“Ballard experiences some of best rums in the world!”

This past April in Miami, The Miami Renaissance Festival held it’s annual rum competition to crown the best rums in the world by classification. Last week in Ballard we tasted three of these award winning rums.

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The first rum we we tried on the night was Diplomatico Añejo (best in class: “gold” rum). Mostly used as a mixing rum, the Añejo was well prepared to fly solo. The palate was excited with cinnamon, brown sugar and spicy oak, followed by a great burn that left a nice tingle long after the rum was swallowed. The  Añejo was paired with a carrot soup consisting of slow cooked carrots and seasoned with garlic, oregano and cumin. A perfect pairing! Leftovers made there way over to the Market Arms after the event and were once again met with rave reviews.

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A late stand-in, Mount Gay 1703 (best in class: “Super Premium” rum) replaced the Plantation Guyana and excited the masses. Notes of molasses, spices and leather teased the senses and the palate jumped with the taste of oak, smoke and light hints of caramel. Everyone was pleased when baked salmon sliders were brought out to complement the 1703. Served on a cute mini bun and seasoned with adobo, oregano and mayoketchup (very traditional Puerto Rican condiment!) the siders were also “Super Premium”.

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The last, and most talked about rums of the evening was the El Dorado 21 year (best in class: “19-21 yr aged” rum). Distilled in Guyana at Plantation Diamond on the East bank of the Demerara River, not many other rums can compare, or even stand up to the 21 year. The nose was full of spices, orange peel, vanilla and dried fruits. On the tongue; oak, toffee, brown sugar and raisins make this one BAD ASS rum. The dessert portion of our menu was a Kahlua Tiramisu! This coffee-flavored dessert consisting of lady fingers, mascarpone cheese, coffee, cocoa and drenched with Kahlua Liqueur was quite simply, amazing.

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A special thanks to Jason, Alonzo, Lloyd, Hernan, Eric and Karen. Another huge thanks goes out to the ladies who brought the neat plastic horse masks…your originality put a huge smile on our faces.

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Until next month, Cheers! Here are a few more photos from the night!

~ Juicy

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