Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Dakabend Rum

Very limited Mexican Rum
   "The distillery is located in the town of San Cristobal Lachirioag, a tiny village in the mountainous region of northern Oaxaca. The distillers behind the project began producing mezcal as a way to bring finances into the their community (a population of about 1000 people), as mezcal was what the market wanted. However, the region not a traditional source for agave growing or mezcal production, and has historically produced sugarcane. Aguardiente was the distilled product of the region, and so after cutting their teeth distilling mezcal, they returned to rum production. The base is fermented sugarcane juice and by spontaneous fermentation, so agricole fans, this one's for you. All pot still, and their sugarcane production is all from the villages nearby. Made from 100% single varietal cane, they say, though no information on what varietal that is from what I can see. And they vintage date their bottles: the white rum is 2020 harvest, and the añejo, aged 4 years, is vintage 2016. Both are bottled at 98 proof.    Only one or two barrels of their añejo has ever been bottled, from what I can see, as apparently they made 3 barrels total and two are being reserved for solera system production in the future. These are massive barrels, as it yielded 528 bottles. Of that barrel, 18 bottles hit the state of Missouri and we've reserved an allocation of 17 bottles." - Austin, The Wine and Cheese Place Rum Expert

Mexican Rum
Dakabend Rum Blanco...$39.99 / 1L
All hand-harvested, the fresh cane for Dakabend is brought to San Cristóbal Lachirioag, where it’s crushed, juiced, or boiled into piloncillo. The resulting juice is then placed in open wooden vats and fermented naturally using only the wild yeasts native to their microclimate. Fermentation is long, over one week, and the results are doubled-distilled on a copper pot still which is also used to make mezcal. Each batch is single origin, non-chill filtered, and totally unique. The first, made by Edgar Gonzales himself, was bottled at 49% ABV.
The result is rum unlike any other in the world: fresh, clean and vibrant on the palate with robust flavors of cane grass and a nose full of umami. Cocktail enthusiasts looking to put a modern twist on a Ti Punch or a slant on their Daiquiri will surely be smitten.

Only 18 bottles arrived in STL 
(we scored 17 of them)
Dakabend Anejo Rum 4yr...$93.99 / 750ml
Deep in the rugged Sierra Norte mountains of Northern Oaxaca, Dakabend Rum is produced near the village of San Cristóbal Lachiroag using sugarcane and piloncillo (like a sticky brick of raw brown sugar), sourced from mountainside plantings and spontaneously fermented in wooden vats. While the region has a history of some agave distillation, the environment is tropical, and the most common crops are coffee and cane. Cousins Edgar and Elisandro Gonzales, of Tosba Mezcal, made Dakabend to create an outlet for local distillers of rum or aguardiente, including Edgar’s father, to release their unique, Sierra Norte take on this sugarcane spirit.
  • 93 PROOF
  • 49% ABV.
  • Aged 4years

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