A combination of rums originating from the 5 islands of Trinidad, Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados and Indonesia, the rums are aged between a period of a few months up to five years. Prior to bottling, Banks uses a single charcoal filtration system to remove the amber hue that comes from the aging process. The folks behind Banks hope the removal of the amber hue that aging bestows will aid in the end presentation of cocktails by not adding any additional color that might not mesh well with other ingredients.
Banks 5 Islands starts off with touches of funk aka hogo, that segues into a rum that’s brimming with so many flavors my mind started going nuts with cocktail ideas after a few tastes.
Once you get past the funk that many rums have Banks 5 Island hits you with flavors of espresso,lime, vanilla, bitter orange, and a back end of cocoa married to touches of grapefruit. On further tastes, flavors of ripe strawberries, hazelnut, cardamom, blackpepper and harvest spices.
Banks 5 Island is one of those rare spirits that you could consider “inspiration in a bottle.”
Rating: 9.5/ 10
*Hogo-The funky, weird aroma and often taste that sugarcane spirits throw off.
And without further ado those recipes I mentioned above that sprang to life during the tasting of Banks 5 Island.
Those Bitter Harpies
1 1/2 oz Banks 5 Island
1/2 oz Beefeater London Dry Gin
1/2 oz Campari
1/2 oz Lillet Blanc
1/2 oz Orgeat
½ oz Vanilla Syrup
2 Dashes Green Chartreuse
Directions: Shake all ingredients except Yellow Chartreuse with ice.
Strain and pour into Zombie Mug that’s filled with crushed ice.
Garnish with grapefruit peel that’s been soaked with Green Chartreuse.
The Time Warp
1 3/4 oz Banks 5 Rum
1/2 oz Crème De Cacao
1/2 oz Cocchi Americano
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Cinnamon Syrup
2 Dashes Pernod Absinthe
1 Dash Mole Bitters
1 Dash Angostura Bitters
Directions: Combine ingredients in shaker. Shake with Ice. Strain and serve in cocktail glass.
Down the Wishing Well
1 1/2 oz Banks 5 Island Rum
1/2 oz St. Germain
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 Carpano Antica
2 Dash Bittermens Xocalti Mole Bitters
Directions:Combine Ingredients in mixing glass. Stir with ice. Strain into cocktail glass.