|Burnt and Unburnt Barrel Stave's|
|Caramel E150A Color|
The really good thing about the E150A Caramel Color is that has been given a clean bill of health both in the United States and in Europe. These colors really do nothing except improve the "eye appeal" of the beverages that they are put into.
It seems that a few of the "bulk rum" producers have found that the United States palate is easily appeased with very young rums that have had vanilla, sweeteners and color added rather than the high quality naturally finished rums. This is why when you go to many parts of the country as I did last week you will only find mostly these bulk rums in the bars and very little else. They are cheap and fit the palate of a large number of people.
Give me a glass of fine aged rum that has no additives that has been aged in a variety of barrels to attain the flavor and I'll pay the few extra dollars. The real flavor is re
ally worth it and the purity of these rums is really noticed the next morning when the impurities and the sugars kick in when you wake up. I think Ernest Hemingway had it right when he told Constante at the El Floridita to double the rum and leave out the sugar in his daiquiri, "It will only make me sick". Here's to some fine barrel aged rum and a relaxing time to enjoy it. ;o)