I’d just like to say (for the record) that I really can’t drink rum all the time!
And because I can hear murmurings all across the country that are questioning my manhood and parentage – I’m swiftly moving on to say that: on the occasion (that I’m not actually drinking rum drinks), that I like to drink beer (*) I’m now getting the sense that all across the land, glasses are being put down again, chairs being pulled back to the table and there are general mutterings of “well that’s OK then…”
We first discovered the Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Finish beer many years ago. I’m certainly pleased to say that it’s not difficult to pick up a bottle or two these days – many supermarkets stock it and the better bars will certainly carry it. It’s full bodied and packed with flavour and a whole lot of fun. A link with the rum world makes us extra happy of course… The story of the series of events that brought Innis & Gunn to the place they are now is best read on their website – suffice to say, we’ve been enjoying the “accident” ever since.
If you’ve not tried the rum cask finish – then you certainly must do so. The whole point of this article is that Innis & Gunn have realised a couple of limited edition specials – namely a Spiced Rum Finish that I tried the other day. It’s lovely – not as full bodied as the regular rum finish (it’s matured for 47 days oppose to the rum finish lasting 57 days), but vibrant and complimentary to the beers toffee notes. It’s a beautiful combination and one that’s lead me to put a few bottles aside for Christmas.
The team at Innis & Gunn have also come up with a porter for the first time. The winning combination of roasted wheat, crystal malt and treacle (or molasses as I’m happy to call it) really brings the Winter Treacle Porter to life. It’s got a full bodied flavour (leastways to my relatively novice beer palate) and was suggested to be a great accompaniment to a mince pie. Now, one half of TheFloatingRumShack.com has a serious mince pie addiction and the notion of anything that could enhance the experience really is pretty exciting. We need to head back to Tesco ASAP and hope that they have a few left on the shelf!
So – both the Winter Treacle Porter and the Spiced Rum Finish beers are sold individually in rather attractive packaging, which makes them the perfect stocking filler gift this Christmas. Great price and an interesting story behind them – perfect! We saw both in our local Tesco’s recently (and on special offer – 3 for the price of 2!), but they might also be purchased in packs of 12 from the Innis & Gunn online shop - I say might, because at the time of writing they were out of stock…
A single beer might just be a perfect stocking filler this Christmas, but another suggestion for the hard to buy for types could be the Innis & Gunn gift pack: a boxed trio of beers (the Innis & Gunn Original Oak Aged Beer, the Spiced Rum Finish and Winter Treacle Porter) and an Innis & Gunn branded half pint glass that’s sure to enhance the experience. Keep an eye out in your local Waitrose for the Gift Pack (£8 where available) this winter.
(*) In reality I’ve been known to drink most things: gin, v*dka, wine, cognac, brandy etc. etc. But this website does rather pigeon-hole a chap into a spirit category. I guess that it’s fortunate that rum really is amazing eh?
Rum Databank: Innis & Gunn Beer
Country of origin: Edinburgh, Scotland
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