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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Aged Well Above the Clouds

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Diageo for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Since I was a child my dad and brother have entertained friends at home with alcoholic beverages and barbecued meat. I learned from these experiences that entertainment and drinking go hand in hand. Our parents, including my dad would always remind us to drink responsibly and in moderation. When I turned twenty-one, I had my first drink with some friends at my birthday party in our house. Our bar was stocked with rum, white and red wines, beer, and mixed drinks all served until about midnight. It was a memorable birthday, and one I will never forget. Drinking in moderation and eating BBQ of course.
I love Rum. I grew up in a country that produces almost 30 million tons of sugarcane a year and rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane. It was logical that my family kept our rum stock full. Rum is fermented and distilled and the distillate, a clear liquid is aged in oak barrels. The grades and variations used to describe rum depend on the location that rum was produced. Some of the terms used to describe types of rum are old rum, aged rum, premium rum, premium dark rum and a lot more. There are also light rums used in cocktails. Premium rums have more character and flavor and are generally consumed either straight or “on the rocks.”. The premium dark rums gain their dark color from aging in the wooden barrels. They have more flavor and are stronger in taste. One of the world's best tasting rums,Zacapa premium rum, uses only the concentrated first press of sugar cane, known as virgin sugar cane honey.
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Their ageing process takes place high up in the exzquisitely beautiful Quetzaltenango highlands, 2,300 meters above sea level, where the cool mountain air slows the ageing process, creating a unique complexity of flavour. Zapaca's House Above the Clouds is actually one of the world's highest ageing facilities, and the process employed here, a unique Sistema Solera, is based on a process originally devised by the Spaniards 500 years ago to age sherry.

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6 comments:

  1. Chay, actually, even at home too, whenever there is gathering or party, there is always alcoholic beverages, I think it is like a tradition for us since like what you said, our country is a huge producer of sugar cane related products.

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  2. echoing Betchai :-)...hubby is an expert on liquid aged well above the clouds:-)...

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  3. Zen, :)

    hehehe, you made laugh again when you said "hubby is expert on liquid aged well above the clouds :-)" hahahha!!!!

    gee, this kind of talk makes me miss home, where a lot of people i know are expert on liquid aged well above the clouds, haha!!

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  4. Well, I have done a serious study of the rums of the world. I haven't been to the Philippines but I have been to quite a few counttries that produce rum. Thus far, my two favorites are dark rums - Mt. Gay from Barbados ( that is also my favorite of the Caribbean islands ) and Gosling from Bermuda.

    I'm quite a good bartender, myself. Just recently, I've been making the favorite cocktail of my youth, the Sazerac, which is now officially the drink of New Orleans - made with 100 proof rye, absinthe, and Pechaud's bitters.

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  5. Thanks Rnsane. My favorite is called Tanduay rum, it is one of the most popular brands in the Philippines.

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  6. i will be honest, bud .. i am not a big fan of rum:) HOWEVER, i did find your post both interesting AND educational. through it, i learned things about rum that i never knew before. i liked reading the part about the ageing process taking place in the Quetzaltenango highlands, way above sea level. i think it would be so cool to get the chance to travel to that facility and see how they make rum. i imagine it is beautiful up there, as it usually is on mountaintops:) bud, i also like how you started out this post by sharing about your 21st birthday party and your first drink at your home:) i'm interested to know what you thought about that first sip? and what drink was it you first tried? anyway, great post, bud! you make a non-rum drinker like me think twice and actually consider giving Zacapa Premium Rum a shot! (pun intended)

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