So what do you get when you combine 147 years of rum distilling and a well-known club mogul? Well the experience comes from Roberto Serrallés VP of Destilería Serrallés, famously known for producing Don-Q Puerto Rican rum. The style comes from Rande Gerber; the guy has been married to Cindy Crawford for 14 years, he has to know what's up! Rande and his brothers own quite a few high-end bars and lounges around the Americas from NY, FL, and even Santiago, Chile. He is known for bringing new and fresh ideas to the nightlife, successfully running a large chain of Whiskey Bars, clubs and franchises. The knowledge brought by these two men is completely different but they go hand in hand. One knows how to make it and the other knows how to sell it. However, they both knew they needed a new flavor and thus Caliche Rum is born.
So what makes this rum different? Well to answer that I have to go into the creation process of Serrallés Distillery. Normally clear rum doesn't have a long aging process, if any in some cases and for that reason it makes for great mixing rum. On the other hand dark Rum is the one that is aged via an oak cask and flavor is determined by how long its age, which is great for drinking straight. In the case of Caliche they use a process Solera, which brings the color of clear and the flavor of aged. Now to explain Solera; imagine six glasses all filled about ¾ of the way and stacked in a three tiered pyramid. For this example, the top one is the oldest 4 years, the middle two are aged for 3 years and the bottom three are the new batch aged 2 years. In order to get the full aged flavor they bottle ½ of the first glass and move up the previous tier to the next glass, wait a year and keep doing the same process, mixing some of the old in with the previous year a little at a time, never completely draining any of the top three glasses and always keeping the essence of the oldest ones. In theory you can do this about 50 times and still maintain the flavor of the oldest.
So why not make another dark rum? Caliche Rum blends well with standard mixers and will not change the look of say coke, coconut water, classic rum cocktails and artisanal drinks; this is important to anyone mixing your favorite drink, making sure its memorable and just the way it's supposed to look. Caliche combines the sipping quality of an aged rum and the modern addition of a very light vanilla flavor and a caramel/nutmeg aftertaste. I first tried it straight and it goes down smooth and leaves no bitter aftertaste but it does pack a punch. In order to give it a full round we decided to try a few of our own and the ones recommended on the Caliche Rum Website. For more recipes visit: http://www.calicherum.com/drinks
- 2 oz. Caliche Rum | 1 oz. Fresh Limes | ¼ oz. Agave Nectar | 1 Fresh Strawberry | Top with Soda Water
- Garnish: Strawberry
- In a mixing glass, lightly muddle the strawberry. Add the remaining ingredients, fill with ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into an ice filled rocks glass and garnish.
- 2 oz. Caliche Rum | 1 oz. Lime Juice | ½ oz. Pineapple Juice | ¼ oz. Agave Nectar | 3 - 6 Cilantro Leaves
- Garnish: Cilantro Leaf
- In a mixing glass, lightly muddle Cilantro Leaves. Add the remaining ingredients, fill with ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into an ice filled highball glass and garnish
- 2 oz. Caliche Rum | 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice | ¼ oz. Agave Nectar | 8 Mint Leaves | Crushed ice on top
- Garnish: Mint Sprig
- In a mixing glass, lightly muddle the mint, agave nectar and fresh lime juice. Fill glass with Caliche Rum and ice, and shake until well chilled. Strain into highball glass, top with the crushed ice, and garnish.
- 2 ½ oz. Caliche Rum | Preferably Mexican Coke | Otherwise Regular/Diet Coke | ¼ oz. Cream
- Garnish: Lime wedge
- Build all ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wedge.
When I first got this bottle, from the fire design of the letters and the hemp wrap at the top, by looks alone I was expecting something close to gasoline… thankfully I was wrong! Caliche Puerto Rican Rum has the crisp taste of aged with a modern touch of vanilla, which goes down smooth and is a great rum for sipping or mixing up in the form of one of your favorite rum concoctions. And speaking of mixing, I tried out some of the Caliche recipes; now I'm a bit old-school so the first on my list was the Cali Libre, a simple drink and you can never go wrong and after having so many of them in my life I can tell the subtle changes. Now, I have noticed that depending on the drink you either have a caramel or a nutmeg aftertaste. With the second drink in particular, I almost want to say there might be a touch of citrus? It came out more while drinking the mojito and the daiquiri, but each palate is different so that aftertaste might be a bit different for you. I was also quite surprised at the price; this is damn good rum and it was only USD $21 online.
In a bar fight the hemp wrap makes an excellent handle!
Caliche has been out since early 2013 and is readily available at most distributors and stores. If you want to try something new or maybe your first rum experience wasn't the best I highly recommend giving Caliche Rum a try. The subtle taste will make for a great change or second chance at rum. I really enjoyed it and it's definitely joining my shelf of favorites. So, please drink responsibly and definitely enjoy Caliche. I give this a T.O.V. 5