I met up with Marv Ali from the Angostura company at the show. We go through a lot of Angostura bitters at my bar – a lot – but I’ve never had the pleasure of trying any of their other products because my very controlled state doesn’t let us have them.
First I tried the 1919 rum. It’s an anejo, aged eight years and made from a blend of light and dark rums. The flavor is slightly hot, and it’s a big butterscotch blast with a wave of vanilla coming up right behind it.
Next I tried the 1824 Limited Reserve, a much more sophisticated product, with the heat removed by an extra four years of aging. The flavor is another butter bomb, with some toasty chocolate riding shotgun.
Both of these rums are sippers, perfect for a snifter. But the I could see mixing the 1919 with the juice of a fresh lime and a splash of brown sugar simple syrup for the perfect daiquiri.
Just the way Hemmingway used to take them.