The alchemy of rum
As you sit with a generous glass of A.H.Riise rum, you might not think too much about what lies behind the sweet, golden spirit. And nor should you; it’s all about enjoyment, and enjoyment is precisely what A.H.Riise rum is made for.
However, perhaps we can heighten your pleasure of this sublime drink by briefly describing some of the work that goes into creating the perfect rum.
A.H.Riise rum is a rum blend, composed of all that is wonderful, but also unexplained. The word alcohol has the same linguistic roots as the word alchemy, the art of making gold. Just as no one can explain how gold is created, it is also hard to get the precious rum barrels to divulge their secrets. The choice of what barrel the rum is aged in is crucial to ultimate quality. It is our trusty cellar master who chooses the barrels. He bases his choice on what the barrel contained previously, as well as the quality of the wood. The rum must sit in these barrels for many years, so the quality must be the best from the very start.
Rum is produced over the entire Caribbean area,and each island or country has its own special characteristics.
Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago as well as Guyana represent the British school. These are often cellar-distilled rums. The tastes are heavy, dark, spiced, lively and with an edge. The rum is vaguely familiar by its aroma, and you can almost feel the copper in the nose.
Guatemala, Nicaragua, Barbados, Panama and the Dominican Republic rums are lighter and sweeter, with distinct tones of tropical fruits, which come from the yeast strains they use there. Nothing is added, but the manufacturers work consciously with the distinctive aromas and tastes which yeast can provide.
When the master blender puts together his bouquet of rum, which will make it perfect, he must not merely consider the end product,but the entire route to be taken. The individual rums must complement, support and shape each other. A.H Riise’s cellar master must take the best from all worlds and ensure that the rum culminates in a perfectly balanced drink. When this is successful, we are left with a precious A.H.Riise rum.