Spirit Imports of Sunrise, Florida presents South Bay Small Batch aged rum, a delicious blended spirit from the Dominican Republic. Our bottle was marked Batch Number 18.
The rum is crafted by noted master blender Ron Maestro Pedro Ramon Lopez Oliver at Bodegas Hato Neuvo, near Santa Domingo, featuring the solera method — blending older aged with younger aged rums — which have rested in barrels previously used for bourbon, sherry, port, wine and single malt Scotch whisky.
The medium amber color of this 80 proof rum is delightful. Initial aromas of creme brûlée, ripe banana, muscavado, baking spices and bread pudding lead to a note of old oak above creamy vanilla, port wine and sherry. On the palate, buttery apple pie with butter pecan ice cream is accented by dried fruit and baking spices for a rich mouthfeel. In mid-palate a hint of nuttiness appears before a late warming sensation with notes of dark cacao, drying out in the end with lingering echoes of rancio wood, similar to a cognac profile.
The bottle includes a high quality synthetic cork stopper. The package and label were well designed by EdmundsonMartin of Boca Raton.
Spirit Imports of Sunrise is lead by Alan Shayne, President of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America, Ltd.
The Dominican firm of Oliver Y Oliver is well known for aging and blending fine rums. Not a distiller, Oliver sources fresh rum from various distilleries to age and blend at their facilities, producing private label products for many popular brands.
The suggested list price of South Bay Small Batch aged rum is $27.99.
Robert Burr is the National Rum Examiner. He publishes Rob’s Rum Guide and hosts the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise, in addition to organizing the International Rum Expert Panel (RumXP).