So the New Year is a day or so away and you’re scrambling, trying to figure out what you’re going to do on the big night. Or you’ve known since November that you’re staying in/going to so and so’s party/attending a church service. Regardless, nothing gets you in the spirit like a fine spirit and today’s featured fine spirit is Antigua’s own English Harbour 5 year old rum.
Fittingly, for a gift-giving guide, this rum was given to me a couple weeks ago as an early Christmas gift. After sampling it I decided that it would be the final entry in my Holiday Gift Giving Guide. If you’re scoring at home that’s a win for Santa because English Harbour 5 year old rum has proven to be a fine addition to my rum collection.
After opening the bottle and pouring approximately two fingers worth of rum into my glass the nose was the first thing I noted. This rum possesses a fresh, slightly sweet aroma (honey?) that takes on a bit off a floral character. And like all the rums in my gift-giving guide, English Harbour 5 year old is medium bodied and well-suited for sipping. Each and every sip, each and every taste reveals something new; hints of fruit here, hints of spice there, with a little burn to boot; all of this without being too sweet, too spicy, too harsh or too fussy.
Having said all of that, I have good news and bad news. Good news; a 750ml bottle of English Harbour 5-year-old rum retails for about $35. Bad news; it is not available at the LCBO, so if you live in Ontario you better know somebody. I happen to be fortunate enough to have a friend who visits Antigua yearly. Sometimes it’s really good to be me.