1 Barrel

1 Barrel rum

Product of: Belize 
Aged: 2 years
Price: $28
Alcohol: 40%
Context: Premium Aged Rum 
RG Rating: 7.5

Tasting Notes
One Barrel Rum is a golden pale straw color, signs of its relative short period of aging in oak. On the nose you find light aromas of maple syrup, vanilla wavers, and a mild whiff of alcohol. The first taste reveals a light body with an unassuming amount of heat and flavors of vanilla-caramel (like a Werther's® Original® Hard Candy) and white pepper. The finish is smooth, semi-sweet, slightly warm, all of which dissipates rapidly.  

Anecdotes
Created in 1964, Travelers One Barrel is the flagship brand and a pioneer in Belizean rum. The rum begins as molasses where it’s distilled and aged in Kentucky Oak Barrels for 12 months. 

Travellers, the company who produces 1 Barrel, 5 Barrel Reserve, and Don Omario rum, began in the 1950’s as a beer and liquor importer initially and found that many local bars were making their own home made blends of rums for exclusive sale. The company followed suit and after much searching for a consistent blending process One Barrel was born. Over the years times changed as the company grew and new generations came on board. Partners came in and eventually the company changed control and in 1989 the distillery and production facilities were significantly upgraded to be able to support the desire to export their rum. One Barrel Rum is currently the number 1 best selling rum from Belize. 

Opinion
1 Barrel strikes a nice balance between aging and mixing, delivering mild complexity and smoothness to sip, but also adequately strong flavors that can stand up in the right mixed drink.  The aromas of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla and wood are deeper than I expected, while the slight earthiness and absence of pungent aromas suggests a clean distillation, filtration and aging process.  1 Barrel delivers a reasonably sweet initial taste like maple sugar, a touch of dry leather and vanilla in a medium-light body, finishing smoky, sweet, with a little warmth in the throat.

Reviewed:  December, 2009 at the Rum Gallery, USA.

© Dave Russell 2017