Unique flavor...not for everyone
19 Jan '16
This is a rum made by Donner-Peltier Distillers (a two-family company). I got this bottle as well as the two others in the Rougaroux line of rums at a small liquor store in Gulfport, MS. According to their website the rum is available mostly in Louisiana so I don't know how the store in Mississippi got some (all the more interesting considering all stores, bars, et al have to order all their alcoholic beverages through the Alcohol Control Board warehouse maintained by the State of Mississippi).
The back label reads thusly:
"Deep in the heart of Southern Louisiana Cajun Country lurks a mysterious creature known as the Rougaroux®, (Roo ga roo). It lingers in the sugarcane fields and swamps, emerging only during a full moon to exact justice on the wicked. Legend has it that 13 pennies laid outside your door will protect you. The Rougaroux® cannot count past the number 12 and keep trying until the sun rises and he has to retreat back to his lair. Our 13 Pennies Praline Rum begins with only locally produced raw sugar and molasses and is flavored with toasted pecans, local craft-made cane syrup, and Madagascar vanilla beans. Our rum is handcrafted in small batches at our distillery, located in the middle of a sugarcane field in Thibodaux, Louisiana. And yes…. There are 13 Pennies right outside our front door."
Nice story. Definitely entertaining. They refer to this as a praline rum but it doesn't have that praline sweetness. Rather it has a bit of a bite to it when it hits the toungue. Kind of a spicy-oakiness. Don't know how long it's aged. The rum has a burnt orange color to it, almost bourbon-like. There definitely are hints of vanilla but the spiciness really is interesting. I cannot place it but it is unlike any other rum I've tasted thus far. It would make rum drinks interesting by giving it a little "kick". I do wonder how it would be if this were aged long thereby mellowing that "kick" a bit. Would it bring out the vanilla and the pecan more? Something to consider.