After sitting on my rum shelf for 4 years (I have patience and procrastination ability like no one else), I finally decided it was time to open these three bottles and see what’s what. You’re looking at Lost Spirits’ Polynesian Inspired, Cuban Inspired, and Navy Style rums. They are made in California and the production process is so completely unlike anything else it deserves a bit of a discussion. Too long; didn’t read: Lost Spirits rums look gorgeous and taste even better.
There are no age statements. In a blind tasting of one of these rums, you would conclude it has spent a long time aging in oak - a decade at least - it’s deliciously smooth considering the high alchohol content, with lots of the characteristic caramel, vanilla and oak character of a really old rum. So, how long did it spend aging in oak? One week.
Bryan Davis of Lost Spirits pioneered a new aging process where by his spirits spend a week “aging” inside a chemical reactor - no barrels, though there is plenty of wood contact through the use of charred oak blocks. Essentially the reactor forces the creation of wood-derived precursor molecules that normally takes decades to form - and then forces the esterification of those precursors into delicious medium and long-chained compounds - the defining characteristic of a well-aged spirit.
Navy Style rum (136-proof)
On the nose: pure banana and funk; smells like a Jamaican rum. The palate opens funky with lots of heavily charred oak, followed immediately by toffee, roasted coffee and a very distinct cocoa character (not used to that in a rum!). Then more banana, burnt caramel and baking spices. The finish is tarry, it’s so intense with burnt oak and finishes with roasted nuts and dark chocolate. Incredible. Did I mention it’s 68% abv and unfiltered?
Cuban Inspired rum (151-proof)
Opens with a tidal wave of dark brown sugar, caramel, and molasses, then the charred oak comes through and finishes with vanilla. This is by far the highest-proof spirit I’ve ever been able to drink neat, and the surprising thing is it’s even delicious. A pretty stunning achievement and I'm excited about the cocktail applications.