Sara and I check in to a hotel in the sleepy town of Eureka, California. The Carter House Inn in the Old Town neighborhood, to be exact.
The concierge let us know that a free glass of wine is waiting for us at the bar. We freshen up and bee-line it to the bar to enjoy our free libations.
Matthew, our bartender, was awesome. He tended to us nicely, especially when I asked:
“Can I take a look at that bottle of spiced rum you have?”
The bottle had clean lines, clear glass with a honey coloured liquor inside. I opened the wood stopper and took a whiff.
Wow! Hints of vanilla and, is that? yes. Cloves.
I normally shy away from spiced rums. I feel that the spice always overpowers the base notes of the rum itself. But, I could tell that this rum was different.
The bartender explained that it was distilled in a local distillery just south of the city. This was the distillery’s first batch of rum. They also make a Vodka as well.
I ordered a glass to sample the beverage.
The colour was light. Not a true white rum, but not dark enough to be a dark rum. I suspect that the colouring is mainly from the vanilla and spices. While sipping the generous pour, I came to two conclusions:
Firstly, this is the best tasting spiced rum I’ve ever had and I need to share this with others. Second, and most importantly: this will be the first rum to officially enter my new rum collection.
I’ve decided to start collecting rum. These bottles will represent the various places I’ve visited around the world. If I ever needed a reminder of a feeling or place I’ve been to, I will have the luxury of sampling a rum from my travels to take me back.
This rum will always remind me of the best oysters I’ve ever had and my visit to Portland for our 34th and 32nd birthdays.