Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Tuesday Tasting: Tommy Bahama Rum
Tuesday Tasting is a regular feature of Lyke2Drink that explores some of the best beers, wines and spirits on the market. This week we head to the Caribbean for some rum.
Tommy Bahama Rum is a rum made on the island of Barbados at the R. L. Seale Distillery, which has been crafting rum for more than 80 years. Imported by Sidney Frank Importing, the rum comes in two styles: White Sand and Golden Sun. The rum is made from blackstrap molasses and uses a yeast imported from the wine-growing regions of South Africa.
White Sand is aged for at least two years in oak barrels. It has a sweet nose and hints of coconut and mango in a fairly long flavor profile. This rum is perfect for cocktails.
Golden Sun matures a minimum of three years in oak barrels. There are nice roasted almond notes with hints of toffee in the finish. You can mix this rum or drink it over some ice.
The Tommy Bahama brand is best known for its sportswear line, but the brand can also be found on watches, furniture and even tropical-themed cafes. The extension into rum appears to fit the brand and the product is nicely made. In a category with a dominant player, the marketing power of Tommy Bahama may help generate some deserved trial for the product.