Rogue Hazelnut Rum

Rogue Hazelnut

Product of:  USA
Age:  8 months
Price: $35
Alcohol: 40% ABV
Context: Flavored/Spiced Rum
RG Rating: 8

Tasting Notes 
Very Smooth.  A pale straw-blonde color best describes the appearance of Rogue Hazelnut Spice Rum. Aromas of toasted hazelnut (and perhaps cashew) is very pronounced, as expected. Sipping reveals a light bodied, mildly complex rum with flavors of hazelnuts, vanilla, cinnamon, and alcohol. A medium-length finish begins a little spicy, followed by tapering warmth that never strays from its namesake flavor.

Anecdotes 
The essence of Rogue’s Hazelnut Spice Rum flavor is in the distillation and flavoring. Starting with a base of Hawaiian cane sugar, the wash is fermented, then toasted Oregon hazelnuts, cloves, orange peel, cinnamon, dried ginger, and vanilla beans are introduced to the double distilled, vaporizing alcohol raw spirit, acquiring some of their flavors.  This process is rather different from many spice infusions that are either mixed into the fermenting wash or added to the aging barrels.  It’s then aged for eight months in used Jack Daniels charred oak barrels. 

The bottle is handsomely presented with the Rogue logo. Prominently displayed is an etched picture of the rogue Edward Teach, better known as Black Beard the pirate, whose short story is included on the back of the bottle.  A synthetic cork covered with plastic foil seals the rum inside. 

Opinion 
Rogue Hazelnut rum delivers exactly what its name portends: a nutty flavored, smooth rum that doesn’t require sophistication to appreciate its flavors, and strikes a nice balance between sipping and mixing rums. Either way, it’s an enjoyable drink, its quality is a welcome step up from the imitation flavored chemical stews that characterize most commercial spiced rums. I would certainly recommend serving this at a tasting of spiced rums, or with an audience who wants to identify flavors.

Reviewed:  January 2008 at the Rum Gallery, USA

© Dave Russell 2017