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August 2014

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august 2014  /  the tasting panel  /  63 NOSEABLES Simple Sipper: Bounty Rum Sometimes, simplicity is the key to superiority, especially when those simple things are, well…superior. Award-winning Bounty Rum, produced on the beautiful Fijan island of Viti Levu since 1979, attributes its delicious flavor profile to two of Mother Nature's most fundamental resources: water and soil. Not to mention, of course, giving credit where it's due to Master Blender Liam Costello, who has more than 30 years of experience in producing world-class rum. "Fijian water is regarded worldwide as extremely fresh and pure, and the soil our sugar cane grows in is highly volcanic and nutrient-rich due to low erosion rates, which increases the quality of our base spirit," explains Julian Train, Paradise Beverages Brand Manager. The end result is four different small batch rums that capture the spirit of the South Pacific. The Bounty White Rum is clear and bright, with a fresh aroma that shows hints of citrus and coconut. It is ideal to bring out the flavor of any rum cocktail or perfect with ice and fresh-squeezed lime. —B.K. Flower Power: St. Elder Natural Elderflower Liqueur T here is no doubting it: St. Elder Natural Elderflower Liqueur has become a mixology mainstay. Backbars across the world stock the staple and patrons not only recognize it on cocktail menus but are even begin- ning to call for it. However, St. Elder is proving itself a cut above the competi- tion—in taste, quality and price point. It is handcrafted in small batches from a natural extract of American elderflower blossoms. "We've produced a liqueur with a wonderful flavor profile that we are extremely proud of," says Gary Shaw V.P. Control States at M.S. Walker. The floral juicy pear nose makes you close your eyes reflexively, as you would when you smell a sweet-scented rose. The sumptuous palate is redolent of a caramel-doused summer peach. The finish is clean, offering white petal nuances wrapped by a bounty of texture. "We're having a hard time finding a cocktail St. Elder doesn't mix well with," Walker concludes. —Brian Kustera The Shark Bite ◗ 1 oz. Bounty White Rum ◗ 2 oz. pineapple juice ◗ 2 oz. Cascade Ginger Beer ◗ ½ oz. fresh lime juice ◗ 2 dashes Angostura ◗ Pour shot of Bounty White Rum into a highball glass. Fill to the top with ice and add the bitters. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Garnish with orange slice and cherry. St. Elder Mojito ◗ 2 oz. white rum ◗ 1 oz. St. Elder Natural Elderflower Liqueur ◗ ½ oz. fresh lime juice ◗ Club soda ◗ Raw sugar ◗ Mint leaves ◗ Lightly muddle mint leaves, sugar and lime juice in a Collins glass. Add other ingredients. Fill with crushed iced and top with club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge or mint sprig.

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