One of the souvenirs we brought home from our visit to the Prichard's Distillery in Kelso Tennessee, Prichard's Fine Rum is considered by many to be the flagship rum of the company. The distillery began aging products in 1997 and selling their product in 1999. Now this small batch rum is aged between three and five years in 15 Gallon white oak barrels. They use Table Grade "A" molasses from Louisiana for all of their rums to ensure the high quality they demand of their rum line.
The rum has the appearance of molten copper in the bottle and glass. The bottle is corked, sealed with a black bottle cap secured with a gold ribbon and heat sealed on. The vanilla colored labels adorn the front and back providing the basic information on the rum.
As I fill the glass an earthy oak aroma with hints of dark chocolate and molasses wafts from this glass. As I let the glass breathe, this forms into the foundation of the aroma. Spicy roasted fruit forms the next level with hints of caramel closing with a sharp pop of pepper. I revel in the complexity and sip my glass.
The sweet swirl of molasses is chased by the earthy grounding of the peat, vanilla and oak. I detect hints of lemon, pepper, chased by warm caramel which carries to the finish.
This rum was created in the style of the New England rum our founding fathers would have drunk while crafting the constitution. This hand crafted American rum has a pleasant aroma and unique taste that distinguishes it from others in the market place: Smooth on the front end with a rough and tumble finish. The strength of the finish has the old world kick I would expect from the rums of the revolution. Crafted for sipping neat or with an ice cube, make sure you have a nice size snifter to enjoy it.