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Hamilton New York Blend - distilled by West Indies distilleries - West Indies

After blending Hamilton Navy Strength Rum, a New York bar group asked me to blend a rum to be mixed in their daiquiris. Sounds simple, right? Believe me if it was that simple someone would have already done it.

The starting point was the 60/40 blend of Guyana and Jamaican rums that are the keys to Hamilton Navy Strength. The goal was a bottled rum at a lower proof that would be more consumer friendly. As much as bartenders and many consumers love higher proof spirits, when you're dealing with blends higher than 100 proof it can be difficult to maintain consistency in the glass as dilution is critical.

After diluting my Navy Strength Blend down to 84 proof I found that 60/40 was a bit heavy with the Jamaican rum on the palate. After more tests at varying proportions and at 80 , 82 and 84 proof the blend was finalized. High proof Jamaican and Guyana aged rums are blended together and slowly stirred for 48 hours before dilution to 84 proof with filtered well water at the Five & 20 Distillery in Westfield, NY.

The lower proof lets the aromas in the rum come through. Look for honeyed stone fruit in the nose followed by smoky hints of caramelized fruit. The first taste reveals smoky cedar, dark fruit, spice and more smoky fruit flavors leading into a long finish with a brine note underlying the smoky wood finish.

There are a lot of daiquiri recipes and after much experimentation, tasting and drinking, here's my best shot at a recipe. I'm not a bartender and I don't play one on the internet but here's what I drink at home.
          One part lime juice - I use a graduated cylinder as limes don't all yield the same amount of juice
          One half part Petite Canne Sugar Cane Syrup - I like the flavor and it's already dissolved so there's no sugar left in the glass or shaker
          Two parts Hamilton New York Blend
          Shake with ice until you're happy
          Strain into a coupe and enjoy

Shelf talkers to come, soon.

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Item ABV Volume Case UPC
H-NYB-84-12 42% 750 ml 12 000513072990

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Item No. ABV Volume Btl/Case UPC
BBB-NG-12 57% 750ml 12 000513081473
BBB-NG-12L 57% 1 Liter 12 000513081442
BBB-ZB-12 59% 750 ml 12 000513081466
BBB-ZB-12L 59% 1 Liter 12 000513081459
H-BZWYB-12L 42.5% 1 Liter 12 000513081510
FRS-12 45% 750 ml 12 000513081084
H-FI151-12L 75.5% 750 ml 12 000513073089
H-LV90-12 45% 750 ml 12 000513081480
H-NS114-12 57% 750 ml 12 000513072945
H-NS114-12-375ML 57% 375 ml 12 00051308105
H-NS114-12L 57% 1 Liter 12 000513073058
H-1670-12 42% 750 ml 12 000513073041
H-1670-12-375ML 42% 375 ml 12 00051308106
H-WS87-12L 43.5% 1 Liter 12 000513073072
H-WS87-12-375ML 43.5% 375ml 12 000513081046
H-PAW-12L 42.5% 1 Liter 12 000513081503