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Bayou Rum Reserve

Bayou Rum Reserve

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Bayou Rum Reserve: A Louisiana Adventure in Every Sip (The General Wine Co. Tasting Notes)


Journey to the heart of Louisiana with Bayou Rum Reserve, a handcrafted rum boasting a unique character shaped by the Mississippi River Delta sunshine and American oak cask maturation. This detailed tasting note from The General Wine Co. will guide you through the rum's aromatic profile, flavour journey, and ideal serving suggestions, transforming your next sip into a full-fledged sensory experience.

Production Process

Bayou Rum Reserve takes pride in its meticulous crafting process. The rum begins with Louisiana-grown sugarcane, capturing the region's essence in every drop. Following fermentation, the spirit is pot-distilled in copper stills, a traditional method that imbues the rum with depth and complexity. Finally, Bayou Rum Reserve undergoes a special ageing process in wet ex-bourbon barrels for up to four years. This unique ageing technique, employing the Solera method, ensures consistency and allows the rum to develop a rich tapestry of flavours.


The first encounter with Bayou Rum Reserve is an aromatic revelation. As you raise the glass to your nose, a wave of creamy vanilla sweeps across your senses, intertwined with hints of ripe apple and a touch of cinnamon. The influence of the ex-bourbon barrels becomes apparent with subtle oaky notes, adding a touch of sophistication to the rum's overall fragrance.


The initial sip of Bayou Rum Reserve is a delightful surprise. The anticipated sweetness often associated with rum takes a backseat, replaced by a dry oak character reminiscent of a well-aged bourbon. This unexpected twist makes Bayou Rum Reserve a standout amongst its peers, offering a complexity that will intrigue both rum enthusiasts and bourbon aficionados. As the rum unfolds on the palate, pronounced notes of cinnamon and maple emerge, adding a layer of warmth and spice. The dry oak character persists throughout the tasting experience, providing a pleasant structure that balances the sweetness of the rum.


The finish of Bayou Rum Reserve is a lingering testament to its quality. Long-lasting notes of dark fruit, like plum and raisin, mingle with the lingering oak and hints of vanilla. This combination creates a satisfying conclusion that leaves a desire for another sip.

Serving Suggestions

Bayou Rum Reserve's unique flavour profile makes it incredibly versatile. Enjoy it neat or on the rocks to fully appreciate the rum's depth and complexity. For those seeking a more cocktail-oriented experience, Bayou Rum Reserve shines in classic bourbon-style cocktails. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Old Fashioned: Embrace the rum's bourbon-like qualities by crafting a unique Old Fashioned. Combine 50ml Bayou Rum Reserve with 2.5ml sugar syrup, 2 dashes of Angostura bitters, and a dash of orange bitters. Stir well with ice, strain into a chilled rocks glass over a large ice cube, and express an orange peel over the glass for an aromatic touch.
  • Manhattan Rum Sour: This twist on the classic Manhattan brings out the citrusy notes of the rum. Combine 50ml Bayou Rum Reserve, 25ml sweet vermouth, 25ml fresh lemon juice, and 2.5ml sugar syrup. Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry for a touch of elegance.
  • Daiquiri: For a refreshing yet complex take on the Daiquiri, combine 50ml Bayou Rum Reserve with 25ml fresh lime juice, and 12.5ml simple syrup. Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Food Pairings

Bayou Rum Reserve's flavour profile makes it a fantastic companion to a variety of dishes. Here are some suggested pairings to elevate your culinary experience:

  • Chocolate: The rum's rich character complements the bitterness of dark chocolate perfectly. Enjoy a glass of Bayou Rum Reserve alongside a decadent chocolate dessert for a truly indulgent treat.
  • Smoked Meats: The smoky notes of barbecue or grilled meats pair beautifully with the oaky undertones of the rum.
  • Spicy Food: The rum's inherent sweetness can help tame the heat of spicy dishes, creating a harmonious flavour combination.


Bayou Rum Reserve is a unique and compelling spirit that breaks the mould of traditional rums. Its bourbon-like character, infused with notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and dark fruit, offers a delightful surprise for the palate. Whether enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in a well-crafted cocktail, Bayou Rum Reserve guarantees a flavourful adventure in every sip. Visit The General Wine Co. today and embark on your Louisiana rum journey with Bayou Rum Reserve.


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