Cockspur 130 Overproof

Cockspur 130 Overproof-RG2

Product of:  Barbados
Aged:  NA 
Price: $24
Alcohol: 65% ABV (130 Proof) 
Sugar: 0 g/L
Context:  Overproof Rum
RG Rating: 9

Tasting Notes 
Taken within the context of overproof rums, Cockspur’s big 130 is extremely smooth when sipped in due moderation. In color and appearance:  Cockspur 130 Overproof is clear, invisible, more transparent than the tap water at The Rum Gallery.  Swirling produces prolific long legs, rather uncommon for an unaged overproof.

Approached cautiously, careful sniffing reveals a very light rum (the alcohol is surprisingly gentle), then you sense the aromas: nutty, mild citrus and delicate hints of tropical fruit (mango and papaya), with a final scent of vanilla.  Sipped neat at full strength, the initial taste is rich and creamy, heavy with butter, and taken in moderation; quite smooth.  In fact, there’s a surprising lack of the heat on the tongue that is so characteristic of high-proof rums.  The finish is dry and rather long for an over proof rum, which is to say, not very lasting, but pleasant enough.

Cockspur Rum was established in 1884.  Cockspur rums are produced by the West Indies Rum Distillery (WIRD ), located in Spring Garden just north of Bridgetown is idyllically situated.  Bordered on the West by a beach overlooking the calm eastern Caribbean Sea with a beautiful white sand beach, home to the Cockspur Beach Club, where many a tourist has learned to love Bajan rum.  Across the street from the distillery is a water production plant situated on top of a coral filtered spring, which ensures an endless supply of pure spring water for making fine rum.  The distillery is well worth visiting.

Cockspur Overproof 130 Poster-RG1

Cockspur employs two types of stills: a four column continuous still for high volume output of light rum; and two pot stills of smaller output that produce heavier, more full-bodied, aromatic and deeply flavorful rums. Cockspur rums are matured in  American oak barrels previously used for aging bourbon.

Overproof rums are meant for mixing.  As a minimum, the island locals chase their white overproof rums with water, but more often mix rum with cola.  Alternative refreshing mixers include fresh coconut water or ginger beer or ‘Ting.  Yet, arguably the most traditional West Indies drink is the Rum Punch, and it is simple to make once you master this rhyme:

One of Sour
Two of Sweet
Three of Strong
Four of Weak

In the recipe above, Sour means lime juice, and Sweet is simple syrup, sugarcane syrup, or grenadine, etc.  Strong is all about the Overproof, and Weak is juice, usually pineapple and orange, but use guava, mango as you the opportunity presents.  Add a couple dashes of bitters to top off if you like, and garnish with some grated fresh nutmeg.  The traditional rum punch is simple a palate for artistic creatinon - substitute flavors as you experiment.  But I can assure you;  Cockspur 130 Overproof represents itself and the West Indies impeccably well in traditional Caribbean rum punches.  Try it in any cocktail recipe that calls for white rum - overproof or not - and you’ll be rewarded with a richer, better tasting drink.

Reviewed:  December 2013 at The Rum Gallery, USA.

© Dave Russell 2017