DUPPY NEWS • RUM • DEC 2020
WHY IS THE DUPPY SHARE SPICED THE BEST SPICED RUM ON THE MARKET?
Over the past few years, the Spiced Rum category has seen a remarkable increase in popularity. With that has come a huge influx new challenger brands, espousing craft spicing techniques and unique flavours ranging from coconut to passion fruit, to even CBD infused spiced rums. So, due to this new surge in what was up until recently a category dominated by big players, we thought we’d ask ourselves and those around us: what actually makes a good spiced rum?
Integral to the taste and complexity of a quality Spiced Rum is the original base blend of rums from which your flavours will be built out of. Too heavy and peaty, and you may find that the other flavours added during the spicing process won’t come through as you had intended, instead being dominated by the base rum. Too weak a blend, and you’ll maybe find quite the opposite – that your rum now tastes like a rum liqueur…
Second – natural spicing is key. Too long has the Spiced Rum category been marred by artificially sweetened spirits which leave a synthetic taste in the mouth. Whilst the process may be more complicated (and more expensive), there is no doubt that a natural spicing process will leave you with more powerful and merged flavours.
Finally, choose your spices wisely. Whilst creativity is encouraged, there is no need to reach beyond the realm of spices that are naturally occurring. Clove, cinnamon, chilli, nutmeg, chocolate, zest – all of these will bring new, exciting facets to your spiced rum, often combining in unexpected ways, leaving you with myriad options from which to create your own unique liquid.
We learnt all of this on our journey with The Duppy Share Spiced. Released in January of this year, the process of developing this exceptional liquid started long before. Having meticulously whittled down our base rum through 56 iterations, we finally settled on an aged blend from Jamaica and Barbados – a similar one to our original Aged rum. This blend of Jamaican pot still and Barbadian column still has enough ‘oomph’ to still be appreciated through the spicing process, but counterbalances itself with notes of vanilla and caramel, which complimented our spicing direction.
Next, the Spices. After months development, we finally settled on an all natural combination of traditional and new-age Caribbean Spices, featuring kola nut, pineapple, nutmeg, chilli, chocolate, vanilla, and cardamom to name a few. This allowed us to create the exact blend we wanted – one that stands up on its own, but is just as easily enjoyed with a quality mixer.
We're so proud that the judges at Great Taste awarded this rum with 2* - the highest awarded Spiced rum amongst the entrants, so we hope you enjoy it too.