Getting the measure of... Cut Rum

Let me start by telling you that I have a new favourite rum. A rum that has changed my life. From now on, I will only ever drink this rum and nothing else. When I go to a bar, I will only ever order this rum and, if they don't have it, I will tell them that I'll wait for it anyway, and just stand there for the rest of the evening tutting and looking at my watch.

On my deathbed, I will ask for my saline drip to be replaced with this rum. Not just the saline, but the whole saline drip, each part to be replaced by this rum, apparatus and all.

There are no worries left in the world - no Brexit, no Trump, no relentless slow-marching towards one's own inevitable demise - because all that exists is this rum. And me. And my drinking of it.

And it's all thanks to Cut Rum, a brand that is almost brazen in sticking it to the market, declaring:

"We make quality authentic rum using only natural ingredients.
No pirates. No sea monsters. No pin-up girls.
Just the best tasting rum for people who know the difference."

Yikes. Shots fired. And then poured and drunk.

They have a point though. As detailed at the Cut Rum website, there are a lot of brands on the market that are selling rum products that can't even legally be defined as 'rum' due to a low alcohol strength. Meanwhile a lot of spiced rums are cutting corners by not even really including any actual spices, or using artificial flavourings instead.

But Cut Rum doesn't cut corners. Cut Rum is a cut above.

Give me a break, they started it.
Cut Rum uses only natural ingredients, with the rum itself sourced directly from Jamaica, and distilled in copper pot stills made in Scotland, until it is then aged in ex-bourbon barrels from the US. The point is clear: the makers of Cut Rum care most of all about quality, and this is evident across all three of the products in their range: Spiced Rum, Overproof Rum and... introducing one of the UK's very first smoked rums.

It is this last product that's the real game-changer for me. The one that has inspired me to have a spiritual awakening and give up all my earthly possessions to instead lead a quiet life of servitude at the altar of this bottle.

I'm a fan of smoke anyway, just as I'm a fan of rum, but together, Cut Rum's Cut To The Smoke is a beautifully balanced product that offers strong tobacco and oak alongside a soft and light sweetness. In case I haven't made it clear, it really is quite something.

But then the whole range is cutting edge, with no shortcuts. And it will get you half-cut. Ok, I'll stop. Let's cut to the recipes.

Cut To The Daiquiri

1oz Cut To The Overproof Rum
1/2oz Cut To The Smoke Rum
1oz Lime Juice
3/4oz Lemon And Lime Sherbert Syrup

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a fancy lime wheel thing.
This is a riff on Cut Rum's own Overproof Daiquiri, but I swapped out plain sugar syrup for a brighter, zestier homemade sherbert. I loved the idea of adding a hint of smoke to this otherwise strong classic, and - as suspected - it works wonderfully.

The Overproof Rum is amazingly smooth at 151 proof and 75.5% ABV, and has remarkably sweet flavours to go with its natural spices. This is a marvel in itself, before you add the other ingredients for this drink.

Cut To The Tiki

2oz Cut To The Spice Rum
3/4oz Lime Juice
1/2oz King's Ginger Liqueur
1/2oz Pineapple Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Method: Add all ingredients to a suitable Tiki-style vessel (or just a highball glass) and fill with crushed ice. Swizzle with a barspoon and then add more crushed ice on top. Garnish with a lime wedge and pineapple fronds.
Obviously next in line for any series of rum experiments has to be a tiki drink. The Spiced Rum contains nutmeg, ginger, vanilla pods, aniseed, cinnamon, black peppercorn, coriander seed and lemon peel, and I have enhanced the ginger flavour here with the liqueur to make a super-spiced drink fresh from the Caribbean.

Cut To The Smoked Old Fashioned

2oz Cut To The Smoke Rum
1/2oz Demerara Sugar Syrup
2 dashes Orange Bitters

Method: Build the ingredients in a glass and stir with ice. Garnish with a dehydrated orange wheel.
Sometimes, when you want to taste a product, you have to just enjoy it in its simplest form. There's a ton of drinks I could have made with this Smoked Rum, there's a ton of drinks I still WANT to make with this Smoked Rum... in fact I want to do things to this Smoked rum that would have my blogger's license revoked. But when presented with one of the UK's first smoked rums, how could you not have an Old Fashioned?

So I did. And it was glorious.
For more information, better photos and more professional explanations about the processes, you can visit Cut Rum website.

Tags: Cut Rum, Spiced Rum, Smoked Rum, Overproof Rum, Rum

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