Hamilton New York Blend Rum


Hamilton New York Blend Rum

After blending the Hamilton Navy Strength Rum, a New York bar group asked foro a rum to be mixed in their daiquiris. Sounds simple, right? Believe me if it was that simple someone would have already done it.  The starting point was the 60/40 blend of Guyana and Jamaican rums that are the keys to Hamilton Navy Strength.

After diluting down to 84 proof Ed found that 60/40 was a bit heavy with the Jamaican rum on the palate. After more tests at varying proportions and at 80, 82 and 84 proof the blend was finalized. High proof Jamaican and Guyana aged rums are blended together and slowly stirred for 48 hours before dilution to 84 proof with filtered well water at the Five & 20 Distillery in Westfield, NY.

The lower proof lets the aromas in the rum come through. Look for honeyed stone fruit in the nose followed by smoky hints of caramelized fruit. The first taste reveals smoky cedar, dark fruit, spice and more smoky fruit flavors leading into a long finish with a brine note underlying the smoky wood finish.