Callwood Spiced Rum

Callwood SPiced rum

Product of:  TortolaBVI
Aged:  up to 2 years
Price: $16
Alcohol: 40% ABV
Context: Flavored/Spiced Rum
RG Rating: 8.5

Tasting Notes
A distinctively spiced aroma from this amber-blonde rum alerts your senses to a good time.  Pronounced aromas of candied fruit and well balanced spices, such as cinnamon, clove are immediately apparent, then lesser  hints of banana, dried green apple, prune, and fig are discerned.  The initial taste shows clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, plus a bit of vanilla.  The finish is pleasant but a bit warm, as you’d expect from a rum aged briefly and with spices included inside the bottle.

Callwood’s spiced rum is blended on-site at the distillery on Tortola, British Virgin Islands, but distilled elsewhere.  It is definitely worth a visit to the historic and authentic Callwood distllery, reportedly the oldest continuously operating distillery in the Caribbean.  Located in beautiful Cane Gaden Bay, the distillery is equally authentic and photogenic; a centuries-old stone building is surrounded by sugar cane, the ancient but effective crusher easily accessible, and a pot still and other apparatus at the entrance are a feast for the rum archaeologist’s eyes. Step inside and allow Michael Callwood – great-grandson of the man who bought the operation from the Arundel estate so many years ago – to introduce you to his rums.  

Callwood Spiced Rum is enjoyable to drink and makes a great souvenir gift.  It’s simple label screams “Pirate” and “Caribbean”.  Topped with a hock of blue and white plaid cloth held in place with a hand-tied ribbon to cover the screw cap, the bottle has a fun presentation.

My first experience with Callwood spiced rum was in August 1993.  While cooling off in Cane Garden Bay’s placid waters, located just a few hundred yards from the ancient distillery on Tortola’s, Mr. Stiles offered me a shot glass of it.  I’ve appreciated great rum ever since. Served with a cube of ice, Callwood’s Spiced rum is a delicious drink, one of a few very good spiced rums that can be sipped and enjoyed on its own.  It is also plenty flavorful and refined enough to use a mixer in rum punch and other cocktails, especially the BVI’s signature Painkiller.  And when ol’ man Winter comes calling, you can bet this is the foundation for a delicious eggnog.

Reviewed October 2011 while sailing in the BVI.

© Dave Russell 2017