What are “Uncharted Rums”? These are rums I have not yet had the pleasure of reviewing. This is my way to highlight and promote great rums from around the world that might be unfamiliar to most rum shoppers. So until I am able to review each of these rums they shall remain “Uncharted” to me.
Today’s Uncharted Rum comes from the Southeast Mexican town of Tapachula, near the Guatemalan border. Izapa Mayan Premium Rums have won several medals at the world’s most prestigious rum festivals including two ‘Best In Class’ at the 2013 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival.
A little history of the distillery:
“Casa Caibarí is producer of exceptional rums and spirits since 1948, in Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico. It is situated at 15 degrees north latitude; fortunate location for rum because the tropical climate; excellent soil, sun, rain throughout the year; the constant, gentle, winds; the coastal breezes and the ocean salinity contribute benignly to grow the best sugarcane thus Casa Caibarí delivering truly irreproachable distillates.
Izapa Mayan Premium Rum, manufactured here, has been recognized among the most outstanding rums of the world. Double winner of Silver Medal at the 2012 and 2013 International Rum Conference, held in Europe and champion of the 2013 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival where it won 4 Gold Medals, 2 of them as Best in Class.
A fundamental component in its exceptional formula is its aging in French and American oak barrels that takes place close to the Mayan Archaeological Site called Izapa, after which Ron Izapa received its name, benefiting immensely from the energy and mysticism of this magical place chosen as Mecca by one of the most dazzling cultures of humanity: the Maya.”
“Take the moment and join this celebration! Izapa Mayan Premium Rum is a song to Mexico. It is taste, art and tradition. It offers you a seductive experience that pleases your senses and reminds you, in every sip, the joyful celebration of life and the eternal connection of man with his spirit and with nature. This awarded Rum, born at the heart of Izapa, a truly mystic Mayan archaeological site, celebrates this fact and reminds you that life is but a moment, a unique instant, like unique is your opportunity to rejoice. Take the moment and join this celebration!”
Casa Caibarí also produces three Aguardientes: Lacanadon, Venecia, Tiburon.
Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, region of immense fertility and exuberance, produces the best rum in Mexico: Ron Izapa. Made in the best rum latitude, 15° North, for over 65 years, it is recognized among the most outstanding rums of the world. Ron Izapa –with the Caribbean taste and long tradition, has the natural flavor of Mayan Sugar Cane and the intense depth of its aging in oak barrels.
This rum is the climax of extreme dedication from Casa Caibari’s Master Ronero. His refined taste offers us a deep mahogany rum with gold sparkles that is complex yet smooth and harmonious. Aged. It delivers unparalleled balance; sweet, round, mellow, velvety, a pleasure to the palate. Delightful, full bodied, rich, with notes of fruits and toasted grains, followed by a slightly smoky end. It is a jewel to drink.
This excellent 13 year old rum is the culmination of Izapa’s master blender careful attention. Its dark amber color and intense golden reflection attest its long aging in oak barrels. Captivating, solemn, distinctive. Outstanding presence of oak on the nose. Round palate, expressive, luscious and seductive.
Well aged and extremely well blended, Izapa Black Rum, recognized internationally as the best Mexican rum in the world, offers captivating color, aromas and flavor. It opens with a sweet and rich oak flavor, notes of smooth vanilla cream and dried fruits. Opulent, silky, mellow finish that moves the senses to repeat the experience and be transported to the joy of the tropical warmth. It is extremely appetizing and elegant.
Cocoa from Chiapas, winner of several competitions, is added to this prestigious rum even before its aging, resulting in an exquisite flavor hence its international gold awards. It is a unique expression exhibiting the bold aroma of soft, milk chocolate featuring a full-bodied warm palate of light cocoa, dried nuts and vanilla leading to a warm long lingering finish, that everybody loves.
This fine expression of deep rich amber rum, offers aromas of charred Oak barrels, earth and leather. On the palate, a smooth, creamy entry fades to dried fruits and nuts with a slightly vegetal, bitter finish.
It identifies itself with the sharp, contemporary personality of the social and creative youth of today. It is fresh, clear and light; firm and smooth on the palate. Its versatile virtue is exceptionally highlighted making it ideal for the happy union with other ingredients that cocktails call for.
Pleasant coconut notes on top of sugar cane give this spirit a nice bouquet, fresh and well balanced with a mellow white rum base. Taste it on a Piña Colada. Not sweet yet it adds tropical tones to any cocktail or punch.
Crystalline, remarkably aromatic. Provides great sensory pleasure. Delicious sugar cane and coconut flavor. Its sensual profile evokes the tropical delight. Fresh and intense.
PLATINUM AGED.- An outstanding white rum, light, crisp, aged three years in American Oak, it opens with a delicately mild fruity nose suggesting its cane origin. The palate features toasted grains, oak, and a hint of smoke. Full-bodied, notably warm and smooth finish, adds richness to cocktails.