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Thanks to all who came out to join us for both Rum Clubs last week. Ballard’s was nice and intimate while Redmond’s was just the opposite. Not only did we have the usual suspects in the Redmond crowd, but we also had the crew of KCTS’ Check Please Northwest come in and do a taping for an upcoming episode which Redmond will be featured in. Very exciting stuff indeed. More to come about that show in the next couple of months and since we already did Ballard’s discussion last week, this post is all about the Redmond Rum Club.

The theme was Gold medal winners. The three rums had that similar distinction and the list was comprised of Pampero Aniversario, Dos Maderas and Angostura 7 yr.

We began the night with Pampero, a beautiful yet simple rum from Venezuela. It is a blend of 2-8 years. Sweet, oaky and warm, it paired really well with Chef Hernan’s Apple, cashew Salad, a mix of organic spring greens, cranberries, pears, swiss cheese and apples tossed in a sweet lemon, poppy seed vinaigrette. If you have not yet done so, you should try this rum out next time you come in. It is a nice addition to anyone’s rum collection. (And if you’re really lucky maybe Chef Hernan will throw his delicious salad together for you as well) ;-)

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The second rum pairing was the Dos Maderas PX 5+5. Aged for 10 years, this rum is interesting and unique in that it is aged in sherry casks for the last two years of the aging process. And it has just that definition along with some spice, caramel and chocolate. For this rum Hernan came up with a honey and walnut glazed breaded shrimp which was simply superb. Yummy on all fronts!!! For more info on this fine rum, you can go here.

The final rum of the night was Angostura 7yr. Yes, the same brand that makes bitters also has some very good rums under it’s belt. The 7 yr is one of them and it is very tasty. It is a 7 to 10 year blend aged in bourbon casks. Comes across with hints of honey, and toffee which help transport you to that faraway beach in that remote island. It paired real well with Hernan’s Toffee Tiramisu to end the night in a fun high note. For more information on Angostura rums please check them out here.

All in all we had a great time, and enjoyed each of these rums for their unique flavors and nuances. I’d love to hear your thoughts on them, and others, any time you’d like to share. Just remember while we discuss and imbibe that the best rum is the one you’re about to drink! ;)

Hasta Pronto…

Alfonso

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