Next I stopped by the Flor de Caña booth to sample a product I’d heard a lot about, but had never tried: Flor de Caña 18 Year-Old Centenario Gold Rum.
Although the company is headquartered in Nicaragua, they own sugar cane plantations and distilleries all over Latin America. The company has been alive for seventy years.
The Centenario Gold has a lot of spice on the nose: cinnamon, nutmeg and anise. The rum sips easily, with a minimal amount of fire. I got a lot of dark, luscious caramel and butter on the palate, with just a touch of vanilla.
Try this with your Centenario Gold: take a snifter and give it a quick rinse of Licor 43, and dump out the excess. Add two ounces of Centenario Gold and three espresso beans. I think the vanilla, caramel and coffee flavors work perfectly together.