In November of 2011 I found myself heading home after a wonderful vacation involving Puerto Rico and the Rum Renaissance Cruise. While waiting for our flight, I wandered into Duty Free and saw this bottle glowing down from the shelf. I had enjoyed a sample of this at the Rums of Puerto Rico sample station at the Tourist Center in Old San Juan and decided to pick it up.
While researching the rum, I learned it is rumored that Trigo Corp purchases it's base rum from Bacardi. It then ages the rum between 8 and 12 years in Oak barrels and blends it in small batches.
The rum comes in a box with a basic marketing statement and picture of the bottle. The bottle is a hand blown decanter bottle sealed with a cork secured with a wire tie. The Trigo crest is embossed front and center on the bottle. The neck label states that it is a 750 ml bottle along with the name and surgeon general's warning. Two clear labels provide the name and that the alcohol is 40% by volume. Minor air bubbles on the labels create a minor distraction. The liquid is honey amber in the bottle and the glass.
The aroma has a pleasant oak aroma balanced by char and sweet molasses notes.
The sweet caramel of the rum wraps the tongue, transitioning slowly as the smoky wood notes come to play. Toffee and cocoa intermingle with the warm oak flavor. There is a slight burn at the back of the throat that transitions into the finish.
Trigo Reserva Aneja is pleasant, uncomplicated rum. When a small amount of water is added the sweetness really comes out to play, taking away some of the sharp edges. Really interesting things happened when we mixed this in a Cuba Libre and especially in a Classic Daiquiri. The flavor pops make this rum a solid contender for cocktail recipes using older gold rum.
Score 7.5 out of 10 Tikis.
(Appearance 2, Nose 1.5 , Palate 4)
Sealed with a white and blue screw top with the words Habatation La Favorite around the neck along with the A.O.C. seal. The top of the cap states that the distillery was founded in 1842. The bottle is clear glass with white and blue labels with black text on the front and back. The back label also has the dual purpose of creating the image of the plantation with palm trees with the words Coeur de Canne. The front label repeats the words on the neck as well as detailing Martinique as the island of origin for the distillation and bottling of the rhum. The back label has a basic statement and legal details required for distribution in the U.S. It is bottled at 50% alcohol by volume and distributed by Caribbean Spirits Inc. out of Chicago. The labels are not cleanly pressed on the bottle which takes away from what could be an eye catching presentation.
It did not take long for the rich floral bouquet to rise from the glass. The smell reminded me of walking through a tropical flower garden. The floral notes recede only to be replaced by the smell of sugar cane.
As the liquid crossed the lips, the alcohol is immediately present but not overwhelming. The floral notes dance around the tongue as the fruity sweetness follows close behind, replacing one note with another. This sweetness evolves, adding a slight citrus note to the tongue. This lingers into the finish leaving alcohol notes on several parts of the tongue.
When I found this rum on the shelves it intrigued me. I had been looking around Metro Atlanta for a Rhum Agricole to explore and it was a bonus it was from Martinique - both can be hard to find in Georgia. The alcohol might not suit some people's palates, but I never found it overwhelming or negatively impacting the flavor experience. It is not particularly smooth but I have yet to find a three year old rum that is. The floral/fruit/cane notes created an unexpected complexity. One of my friends had mentioned that this was her go-to rum for a classic Daiquiri and Ti Punch. So of course we had to try a Daiquiri using it. The flavor combination raised the bar on this simple cocktail and was quite enjoyable.