According to the website:
Rank Wildcat Spirits prides itself on being founded by two Acadiana landmen, David C. Meaux and Cole G. LeBlanc, who built everything from the still on up with their own sweat and blood. They built the still kettle by hand, designed their own labels, acquired their licenses, developed their formulas, negotiated for all their supplies, and they did it all with no outside aid. That means no high-dollar investors, government fast-tracking or industrial professionals to grease the wheels; Rank Wildcat Spirits is truly a grassroots Acadiana project!
Sweet Crude is a white rum, not a spiced rum. We do not add anything to Sweet Crude to artificially sweeten or enhance it. As mentioned above, our fermentations are not molasses-based, but are focused more on the sugar cane itself, resulting in a distillate that is flavorful and fragrant by its very nature. Acadiana sugar cane is what makes Sweet Crude special and that is the only flavor we want it to channel!
The nose on the Black Gold is nose drying with notes of beautiful burnt oak and a sweet molasses.
The palating of the Black Gold is delightful. There is a sweet woody note with a subtle almost caramel flavor.
The Black Gold has a long finish, leaving a hint of sweet caramel on your palate. There is a slight alcohol sting that is left on my throat but that lasted a short period of time.
Adding a little bit of water to the Black gold to get the alcohol content down a little really opens it up. The sugars and burned cask flavor really pick up. I also get a slight citrus on the finish. Very enjoyable.
The Black Gold is a beautiful rum. I know that in the review of the Sweet Crude I said I didn’t know of any rum I would just sip on. Well, this is one that I could do that with. Especially after adding a little water to neutralize the alcohol sting on my throat. I will be looking to pick up a bottle of this Black Gold in the near future.
Why add water?
By adding a few drops of water to your Liquor, you can open up different, new, and subtle flavors that you previously had not experienced. This is especially true when drinking cask strength whiskies that have higher alcohol levels (these can be up to and over 60% ABV in some cases). With some liquors, the alcohol and resulting burning in your mouth can overpower even the most powerful flavors. By adding some water, this dilutes the alcohol and reduces its effect, giving both the prominent and more subtle flavors a chance to be tasted. How much water you add is entirely dependent on your taste. A lot of critics recommend your alcohol to be at about 35% ABV as that is optimal level to allow the subtle flavors to emerge.
Now let’s get into the cigar!
The cigar that Mark used for this infusion is the Urbano Maduro. This cigar is a bundled cigar that you can purchase from Urbano Cigar Company. I have reviewed it before and I am familiar with the profile. If you would like to see the original profile, Type Urbano in the search bar above and check out the review.
Like always, I am not going to be reviewing the cigar itself, but rather just changes in the flavor profile and effects the infusing may have had on the cigars construction. So let’s get into it!
The body of the Black Gold had strong notes of sweet earth and wood, on the foot the sweet earth was prominent. The 1st draw met me with a delightful roasted coffee note with a slight harshness on the back of the throat. I hope the harshness was just a result of the heating from the light.
The 1/3rd was consistent with the roasted coffee from the first draw. The notes were generous on the palate, leaving for a very long and enjoyable finish. The harshness had also fallen away after a little bit of time to cool, leaving me with just the enjoyable roasted coffee. The draw was open with big plumes of smoke, filling the room with a sweet aroma. The ash was a lightly packed and gray. The burn lines were rather wavy requiring one touch up in the 1/3rd.
Moving into the 2/3rd the notes of roasted coffee have fallen off and have been replaced by a strong burnt wood flavor. At first I thought it might be a bitterness trying to make its way through, but on the finish you can really taste the burnt wood and know that it is not a bitterness. The cigar has become mouth drying making me want to reach for my drink after every draw. This flavor profile was consistent all the way to the end. The burn lines made a drastic change, going from a wavy uneven burn to razor sharp. The smoke output was true the whole time, with big plumes of aromatic smoke.
Overall, the cigar was a success. The 1/3rd was great. The roasted coffee along with the burnt wood notes were pleasing to the palate. I think the Black Gold would be a great Rum for anybody who not only wants to drink a great rum, but also for anyone who wants to kick their everyday bundle sticks up a notch.
Thank for checking out the review!