Rum Appreciation

Rum Appreciation

Rum casks

In recent years, single cask rum has been favoured by many a whisky connoisseur as a “malternative“. Rum is produced by a process of fermentation and distillation, followed by aging in oak casks. You may notice this is comparable to whisky to a large extent. The raw material of rum typically comes from sugarcane by-products, such as molasses, or directly from fresh sugarcane juice (rhum agricole). This highly depends on the region of production.

The Caribbean and Latin America have a long history of being recognised as the cradle of famed rum producers. Although in the modern age, great rums are produced just about everywhere in the world.

Many whisky-lovers have encountered a common problem when they first dive into the world of rum, as there is little to no universal standards or classifications in rum. For example, Jamaican rum has different tiers of ester levels in their liquid and Guyana rum uses various usage of stills; pot stills, column stills, or even wooden stills…

Fortunately, our knowledgeable team at Cask Trade are on hand to answer any queries you may have surrounding rum and rum cask investment. What’s more, we can help you to understand which casks to buy for whatever purpose suits you. Be it for investment, bottling or purely for your enjoyment, get in touch with us. We will embark on the journey of rum with you!

To find out more about Rum Cask Investment, contact The Masters today!

Meet The Masters – Lee Tomlinson

Meet The Masters – Lee Tomlinson

Meet the Masters - Lee Tomlinson

Cask Trade Director Lee welcomed the world of whisky after being put through a vigorous tasting induction of some cask strength scotch; from that moment he never looked back, and this experience alone was enough to convince him to diverge his career path from wine to whisky…

How long have you worked for Cask Trade?
From the beginning!

What first ignited your passion for Whisky?
I was working in the wine industry, with a retailer who also owned a famous whisky store. As part of the training, I spent a day at our whisky store, and after being put through a vigorous tasting induction of cask strength whiskies, I asked to move to work in that store…

What are your top three favourite Scotch whiskies and why?
Not necessarily the best three I have tasted, but three that linger in my memory. In no particular order:
Auchentoshan 1979, 32-year-old. A whisky with possibly one of the best noses I’ve had the pleasure to try.

Glen Ord 25 years old. If I were to give one whisky that describes my perfect style of whisky this would be it. Heather, honey a hint of peat.
Talisker 57 degrees North. This comes to mind as I know they have recently discontinued it. For me this was one of my go-to whiskies, Talisker is perhaps one of my favourite distilleries, at high strength and affordable, winner!

What are your top three favourite World whiskies and why?
Again in no order and I’ll limit to just the distilleries –
– Paul John based in India
– Mackmyra from Sweden 
– Finally, I’ll go with an English distillery, though I’m torn between St Georges in Norfolk and the Cotswolds Distillery – although, I’m more excited by my local distillery White Peak in Derbyshire.

What are your favourite flavours? Which aspects of whisky are the most important for you?
Probably flavours most people would associate with the Highlands and coastal regions, so light peat, salt, honey, wax. I’m not a fan of overly cask-influenced whisky, and although the trend at the moment is towards dark, heavily sherried whisky, I would rather drink a whisky matured in a refill sherry cask with more of the distillery character.

Your favourite whisky cocktail?
A good Rob Roy!

Whisky with water or straight cask strength?
Depends very much on the whisky; some cask strength whiskies benefit from water others really don’t. I’d always try neat to begin.

What do you like most about Cask Trade?
The team we have is fantastic, everyone is passionate about whisky and most buy casks themselves, so they are invested emotionally and financially much like our clients.

Why should people invest in Whisky Casks?
The ease of purchase and subsequent sale cannot be overestimated in terms of importance to any buyer. We make the process as inclusive as the client wants, whether a whisky expert or complete novice.

To find out more about what Cask Trade can do for you, don’t hesitate to contact the team today and let’s talk whisky!

Meet The Masters – Jessica Simmons

Meet The Masters – Jessica Simmons

 

Meet the Masters - Jessica Simmons

Working in the alcohol business runs in the family for our new Sales & Marketing Executive Manager Jessica; her father’s background in the Beer Industry is what spurred her on to pursue a career in spirits and more importantly, whisky!

How long have you worked for Cask Trade?
About a month now!

What first ignited your passion for Whisky?
I have always been interested in the alcohol industry as my father is in the Beer Industry. But, my love for whisky really ignited when I started working for Master of Malt five years ago. I was able to discover there is a lot more to whisky than just heavy peat! Once I started tasting I never looked back!

What are your top three favourite Scotch whiskies and why?
Glenfarclas 25-year-old – great winter dram, love all the chocolate, nutty and Christmas cake flavours.
Glenkinchie 12-year-old – lovely summer evening dram with lots of honey and apple notes, easy light drinking.
Auchentoshan 18-year-old – another Lowland with zesty and floral notes, alongside some vanilla. 

What are your top three favourite World whiskies and why?
Nikka from the Barrel is my all-time favourite, so easy to enjoy in the evening over a good film. 
Milk and Honey Single Malt from Israel – love the honey and chocolate notes.
Cotswolds Single Malt – another of my favourites, fruity, floral, citrusy, a breakfast whisky! 

What are your favourite flavours? Which aspects of whisky are the most important for you?
I love the fruity and zesty flavours, as well as honey and vanilla, but also in the winter enjoy the sherry cask finishes and more of a heavier dram. I like exploring all different flavours and picking up on the cask influence, I look to alternative casks that whisky has been matured in.

Your favourite whisky cocktail?
A Rob Roy or an Old Fashioned!

Whisky with water or straight cask strength?
Always taste first straight, but I do like to add a drop of water to just fully open the flavours.

What do you like most about Cask Trade?
The honesty and transparency in which we deal with our customers. Being genuine in our processes and helping people enjoy the world of whisky and investing. The team are great, all of us bringing together our knowledge and love of whisky from different points of view and past experiences.  

Why should people invest in Whisky Casks?
It is one of the alternative assets which does appreciate with age and therefore why not! It is a keen market at the moment, and a fun way of investing, being able to taste and see your investment and watch it mature is something that is very special.

To find out more about what Cask Trade can do for you, don’t hesitate to contact the team today and let’s talk whisky!