Old New Orleans Cajun Spiced Rum

Old New Orleans Cajun Spiced rum

Product of: New Orleans USA
  d:AgeBlend of new and 4 year old single barrel rums
Price: $26

Alcohol: 40% ABV
Context: Flavored/Spiced Rum
RG Rating: 8.5

Tasting Notes
Very Smooth.  New Orleans Cajun Spiced rum is deep copper and caramel in color. It’s complex and clean nose reveals a kaleidoscope of fused aromas including nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, cherry-vanilla, a hint of fennel, but no burning alcohol sensation.  Initial tasting brings out the vanilla and cool spices.  A medium body supports additional cayenne pepper. The finish is appropriately warm, of medium length, exiting with some spicy warmth. 

I was introduced to Old New Orleans Cajun Spiced Rum while judging at the “Ministry of Rum” tasting competition in New Orleans in 2007.   Since Cajun Spiced Rum’s makers – Celebration Distillation – is located nearby in the heart of New Orleans, a facility was arranged with distillers Mike "Elvis" Karnowski and Chris Sule.  According to them the idea for Cajun Spice came “one lucky night in March of 2007,”  presumably meaning they performed the rum equivalent of: ‘when you are given lemons, make lemonade!’  Back then, Old New Orleans rums were, um, a bit harsh, and only in the past few years have better filtration and aging techniques been applied to make them smoother.  I believe Cajun Spiced was formulated to take best advantage of the rum’s rough edges – by adding spices to yield complimentary flavors that are greater than the sum of its parts.  Good job.

The base rum is made from pure brown cane sugar in small 500 gallon batches ensuring excellent quality control. Like all their rums, the presentation is simple and direct; a tall round clear bottle with distinctive red label and a fleur-de-lys sticker above it capped off with a red foil encased screw cap.  A print from an original painting of New Orleans architecture appears on the back side of label.  The artist is James Michalopoulos, who founded the distillery, but his work is more fully appreciated when the rum is gone! 

The folks at the Celebration distillery devote their creative energy toward developing new distillation processes and filtration techniques to develop better rums, and it is paying dividends.  Cajun Spice is smooth and complex enough to enjoy neat, while a little ice may enhance and balance the flavors.

Reviewed: May 2008 at the Rum Gallery, USA.

© Dave Russell 2017