Friday Happy Hour: Spring Forward With Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced Rum
Cell phones, keys, shoes, loves – we all lose things from time to time. It’s frustrating, no doubt, though nothing lost quite annoys most people I know more than the hour we’re all about to lose come this Sunday morning.
Yes, Daylight Saving Time starts again this weekend across much of the United States, an annual rite of spring that takes the starch out of the slowly advancing warmer weather for some. One little itty-bitty hour may not sound like a lot to lose, but according to a new survey it takes the average American 3-1/2 days to get used to the time change, ensuring a case of the Mondays that lasts almost the whole week!
Not for me…at least not this year. I’m looking on the bright side and taking advantage of the one big DST positive – an extra hour of sunlight – to enjoy my spicy new friend, Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced Rum.
Released in 2011 and hand-crafted in St. Kitts, where it’s aged for four years in once-charred American oak barrels, Brinley Spiced is one of five distinctly flavored blends produced by Brinley Gold Shipwreck, a company founded expressly to produce the world’s smoothest flavored rums. (Check out this rum company’s uncommon backstory here.)
I just had my first taste of Brinley Spiced amid the seaside swaying palms pictured above, and let me tell you: this tasty treat was made to be enjoyed out in the sun.
You can see it in its color, a sexy, caramelized amber hue that pops in the sun. At night, under my artificial lights at home, this Brinley barely registered a second glance. Out at the beach, I could scarcely take my eyes off her!
The nose is another story, though. The aroma belies the rich flavor to come, falling a bit further into the industrial camp than I tend to like.
All is forgiven once the rum hits your lips, though. Enjoyed neat, Brinley Spiced Rum is nice and smooth, offering just a slight burn not nearly strong enough to overheat your time in the sun.
The predominant spices to my mind are vanilla and nutmeg, though there’s also some clove and orange lurking around as well.
The rum-to-spice balance is quite nice too. Really, everything works in harmony here, which might make you long for that lost hour just so you could have more time to enjoy this stuff!
Brinley Gold Shipwreck is available throughout the United States. Ask for it at a liquor store near you!