After joining the Rumbustion Society at Smuggler’s Cove, we have been on a (very slow) quest to hit 300 rums each, which would trigger an all-expense paid trip with Martin and Rebecca Cate to a distillery! We talked to the couple (actually in the picture below) that are about to embark next month, and they are going to Brazil to a cachaca (TBD) distillery.
To help guide Rumbustion Society members on what is new, newly acquired rums are added to their phone app with an asterisk in front of their name. The Uruapan Charanda Blanco (Mexican Agricole) was one of the asterisked one, and being fans of Paranubes (another Mexican Agricole), we sprung for the $15 pour (note this is different than the widely available blue-bottle $26.50 one, since the other one is 50% molasses, 50% cane juice – this one is 100% cane juice). Usually we find slightly different tastes and smells in a given spirit, but our notes were eerily alike for this one.
- Score - 8/108/10
Nose: Pickled radishes at a sushi bar, vinegar, sweet corn syrup
Palate: Salted worms, lime, cigarettes, grass, chalk, mineral, tart cherry, corn syrup sweetness. The mouthfeel is quite remarkable, we both independently jotted down that it was very creamy (usually we do not take down mouthfeel)
Finish: Tingly hot pepper spice at the end, short to mid, grassy and bitter
Overall: 8/10. Excellent. Would drink again gladly.
TLDR: Vinegar and corn syrup – and slightly mezcal too. Very unique.
Bought for: $15/pour at Smuggler’s Cove (MRSP $40/bottle)
Quick overview of our scoring system. Note that we try to give a “5” for an average whisky, which is lower than standard whisky scoring guides (typically around 80).
- Distillate: 100% cane juice
- Stills: copper still
- ABV: 46%
- Age: Unaged
- It is an agricultural city in Mexico
- Designated as a “Charanda”, which is a special designation much like champagne (side note: charanda means “red colored soil” in the Purepecha language)