Cockspur Fine Rum

CS Fine rum

Product of:  Barbados
Aged:  less than 5 years 
Price: $19
Alcohol: 40% ABV 
Sugar: 0 g/L
Context:  Premium/Aged Rum
RG Rating: 8

Tasting Notes
Cockspur Fine shows a brilliant medium amber color and is very easy on the nose, especially for such an affordable rum. Nicely aromatic too; with caramel, dried fruit (fig, dates), orange peel, vanilla, and cinnamon all easy to discern, and a trace of clove might be hide inside too.  The initial taste introduces a welcome oak depth to the wonderful caramel, vanilla, spice and mild ginger.  The medium body is a pleasant surprise, being more full than expected, and leading well to a finish that’s slightly sweet with caramel, milk chocolate, while a hint of cinnamon adds an interesting spicy ending.

Anecdotes 
Cockspur Rum was established in 1884.  Fine is the distillery’s most affordable aged rum imported to the States, and it is "fine".

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.  It’s well worth a visit. 

Cockspur 5 Star

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. 

The tall bottle is sealed with a screw cap, appropriate for a rum expected to be consumed rapidly, either in cocktails or sipped neat both at home and in better bars.  Trust me, it is and it will be.  Labeled as 5 Star on Barbados and sold at 43%ABV per the island's tradition.
Opinion 
Mixer or Sipper? Cockspur Fine saddles up that question and rides it like a dilemma.  It is affordable, suitably complex and smooth enough to enjoy solo or mixed.  Use Cockspur Fine Rum in cocktails like a "Bajan Breeze" that come alive with a substantial rum flavor, but also enjoy a glass neat for it’s smooth easy sipping, perfect balance of aromas and flavors.  Ladies and Gentlemen:  I believe we have a winner here. 

Reviewed: December 2011 while hosting a rum tasting cruise on S/V Diamant  in the Grenadines, West Indies.

© Dave Russell 2017