Arehucas: Capitán Kidd Ron
€95.50 (December 2015)
Industrial Rum – from a modern multi column still.
ABV Hydrometer Test: ?
Capitán Kidd is the jewel in the crown of all Arehucas Rums.
Well, that is the description from Destilerias Arehucas, the Spanish name for the Arehucas distillery in Arucas, Gran Canaria. It is also referred to as the “king of rums for the most demanding of palates.” Hmmmmm, quite a claim to make!
Having visited the distillery (See review here), I know that despite the fairy stories, there is nothing remarkable about the rum/ron produced by Arehucas. It is another one of those producers that relies more on spin, reputation, pirates and fairy stories than producing top quality rum. That said, I did buy some of their rums to try properly at home, so here goes.
Capitán Kidd used to be a 20yo rum. At some point this changed to it being a 30yo rum and it is the 30yo that I have a bottle of to review. First things first, let’s dispel any myth that this rum is entirely aged for a minimum of 30 years – this is not Jamaican or Bajan rum so there is no chance of that. In reality, I am pretty certain this is from a Solera system meaning that it could be just a few drops of 30yo rum in the bottle and the rest is aged anywhere from two to 29years, although more than likely on the lower than higher side. Secondly, it is described by Arehucas as “Premium!” Quite what it is that justifies this description or what they actually consider to be premium is unknown to me, but more likely than not, it is just to separate it from their “standard” rums and with the addition of a fancy bottle, they can then justify a “Premium” price.
Under Richard Seale’s/Luca Gargano’s proposed rum categorisation, this would most-likely be classed as an “Industrial Rum” – from a modern multi column still.
To be fair, this bottle does stand out as being one of the most unique you will see. Housed in a small square box is a dumpy pirate-style ceramic decanter-bottle. The cork enclosure has an embossed pirate picture on the top, too (See below, right)! The mischievous pirate in me (blame the bottle for turning my thoughts to pirates rather than rum) might suggest the bottle is worth more than the rum!
Looking for something different? This will definitely catch your attention. Unfortunately, there is little or no useful information on the box or bottle (after translating it from Spanish to English), other than confirmation that it is 40% ABV.
Quite a coppery appearance with some green hues on the surface. Swilling the liquid in the glass, it looks quite syrupy with very heavy legs on the side of the glass. There is an initial sweetness to the aroma, which develops into fruit, possibly orange and some toffee notes, too.
Taste, Initial-middle 15/40
Initially a little bland, becoming more aromatic almost as it reaches the middle of your mouth. Certainly not as sweet as I would have expected, but also a little lacking in any additional dominant flavours and characteristics. Maybe a little oak when tasted a second and third time.
Once again, surprisingly not very sweet given my preconceptions surrounding this. The oak starts to dominate along with some aromatics and a very long and lingering finish. It is nice and smooth in the mouth, although there is a nice bit of fire that comes through.
A bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, the long finish is very pleasing especially as the rum comes to life as you swallow it. On the other hand, another unknown flavour becomes apparent that detracts from the previous flavourings.
Morning After Aroma
Very strong Demerara sugar and some caramel deposits/residue stuck to the bottom of the glass.
Ignore the pirate tales and spin surrounding this and it is a half-decent drop of rum. But given that it is around £85 a bottle (October 2016), it is really poor value. You can spend a fraction of this and get a much better genuine rum.
Definitely glad I bought a bottle to try…..
Definitely won’t be buying another anytime soon though.
Find more info at Arehucas web site.
P Denotes the rum contains POT still distillate.
C Denotes the rum contains traditional/Coffey COLUMN still distillate.
B Denotes the rum contains a BLEND of POT and COLUMN still distillate.
M Denotes the rum contains MULTI-COLUMN still distillate or is a MODERN rum.
A Denotes the rum is an AGRICOLE i.e. from Cane Juice.
S Denotes the rum is presented in a SWEETENED style.
Bottle/Presentation Out of 3
Glass/Aroma Out of 10
Taste, Initial-middle Out of 40
Taste, Middle/Throat Out of 40
Afterburn Out of 7