Our friends at Copa Spirits recently sent us a bottle of Arehucas Ron Miel Rum, a honey rum from the Canary Islands that they recently introduced to the United States. Arehucas is the oldest and largest rum distiller in Europe with its founding back in the 1880’s. But, the history of honey rum or Ron Miel, as its known, goes back even further in the Canary Islands. For over 300 years, the inhabitants of the Canary Islands have enjoyed honey rum. Finally, Ron Miel has come to America.
The Arehucas Ron Miel Rum is a blend of dark rum aged for seven years and blended with honey from the Canary Islands. The Arehucas Ron Miel Rum has almost a liqueur quality and a unique flavor profile, like no other rum. The Arehucas Ron Miel Rum shows both its rum and honey qualities. Here is our tasting note for the Arehucas Ron Miel Rum:
Appearance: Clear and bright with a medium brown color with amber highlights. Viscous legs.
Aroma: Clean with a medium, aged intensity of both rum and honey aromas of dried fig, sultana, orange peel, blood orange, white flowers (elderflower and orange blossom), honey, vanilla, nutmeg and cloves.
Palate: Medium sweet, medium body (lighter than expected), medium plus intensity of dried fig, sultana, orange peel, blood orange, white flowers (elderflower and orange blossom), honey, vanilla, nutmeg and cloves. The rum and honey flavors are well balanced, and the honey doesn’t overpower the rum flavors, which can easily happening. This keeps the rum from becoming cloying sweet. Instead, there is a sweetness to the rum without being overly sweet. Long finish.
Grade: Very good to outstanding spirit.
Recommendations: Try the Ron Miel on ice or as a substitute for rum, as in a Between The Sheets, or add to your coffee or hot chocolate to keep you warm this winter.