Rum Review: Siesta Key Spiced Rum
Siesta Key Spiced Rum Review
Siesta Key Spiced rum isn’t available for purchase here in California, but after reading about my massive spiced rum tasting, the good folks at Drum Circle Distilling were kind enough to send me a bottle. (Update: Siesta Key can now be found at Total Wine stores in California.) Their rum is distilled from Florida molasses in a copper pot still; spices and honey are added to achieve the desired flavor profile. Siesta Key spiced is bottled at 35% ABV and retails for $20. Our bottle is from batch 28 (hand-numbered on the label, I might add).
The Siesta Key bottle is tall and upright with nice sloping shoulders and a hand-sized neck that makes pouring a breeze. The closure is a synthetic cork topped with a plasticized foam cap. The label was clearly designed to evoke thoughts of Florida: a sand dollar, nautical map, palm tree and a lifeguard shack at sunset. Pretty much ticks all the boxes! On the back label is an explanation of the product and its origins along with a recipe for a beachy punch called the Siesta Key Sunset (I’m sensing a theme developing).
In the glass, the rum presents as a deep golden bronze, and a swirl of the snifter shows what we already know: there is honey added to this mix. The drops that form take an eternity to descend.
The aromas detected on nosing include orange zest, vanilla, caramel, nutmeg and cinnamon. There’s also a bit of cardamom, coffee and cocoa. Let’s have a taste.
As the rum enters, there is a bit more heat than the 35% ABV would foretell, and the spices and the young spirit combine to make me sit up in my chair. Now conditioned to the elixir, I notice the flavors: cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, orange, vanilla and butterscotch. As I pause to evaluate the finish, I’m pleased to find no saccharin bitterness. The finish is instead dominated by the vanilla and citrus notes with a bit of coffee and clove.
Siesta Key Spiced rum is another example of what you can do when you combine quality rum with natural spices. It manages to be complex and assertive while maintaining the smoothness many spiced rum drinkers desire. It’s good enough to drink over ice, which is saying a lot in this category. Had this rum been in the Spiced Rum Challenge, it would have placed in the top two.
On to the scores:
- Appearance: 1/1
- Nose: 1.75/2
- Mouth feel: 1/1
- Taste: 3/4
- Aftertaste: 2/2
- Total Score: 8.75/10