Trends come and go in the world of spirits. For the last few decades in the world of rum, the focus has been on lighter, more neutral rums with little to no real flavor. Rum distillers tried to chase the success of vodka and, in doing so, ruined the opportunity for many people to actually understand what a white rum can taste like. Luckily, there are a few white rums bursting with flavor, most notably Nicaragua’s famous Flor De Cana and now the multi-country Denizen Rum.
At a suggested MSRP of $15.99 and packaged in an unassuming bottle, few people will look twice at Denizen on the shelf of a store, but those in-the-know will be on their way to discovering one of the great treasures of the rum world.
Denizen Rum has an interesting story. They actually take two different styles of rum from two different Caribbean countries and ship them to Holland to blend and age. The first rums, from Trinidad, are made at the famous Angostura Distillery—more famous for its bitters, but a producer of world-class rums as well. They take these rums, which are column-distilled, charcoal-filtered, and then aged as long as five years in old bourbon barrels, and mix them with 15 types of pot still rums made on the island of Jamaica.
So why are they shipping these rums to mix and age in Holland? The short answer is tradition. The Dutch were some of the major colonizers and traders in the Caribbean since the 1700s and would return home to age and blend rums.
Denizen is a crystal-clear rum, with a soft, gentle nose with notes of toasted coconut, sugar cane, pineapple, and vanilla. On the palate, it is surprisingly full-bodied with bright tropical fruit and grassy notes. As the rum begins its finish, notes of vanilla bean, chocolate, and nutmeg are detectable. The result is nothing less than one of the best rums on the market at any price point. Stock up now, because once people figure out what this rum is, it won’t come in a bland bottle and be priced at just $15.99.
There are plenty of rums that run twice the price and do not deliver nearly the amount of flavor and complexity that Denizen rum does. This is simply a superb rum, and one that has the potential to change the entire white rum category. Try this in Mojitos, Daiquris, and Ti Punches this summer, and you might find that you’ve found an amazing spirit at a very affordable price.
Disclosure: I received a sample of this product from Citizen Spirits for review. No other compensation from Citizen Spirits was received.