When it comes to rum, no one has done it as consistently or as long as Mount Gay Rum. Hailing from Barbados, the spirit has been made there since 1703, making it the oldest rum in the world. The Origin Series was created by Master Blender Allen Smith to help consumers gain a deeper understanding of Mount Gay rums by offering a side-by-side comparison in one boxed set. Origin Series Volume One offered consumers virgin and charred casks varieties while this release showcases copper pot and copper column still rums.The rums are 100% identical in ingredients, fermentation, and aging. The only thing that distinguishes the two—and what makes this release so interesting—is the distillation method. One uses 100% copper pot distillation while the other uses, as you might guess, 100% copper column distillation. Usually, these two are blended together to produce their other rums, such as Eclipse, but for this series, Smith wanted to pair them side by side to see how each still imparts its own flavors into the product.Related: 5 Classic Rum Cocktails You Need to KnowColumn StillNose: Like many rums, heavy notes of banana and caramel sweetness that are bolstered by a slight hint of almonds.Palate: A very light-bodied rum that tastes of almond and banana. There is a little bit of toasted oak on the palate as well. These flavors fade into sweetness with very little burn.Finish: A very short and crisp finish. Fruity flavors that are backed by honey.Pot Still Nose: Chocolatey and predominated by almond. A darker, deeper nose than the column still.Palate: The pot still is a little heavier on the tongue, but not by much. It still retains a mostly light-bodied character that is pleasant, considering the chocolate flavors that come through the nose. Coconut is also present, giving a nice, tropical feel to the rum.Finish: Another short finish. A little fruitiness that is complemented by a little oak spice. Some caramel as the rum fades.Final Thoughts: Paired together, these two rums really do showcase the differences between the two different types of stills. While the column still rum is lighter, neither presents an overwhelming sipping experience, which is how these rums should be consumed. Sipping the column still reminds me of my own time studying in Barbados and makes me want to be sitting on Crane Beach as the sun goes down, listening to some far-off Soca music, and contemplating where to get a plate of flying fish from. The Best American Liqueur All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall
18 July 2011The United Nations today marked the second annual Nelson Mandela International Day with a series of events dedicated to public service, as well as speeches, exhibitions and film screenings in recognition of the former South African president’s contributions as a human rights defender, freedom fighter and peacemaker. In New York, diplomats and UN staff gathered in Central Park to paint benches as part of the “Take Action! Inspire Change” campaign by the Mandela Foundation, which has exhorted people across the world to pledge “67 minutes of service” today in recognition of Mr. Mandela’s 67 years of selfless public service.An exhibition where visitors can learn about Mr. Mandela through a range of video and audio materials also opened at UN Headquarters.In Sudan’s troubled region of Darfur, the UN-African Union peacekeeping force (UNAMID) organized an event in a local girls’ school in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state, where soldiers in the mission delivered school materials, planted trees, repainted walls and sang.The UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and the country’s Association for Historical Dialogue and Research marked the Day with the screening of the 2009 movie Invictus, which tells the story of South Africa during the 1995 Rugby World Cup, which it hosted the year after Mr. Mandela became the country’s president.Anti-apartheid activist Gay McDougall, who is now the UN Independent Expert for Minorities, was with Mr. Mandela when he voted for the first time in his life in 1994.“I think it [Nelson Mandela International Day] is an annual opportunity for people to celebrate – to remind themselves to celebrate and recommit themselves to the kind of principled dedication to equality that Nelson Mandela represents for all of us,” she told UN Radio.David Dinkins, the former mayor of New York, who facilitated Mr. Mandela’s first official visit to the United States in 1990, said the most interesting thing about the South Africa was “his total absence of bitterness. One can only imagine what he has been through, what he has witnessed, and yet he is as gentle as can be, which is not to be mistaken for any softness.”“Because of what Nelson Mandela has done I maintain it demonstrates that one day there will be peace in the Middle East and in Northern Ireland,” he told UN Radio.