Rum Review: Cockspur 130 Overproof
Cockspur 130-Proof Overproof Rum Review
Overproof rums are a staple of Caribbean culture, where you’re far more likely to find folks enjoying an overproof-based rum punch than wee drams of pricey aged rum. And while you’ve likely had a bit of the ever-present Bacardi 151, there are much more tasty entries to this category. One such rum is Cockspur 130 overproof rum. I was recently provided with a sample by Cockspur USA; let’s take a closer look.
Distilled by West Indies Rum Distillery, Ltd. on Barbados, Cockspur 130 overproof arrives in a clear upright bottle that is easily grasped by the slightly bulbous neck. The label features Cockspur’s famously proud rooster strutting from right to left. The red band on the label and red metal closure seem to imply flammability, which is of course appropriate given the alcohol percentage. Simple, handsome, and without a lot of fanfare, this bottle says only what needs to be said.
In the glass, the rum is perfectly clear. A swirl in the snifter produces a host of fast-moving legs, after which a second set of droplets form and move more leisurely toward the bottom. The nose bears a fair bit of astringency, but we expect that from a 65% ABV spirit. The aromas, however, are more pleasant than one might expect. The nose begins with some buttery grass, followed by a pronounced note of raspberry sorbet. There is also a bit of ripe cherry and a hint of fennel. Granted, overproof rums aren’t for sipping, but let’s try it neat and go from there…
The rum leaps onto the palate with a ton of heat and spice. The mouthfeel is slick and slightly oily—it’s as if the distiller added back just a bit of the tails for flavor and viscosity modification. There is red and black pepper, but the raspberry note is still here, along with a hint of cocoa. The buttery grass note rounds things out nicely, but the alcohol content is just a bit too high to dig much deeper; let’s dilute with a bit of water and try again.
After adding what I thought might be too much water, I’m surprised to find that the perceived strength is still quite high. The aromas are the same, although the astringency is clearly less pronounced. The main difference is less burn on entry, which allows me to push through and detect additional flavors including a pair of spices: cinnamon and nutmeg.
All in all, the Cockspur 130 Overproof rum was far more pleasant than I had expected it to be. The raspberry note along with grass and butter make for a delightful combination that is sure to work well with fruit juice, soda, or even in an overproof Daiquiri.
On to the scores:
- Appearance 1/1
- Aroma 1.75/2
- Mouth feel 1/1
- Taste 3.25/4
- Aftertaste 2/2
- Total 9/10
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