I first encountered Wicked Dolphin during the 2013 Miami Rum Renaissance Blind Tasting Competition. After I nosed and sipped the rum, I made a note to identify it in the reveal room and visit with the company during the festival. Wicked Dolphin is distilled by Cape Spirits, Inc. in Cape Coral, Florida. They use Florida sugarcane and ingredients produced by local farmers to create their products. After distilling the molasses, they age the rum in used oak barrels. After aging, they blend the rum to 80 proof and bottle on site.
The bottle is custom designed by JoAnn Elardo. She worked closely with local bartenders and created a mold from her research. The tall custom bottle has unique lines and curves that make it really easy to handle. The words “Florida Rum” are embossed on both sides with labels on front and back. The words “Be Wicked” are centered below the neck. The front label has the basic information and the back has a fun little tale and Batch number. My bottle is from Batch number S2.
Once the safety seal is removed, the plastic cap reveals the bottle is sealed with a real cork. The rum is crystal clear with no sign of distillate or color change when it is poured into the glass.
Smelling the aroma reminded me of why this rum first caught my attention. The sweet vanilla and honey combination were the first things that I picked up. As the dominant notes settled, I detected a subtle hint of oak and molasses, with a light sting from the alcohol.
Sipping the rum quickly revealed a nice citrus- lime and oak note up front, followed by vanilla, honey, a light hint of caramelized molasses and a faint spicy alcohol note that popped and lingered into the finish.
The blind tasting was a fun way to discover a new rum. Sit ting down and playing with the rum in an isolated environment confirmed my initial impressions. This is a nice bodied rum with a good balance and flavor profile. If this is the base rum, I expect to see good caliber product come out from them as they have plans to release spiced and aged products.