Siesta Key Spiced

Siesta Key Spiced

Product of:  Florida, USA
Aged:   NA
Price: $20
Alcohol: 35% ABV
Context: Flavored/Spiced Rum
RG Rating: 7.5

Tasting Notes 
Very Smooth.  Siesta Key Spiced Rum shows a bright gold color, due in part to the addition of honey to the rum for added sweetness. Pleasant aromas of vanilla, cinnamon, orange, nutmeg, allspice, and coconut are all readily apparent, combined with with light brown sugar and twinge of alcohol. The initial taste is very smooth, warm and slightly spicy with cinnamon, tropical fruit, vanilla, allspice, anise, cardamom, and white pepper on a medium weight body.  The finish is sweet from the vanilla and honey, and spicy with a bit of cinnamon at the end. 

Anecdotes 
Siesta Key rums are produced by Drum Circle Distilling in Sarasota, Florida from molasses based on 100% Florida-grown sugarcane.  Prior to fermentation, the molasses based wash is rested for a few days,  allowing sediment and particulate matter to settle to the bottom of a funnel-shaped stainless steel tank.  The sediment is extracted, as Siensta Key Co-founder Troy Roberts claims this results in a cleaner tasting distillate.  He is also very particular about the strains of yeast used for fermentation, claiming that choosing the right yeast “is one of the most critical steps in making the final flavor.”  Drum Circle uses a blend of several yeasts chosen from over 40 samples to get the flavor they desire.

The fermented mash is double distilled in a beautiful little finely tuned copper pot still produced by Christian Carl in Germany.  The distillate exits the still at about 180 Proof (90% ABV).  It is stored and “bubbled” in stainless steel tanks for approximately two weeks, making the spirit more mellow before the spices are added. 

Update Spring 2012:  Siensta Key reformulated their Spiced rum by reducing the amount of cinnamon and increasing the orange aromas and flavor.  After tasting the two side by side, I'd say the difference in aromas and flavor is noticeable but subtle.  While the 2012 version is more balanced, both formulas provide us with a pleasant rum suitable for mixing or enjoying on ice.

See the Coastlines and Tan Lines video episode featuring Drum Circle Distilling and Siesta Key rums on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=P_w8ckbvECE#!

Opinion 
Siesta Key Spiced Rum shows a slightly occluded yellow-gold color (hopefully the clarity is diminished by added spices and flavors).  Vanilla and butterscotch aromas are most prevalent, closely followed by lemon citrus, cinnamon and pineapple.  The initial taste is pleasantly  dramatic, with warm cinnamon and vanilla almost balanced by tart citrus, resulting in a substantial flavored/spiced sipping rum that tastes  less chemically doped than the current mass-produced, tarted-up, formulated “rums” shot out of marketing cannons on hyperbolic trajectories.  A medium-to-heavyweight body add character to a lingering finish of sweet vanilla and lemon.

Reviewed:  April 2011 in Miami at Rum Renaissance Festival for te first time, then again in September 2011 at the Rum Gallery, USA for this review, adn finally in May 2012 for the update.

© Dave Russell 2017