One Barrel Belize Rum (750ml)
*Best Buy* The bouquet is basic but pleasing, with sweet molasses scents and some delightful cocoa and tobacco notes. The palate entry is surprisingly bittersweet and nearly dry; the flavor turns tobacco-like, almost smoky, yet appealingly sweet at midpalate. Finishes with simple, no-frills charm.
If you want a rum with pure tropical spirit, this may be it. The One Barrel rum, from the country of Belize, smells like a tropical breeze with its aromas of passion fruit, hibiscus and papaya. On the palate it is smooth and round, with just a hint of molasses flavor lingering in the background. Perfect for mixing. In June 2008 the editors at Men's Journal gave it a nod, saying: "The uncommon rum worth seeking out is Travellers One Barrel ($22). Made at a small distillery in Belize, it boasts a memorable flavor that's slightly sweet, slightly nutty, with something unexpected hidden in the lower layers. Tobacco? Coffee? Maybe it's the suggestion of those flavors, but One Barrel is ideal served up with dessert." A Gold Medal winner at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2009.