The 86 Co. Cana Brava Panama Rum (750ml)
This bartender-owned brand has created a light, nearly neutral rum perfect for mixing into Papa Dobles and other cocktails. Though barrel--aged for three years and blended with older rums, the appearance is nearly clear, with just a faint golden tinge. Relatively neutral on the nose and palate, this rum almost reads like vodka, with pleasant marshmallow, ginger and lime zest notes on the clean finish. (KN)
From the newly formed 86 Company, which makes spirits specifically for bartenders, Cana Brava Rum is a re-creation of an old style of rum, and is right now one of a kind on the market. After searching the US for a distillery that could make the perfect mixing rum, Simon Ford (long time Pernod-Ricard brand ambassador and industry guru) and his partners decided to go to the source. They sought out legendary rum producer Don Pancho Fernandez in Panama. Don Pancho was the Cuban minister of rum for decades and is generally credited for creating the internationally acclaimed Havana Club 7 Year Añejo. Of course, Don Pancho already makes incredible aged rums at his distillery (Zafra 21-year anyone?), but Simon wanted something different. After months of painstaking work, experimentation and retooling, they achieved the perfect recipe: a recreation of the original Carte Blanca style rum that Bacardi built its name on. Try it in a classic daiquiri!