It is impressive for anyone to not notice the mysterious glass containers crowning the bar of the Urban Beach. Standing like a behemoth and looking as if it belongs in a mad-scientists laboratory…a simple and effective sign labels one as “Old Jon’s Spiced Rum”.
To begin, Jon is the Obi-Wan Kenobi of our trade. A veritable wizard of mixology…and yes he is getting on a bit. However, his name does not adorn the vivacious vessel by default. It was by competition, intoxication and group judgement that his version of a homemade spiced Rum is now available for you to enjoy and judge for yourselves.
Earlier this year, in a shady corner of our establishment…bartenders, chefs and some of the loveliest waiting staff from both the Urban Beach and it’s sister the Urban Reef came together for a night of experimentation. Each entrant brought an austere bottle of Pampero ‘Venezuelan’ Rum that had been imbued with a wide array of flavours, spices and herbs. A tantalising collection of inventiveness, ranging from chilli to chocolate…from nutty to smoked.
Every entrant became judge in a blind tasting that rambled on into the night. Surreptitiously thrown into the fray were a couple of commercially renowned Rums, the new look Sailor Jerry’s and a particular favourite of ours…OVD spiced. As expected through the generations of time and effort put into these two superb spiced Rums, they fared rather well in the blind tasting…emerging victorious against all of the Urban workforce’s concoctions.
Except one…Old Jon’s Spiced rum, a delicate unity of vanilla, dried apricots, raisins, cloves, nutmeg, cardamon and a big ole stick of cinnamon…sufficiently wowed its fellow Rum lovers to be crowned king of the infusions. To honour this remarkable achievement, Jon’s rum was put into a small-scale production across both Urban sites to be made available to the most prestigious and worthy judges of all…your fine selves.
Written by Adam Haines