ARTICLE: Belgian Rums 8 (Sir Chill Barrel)

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Ondertussen komen we aan bij de achtste Rum Rambling, en opnieuw gaat het niet om een volledig onbekende. Het merk ‘Churchill’s’ zagen de trouwe lezers al passeren tijdens The Belgian Ginvasion van vorige zomer. Churchill’s Gin werd gekenmerkt om een heel unieke insteek: Een infusie van tabaksplant om een uniek en edel product op de markt te brengen, en die insteek trokken ze door bij het produceren van hun rum.

Ik heb de Churchill’s Barrel al even in mijn bezit. Het idee om een reeks rond Belgische rums te publiceren was er namelijk al onmiddellijk aan het einde van de vorige zomer; en Bart van Churchill’s was de eerste die mij wist te voorzien van een fles om mee aan de slag te gaan, maar uiteindelijk liet het hele schrijven, door onder andere mijn trouw en enkele tussenprojecten, op zich wachten. Mea Culpa.

Churchill’s Barrel komt net zoals Churchill’s Gin in een vrij ongezien, maar wel leuk, formaat van fles, geadorneerd met het profiel van Winston aan de binnenkant. Winston Churchill, beroemd en berucht, zou zijn liefde voor het Bon-Vivantisme nooit onder stoelen of banken steken, en dat doen Bart Notenbaert en Jurgen Demeulemeester ook niet: De selectie van tabakken die ze verwerkten in een extract om het distillaat te creëren moest van uitmuntende kwaliteit zijn.

Als hoofdtonen van hun rum kiezen ze naast tabak nog voor mandarijn en vanille, net zoals bij de gin. In de neus komt de Rum dus ook vrij zoet en heel rijkelijk binnen, ik krijg zelfs wat warm exotisch fruit in de verte. Bij het proeven krijg ik andere tonen. Meer tabaksplant, wat koffiebonen en pure (bittere) chocolade. De mandarijn lijkt plaats te maken voor bittere appelsien en er is een klein beetje branderigheid in de afdronk. Wat ik lijk te missen is de kracht van een basisrum, wat diepgang van melasse of eventueel funky grassigheid van vers rietsuikersap. Als ik Churchill’s zou moeten categoriseren binnen gekendere ‘stijlen’, dan past hij het dichtst bij de Spaanse, lichtere, stijl van rum.

Bart en Jurgen weten te vertellen dat Churchill’s Barrel gemaakt is in samenwerking met the ‘Belgium Exclusive and Special Taste Creators’, gedistilleerd wordt in Harelbeke en zo een 100% Belgische Rum is. En net daar wringt dan misschien toch het schoentje: Het tropisch gistings- en rijpingsproces, dat voor de cruciale smaakervaring van rum zorgt, is hier afwezig. Alsof er wel een smakenkanon klaar staat, maar het buskruit maar moeilijk wilt ontvlammen. De rum wordt trouwens gebotteld aan 38%, een bewuste keuze van Jurgen en Bart: “Het draait om smaak, niet om je te bezatten”, maar toch denk ik dat het product baat zou gehad hebben bij een hoger ABV.

Ik ging met Churchill’s Barrel aan de slag en maakte twee cocktails. Een eerste verscheen enkele maanden geleden tijdens de Academy Awards, toen ‘Darkest Hour’, de film over de rol van Churchill tijdens WO II, twee Oscars in de wacht sleepte. Mijn cocktail, die ik tevens noemde naar de film, was een variatie op een Rum Old Fashioned, met toetsen van Allspice dram, Chocolate bitters en Kaneelrook.

THE DARKEST HOUR
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If there's one historical figure that not only had a giant impact on politics but on drinking history as well, it might've been Winston Churchill.🇬🇧 The British Prime Minister, well known for being a cigar- and alcohol aficionado, made one of the most legendary quotes about gin ('The gin and Tonic has saved more Englishmen's lives and minds than all the doctors in the Empire')💕 and truly despised Vermouth in his Martinis ('Serve a glass of ice-cold Gin and stir it with an olive while glancing at an unopened bottle of Dry Vermouth').🍸 For those who have been following me since last summer might remember my 'Belgian Ginvasion'🇧🇪 where I introduced you to 'Churchill's Gin', made with an extract of tobacco leaf.🌿 Yet the two men behind it, Jurgen and Bart, also released a rum with the same extract, called 'Churchills Barrel'. . And what better time to introduce you to it than today, with the Oscar for both 'Best Make-Up' and 'Best Actor in a Leading Role' being awarded to 'Darkest Hour'🏆 the movie set in May 1940, where Winston Churchill replaces Neville Chamberlain as prime minister of the UK during one of the darkest times of the 20th Century.⚫ With the rum I made a twist on the Rum Old Fashioned, using Cinnamon smoke and Allspice Dram.🥃 Learn more about Churchill's Barrel and other Belgian rums soon on my blog, as that's what my next focus series will be all about!😍 Have a fantastic week Drinkstagram! 🍸🍸 DARKEST HOUR - 50ml Rum - ‎5ml Demerara Syrup - ‎5ml @thebittertruthcompany Allspice Dram - ‎2 dashes Chocolate Bitters - ‎1 dash Old Time Aromatic Bitters Stir all ingredients with plenty of ice in a mixing glass, strain in a chilled snifter. Smoke it with cinnamon. 🍸🍸 #partner #rum #cocktail #DarkestHour #drinkstagram #instadrinks #rumdrinks #rumlovers #andtheoscargoesto #cocktailoclock #garyoldman #cocktailgram #cocktailparty #cocktailart #coctel #mixology #craftcocktail #cocteles #imbibe #imbibegram #drinkoftheday

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Daarnaast maakte ik een eigen versie van de befaamde ‘El Presidente’ cocktail. Onder de naam ‘The Prime Minister’, met een knipoog naar Churchill, ging ik aan de slag met Dubonnet, Sinaasappellikeur en zelfgemaakte grenadine, afgewerkt met DOM Bénédictine en Angostura Bitters.

