Cane&Abe is a rum that just dares to be different. Its bottle, what with the loop on its neck, looks more appropriate to moonshine than rum. The native-american style eagle on the label, again, doesn’t exactly screech of high seas adventure. And being made in Madison, Wisconsin; arguably the LEAST piratey city in the entire US of A? Now my mind is blown.
But let’s not rush to judgement – it is, after all, the rum that matters. At a glance it’s a deep amber, although in the glass it’s significantly lighter. The nose is prominently butterscotch and sugarcane – one of which is a common element in rum, the other less so (I’ll leave it to you to figure which is which.)
On the tongue, Cane&Abe is again like hot butterscotch – liquid candy for adults. Light and sweet, this isn’t exactly fit for putting a kraken into a half-nelson while making out with a mermaid and kicking a spanish corpse. But while it’s not the stuff of pirate legend, it IS pretty decent in its own right, and might be worth checking out if you’d like a break from charred gunpowder and molasses.
What an interesting rum, the second of two recently reviewed rums that are not to be found in South Florida. You lucky dog, er munky!
Two things are especially intriguing about Cane & Abe (other than the name). First is their use of a pretty well known moonshine still made in America. And second is that they claim to make their “freshwater rum” not out of cane juice, not out of molasses, but of…
Domestic cane sugar.
This really follows because moonshining is still quite popular in both American and Australia, illegal here of course, and for those that are after white spirits, sugar is the first and easiest choice for distillation in a moonshine pot still.
Indeed Phil Prichard started this way – “experimenting” privately with a homemade hobby still – and see where it took him. Cane & Abe is a legal operation in the craft brewery growing tradition.
The distiller claims to age the new make in both new and used American Oak, but doesn’t state the age, ergo we can assume the aging is on the brief side. Not that there’s anything wrong with young spririt.
Nice scoop, Bilge and thanks for this intriguing review.
I have tride five defferent beverages from this dist. I have found they all have met or surpased my expectations. Living where i do these products are hard to get. My next trip will be to the distillary for a visit. dave.