Walking the aisles at a local shop I had not been to in a while I discovered this dusty bottle of rum sitting on the shelf. Having never seen or heard of it before deciding to pick it up and see what this new to me spiced rum was about.
Pixie Spiced Rum is part of the product line offered by Local Choice Spirits of North Charleston, SC. This company has a robust portfolio of Local Choice products across several core spirit categories including whiskey, vodka, and tequila. Looking at the business model it appears they source spirits and create private brands for their customers.
The squat 750 ml short handled bottle is sealed with a synthetic cork. The black labels provide
very little quality information about the product and is overloaded with marketing jargon. in the tiny script on the front of the bottle it appears the statement “rum with a blend of natural flavors”.
The rum has a dark amber color in the bottle and glass. swirling the liquid creates a razor thin line that quickly thickens and drops waves of fast moving legs before finally evaporating, leaving behind a ring of residue around the glass.
The aroma of the rum provides notes of vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, cream soda lollipop, with hints of clove and ginger.
Sipping the rum reveals a spirit with a very thin mouth feel. The spices swirl with the vanilla forming the mid- notes, while orange peel, cinnamon, and cloves form the foundation. sweet honey augments the spices and as they begin to fade there is a brief eucalyptus oil note. The allspice and ginger notes linger as the rum fades in a soft finish.
The flavors of the rum are well balanced with no one flavor dominating for very long. The vanilla note is the heart of the spirit in which all the other flavors ebb and flow around in the profile. With a lot of spiced rum products on the market, it is nice to find something at 40% ABV that does not have a heavy chemical bite. This is a common problem due to all of the chemical additives that a lot of the brands use. due to the lack of chemical notes, I would be inclined to experiment with it in a spiced rum cake recipe and see how it holds up.
Overall, I wish we had a bit more information about how the spirit was produced, but was pleased with the spiced rum.