Lost Spirits Distillery in Monterey County, California today announced the newest addition to their family of intense spirits, a cask-strength high ester Navy style rum.
This 136 proof expression opens with bold, rich aromas of dark caramel and tropical fruit.
Master distiller and Blender Bryan Davis built a reputation for developing absinthe and whiskey using old-fashioned authentic fermentation and distillation methods. Now he has turned his attention to rum.
Bryan's spirits have earned him a gold medal from the Beverage Testing Institute, a silver medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Awards, a coveted mention in the Wine Enthusiast best of 2008 issue, a best-in-class rank for the absinthe in Imbibe Magazine, and 92 points from Anthony Dias Blue.
His 100% pot still rum is designed to make the rum enthusiast reconsider how one might define rum and challenge the convention of modern rums.
Lost Spirits Navy Style Rum is fermented from 100% Grade A baking molasses and evaporate sugar cane juice. This initial expression of his dunder series is made using a tropical fruit dunder of overripe banana, much the same way it might have been created for the British Navy hundreds of years ago. No additives, no sweeteners, and no coloring have adulterated this product.
The final distillate is matured in Sherry seasoned, virgin American Oak barrels, then bottled at cask strength.
Bryan's philosophy on making his high ester rum is based on his scientific and historical approach to the process. "Everyone wants to talk about age, but in truth the barrel should only represent the final step that catalyzes a chain of chemical reactions and brings all the work together from each step of the spirit production process."
"Long chained esters are made by bonding multiple acids of different types and alcohols together. By choosing or making raw materials that have the right aromatic acids in them from the start, we boost our overall end ester count in the process."
"A carefully made dunder can yield more carboxylic acid than many years in a barrel. In my case the overripe bananas are a critical component of the yeast starter."
The result is a rum like no other, with deep mahogany color, aromas of dark ripe fruit, a sweet earthiness, treacle and baking spice. On the palate, this overproof spirit expands boldly with robust complexity while remaining amazing smooth, offering a very long luxurious experience reminiscent of a traditional Jamaican or Guyanese produced British Navy rum. The bouquet delivers dark candied fruit, a balsamic note, fresh oak and vanilla and a reflection of Bananas Foster dessert before fading very slowly with a rich, warm finish suggesting toasted almonds.
Lost Spirits Navy Style Rum stands alone among American made rums, offering a profile that recalls authentic spirits from another era. It hearkens a time when rum was robust and rich, made to satisfy the palate of hard-working sailors and worldly officers, faithfully reflecting the tropical ambiance of the Caribbean region where this style of rum was born.
Bryan Davis will be offering a seminar on how his Lost Spirits Navy Style Rum is made at the upcoming Miami Rum Renaissance Festival held at the DoubleTree Miami Airport Hotel and Convention Center April 25 to 27, 2014.
Robert Burr is the National Rum Examiner. He publishes Rob's Rum Guide and hosts the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise, in addition to organizing the International Rum Expert Panel (RumXP).