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Dr. John | May 8, 202106:16 PM     15

We've attended a number of fun wine tastings during the pandemic, so when we saw that Little Sister was offering a Zoom-based rum tasting, we were only too happy to branch out.

The kit included 15 different rum samples (roughly 1.5-2 oz each), 2 rum cocktails, banana and chocolate caramel corn, and lots of branded swag (tumbler, flask, kerchief, bag, etc.). The evening began with a detailed overview of the history of rum and how it is made. We then were led through a tasting of each rum by various "ambassadors" from each label. We were impressed by the variety of flavour-notes from the different rums. And stories about the different distilleries and how they developed specific blends were fascinating. We chose to only taste tiny amounts of each rum, to ensure we could remain conscious through the evening. Others clearly took no such precautions, resulting in an increasing hilarious chat as the evening wound through its 3 hours.

For those interested, the rums we sampled were:
- Trois Rivières Cuvée de l'Ocean Rhum Agricole (Martinique)
- Appleton Estate 8-year Reserve (Jamaica)
- Appleton Estate 12-year Rare Cask (Jamaica)
- Equiano Rum (Mauritius & Barbados)
- Mount Gay Black Barrel (Barbados)
- Chairman's Reserve Legacy (St. Lucia)
- Bacardi 10 Gran Riserva (Puerto Rico)
- Santa Teresa 1796 (Venezuela)
- Flor de Cana 7 (Nicaragua)
- Flor de Cana 12 (Nicaragua)
- Brugal 1888 (Dominican Republic)
- Diplomatico Distillery 2 Edition Barbet (Venezuela)
- Gosling's Black Seal Rum (Bermuda)
- Gosling's Old Family Reserve (Bermuda)
- Lemon Hart Blackpool spiced rum (Guyana)

The next Spirited Sessions will focus on gin, sometime in June. So we plan to sign up for this one also.

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