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Friday Happy Hour: Flor de Caña 7 Year Old Grand Reserve

Friday Happy Hour: Flor de Caña 7 Year Old Grand Reserve
Flor de Caña 7 Year Old Grand Reserve/SBPR

Nobody ever set their sights on second place. Who aspires to be almost remembered? There’s a reason there are no giant foam fingers that say “We’re number three.”

If you’ve watched much TV in the States lately, then you’ve probably seen the Samsung Galaxy S II commercial The Way We’re Wired. It’s a pretty neat ad that tugs at the heart of that essential American need to always win. To never settle. To be #1.

If they decided to re-shoot the ad and include a rum, I wouldn’t be surprised if the featured bottle was Flor de Caña.

Since 2000, no other brand of rum has garnered more awards than this legendary distiller from Nicaragua. You can see five gold medals right there on the label of Flor de Caña’s 7 Year Old Grand Reserve, but overall, the brand has hauled off with more than 100 international awards over the past decade.

Even spread over 10 different varieties, that’s quite the impressive collection of hardware, especially when you consider than at only 74 years old, this brand is still relatively young by legendary rum standards.

Flor de Caña is made by Compañía Licorera de Nicaragua, S.A, (CLNSA). The main business of the company was originally sugar production, but everything changed in 1937 with the development of Flor de Caña.

Now, a good part of what makes Flor de Caña so special today is that not much has changed about it since those earliest days. Take the cane, for instance. Flor de Caña uses cane cultivated in the CLNSA fields located adjacent to the distillery. This is important as the highest quality cane used in rum production is always the freshest; the cane that’s traveled the shortest distance from field to production. That shorter distance and consistent growing conditions also yield the highest consistency of flavor.

Both benefits are in full effect with Flor de Caña as the cane used here is also grown here, ensuring that your first taste of this magical rum will certainly equal the last.

Another time-honored advantage of Flor de Caña rum is the brand’s trademark slow aged process. It’s a process emphasizing natural elements, with no additives or accelerants used to manipulate the aging process. Flor de Caña takes its time, a fact that will only benefit yours.

So, what can you expect if you do take the time to enjoy one of these fine rums? Well, tonight I’m enjoying some of the bottle of 7 Year Old Grand Reserve pictured above. It’s a bit harsh for me neat, so I’ve got a few ice cubes in my tumbler to help smooth things out. The flavor is dry and mature beyond its stated seven years, with a smokey and enduring draw that’s easily melting all the stress of this past week off my shoulders. ¡Maravillosa!

We all aspire.

If you want a rum that aspires too, then definitely give Flor de Caña a try.

¡Salud!

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