, the presence of nuances of orange zest and orange marmalade jump out towards the end of the show, with a final finish that conjures a hint of tobacco.

Final Score: 9/10

And now for a new cocktail using Rhum J.M.’s VSOP Rhum:

The Wednesday Pick Me Up

2oz Rhum J.M. VSOP Rhum
¾ oz Creole Shrubb Orange Liqueur
¼ oz Cynar
1 Dash Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters
1 oz Espresso Syrup
Garnish with Burnt Orange Zest

Wednesday Pick Me Up. A combination of Rhum J.M. VSOP Rhum, Cynar, Creole Shrubb Orange Liqueur, Espresso Syrup and Chocolate Bitters

Wednesday Pick Me Up. A combination of Rhum J.M. VSOP Rhum, Cynar, Creole Shrubb Orange Liqueur, Espresso Syrup and Chocolate Bitters

A Look at Rhum J.M. Gold

Following up our previous look at Rhum J.M.’s Blanc offering is a look at their Gold offering. What if you took Rhum J.M.’s blanc offering and aged it up to five years. You’d yield an elegant example of a gold Rhum.

Rhum J.M. Gold teases you with a nose of caramel, and sugar cane that’s reminiscent of a sweet bourbon. This is no doubt due to the use of American oak barrels to age Rhum J.M. Gold. This magnificent nose is followed up notes of caramel, sweet vanilla, and the occasional hint of cocoa. These flavors of black and white are joined by notes of soft fruit and floral tones that end in a smooth and sweet finish.

Final Score:9/10

Why oh Why?
2 Dash Regans Orange Bitter
1 ¾ oz Rhum JM Gold
1 oz Bols Genever
¼ oz Lime Juice
1 oz Banana Syrup
Burnt Orange Zest
Serve in Coupe Glass

Why Oh Why. A combination of Rhum J.M. Gold, Bols Genever, Banana Syrup and Regans Orange Bitters.

Why Oh Why. A combination of Rhum J.M. Gold, Bols Genever, Banana Syrup and Regans Orange Bitters.

Em’s Summer Fizz
Rhum JM Gold Rum- 2 oz
St. Germain ¾ oz
Simple Syrup- ¾ oz
Lime Juice ¾ oz
Muddle two strawberries with the simple syrup
Shake with Eggwhite
Top with Zipang Sparkling Sake
Garnish with Half Strawberry

Em's Summer Fizz. A combination of Rhum J.M. Gold, St. Germain, Simple Syrup, Lime Juice, topped with Zipang Sparkling Sake.

Em's Summer Fizz. A combination of Rhum J.M. Gold, St. Germain, Simple Syrup, Lime Juice, topped with Zipang Sparkling Sake.

Las Vegas Mayor imbibes Bombay during Visit to London

Mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman, honored in London today with unveil of a gold-plated, Bombay Sapphire Martini.

Mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman, honored in London today with unveil of a gold-plated, Bombay Sapphire Martini.

To celebrate his first official visit to London as Mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman, was today honored with the unveil of a specially-created cocktail from London gin-maker, Bombay Sapphire, called the Goodman Gold “Double” Martini. The cocktail was created by master-mixologist, Merlin Griffiths, and will be available for the duration of the Mayor’s stay in the British capital at just-opened The Palm Steakhouse, the first of its kind in Europe.

This cocktail is a twist on the Mayor’s favorite classic gin martini, featuring a pour of Bombay Sapphire with a vermouth wash, and topped off with two gold coated olives! The lacquered olives are sure to add a touch of Vegas glitz and glamour to bar-life across the pond.

Mayors Goodman’s new martini coincides with Sapphire’s reveal of the 3 hot new trends in cocktail culture sweeping their way across the Atlantic, from Vegas to London, this fall. Polling more than 1,000 American bartenders in Vegas in August, Bombay Sapphire predicts that Americans and Brits alike will be seeing a lot more of the 3 V’s: Vegetable juice cocktails – everything from celery to pepper juice; Vinegar washes, including Basalmic and Sherry styles; and Variations on the classics. The Mayor’s martini may be a classic cocktail – but his choice of gold plated olives sure gives it an updated twist on a timeless classic.

The Goodman Gold ‘Double’ Martini

2 oz Bombay Sapphire
2 tsp Dry Vermouth
2 olives plated in edible gold for garnish

Stir Bombay Sapphire and vermouth over ice until chilled, strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish with 2 gold olives on the rim of the glass.

The Goodman Gold Double Martini

The Goodman Gold Double Martini