THE PRIME MINISTER
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Winston Churchill drank lots of booze 🥃 smoked many cigars 💨 and wrote speeches that would be never be forgotten. In 1953 he even received the Nobel Prize for Literature! ✍️ In his honor, two friends from Belgium, Bart and Jurgen, released 'Churchill's Gin' and 'Churchill's Barrel', both created with an exclusive distillate of the noble tobaccoplant 🌿 a love they have in common with the former British Prime Minister! . I first introduced you to this rum early March, the day after the 90th Academy Awards.🎬 Back then raising a drink in honor of the two Oscars that went to 'Darkest Hour', the movie about Churchill's all important role during World War II.💥 Today I'm serving you a second cocktail, which I named 'The Prime Minister', a riff on the classic 'El Presidente'.🎩 Using Dubonnet instead of Vermouth and downsizing the use of Orange Liqueur to add a tiny bit of Dom Bénédictine. The rum will also be the subject of the eighth Rum Rambling, soon online on my website! ❤️ Cheers to a fabulous Sunday, Drinkstagram! 🍸🍸 THE PRIME MINISTER - 60ml Churchill's Barrel - 20ml Dubonnet - 10ml Dry Curacao - 5ml Dom Benedictine - 1 barspoon of Homemade Grenadine - 1 dash Angostura Bitters Stir 30-40 seconds with plenty of ice and double strain in a pre-chilled coupe. Garnish with Winston's typical bowler hat. 🍸🍸 #cocktail #cocktails🍹 #cocktailoclock #cocktailtime #instadrinks #drinkstagram #cocktailgram #libation #craftcocktails #cigarworld #cigartime #cocktailporn #imbibegram #drinkoftheday #imbibe #rumlover #belgianmade #cigar #cocktailblogger

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Een Rum die een volledig Belgisch verhaal vertelt en de fans van de gelijknamige gin zeker zal bekoren, dat is Churchill’s Barrel.

Schol!
Matthias

WEBSITE: www.churchillsbarrel.be
RICHTPRIJS: €39 voor 50cl

ENGLISH 🇬🇧


By now we’ve arrived at the 8th Rum Rambling and once again we’re not dealing with a complete stranger. The brand, Churchill’s, and its Gin had been featured on my blog during last Summer’s Belgian Ginvasion. Churchill’s Gin had a very unique approach: An infusion of tobacco to deliver a unique and noble product, and that approach has been the same with their rum.

I’ve had the Churchill’s Barrel for quite a while already. The idea to start writing a series of articles on Belgian rums has already been slumbering since the end of last Summer and Bart of Churchill’s was one of the first people that wanted to provide me with a sample to get going. Ultimately, due to my move, my marriage and some other projects, the entire series took a while before getting published. Mea culpa.

Churchill’s Barrel comes, just like the gin, in a rather unusual, but fun bottle, adorned with a silhouette of Winston on the inside. Winston Churchill, both famous and infamous, would always loudly express his love for living the Bon Vivant life, and that’s exactly what Bart Notenbaert and Jurgen Demeulemeester do as well: The selection of tobaccos they process in an extract to create the distillate can only be of the most pristine quality.

Next to tobacco, they choose to go for strong flavors of clementine and vanilla, similar to the gin. In the nose, this leads to a sweet and very rich parade of aromas, I even get some exotic fruit in the back. Upon tasting I’m greeted with an entirely different set of tones. More tobacco, accompanied by coffee beans and some dark chocolate. The clementine seems to alter to bitter oranges and there’s a tiny burn in the aftertaste. What I do seem to miss is the force of a strong body of rum in general: some depth that molasses can provide, maybe some funky grassiness we get from agricoles. If I would have to categorise Churchill’s, I’d say it falls under the ‘Spanish’, lighter, style of rums.

Bart and Jurgen share that Churchill’s Barrel is made in cooperation with the ‘Belgium Exclusive and Special Taste Creators’, locally distilled in Flanders and is a 100% Belgian rum. And I do think that’s what seems to be the source of the remark I had in the previous paragraph: the tropical fermentation and agingprocess, which forms the crucial flavor profile of rums, is absent. As if there’s a flavor canon ready, but lacks the fire to ignite the gunpowder. The rum is bottled at 38%, a conscious decision by Bart and Jurgen: “It’s about flavor, not about getting wasted”, yet I do think the rum could benefit from some more punch.

I got creative with Churchill’s Barrel and made two cocktails. A first one appeared three months ago, during the Academy Awards, when ‘Darkest Hour’, the movie about Churchill’s role during WWII, won two Oscars. My cocktail, named after this magnificent movie, was a twist on a classic Rum Old Fashioned with a touch of allspice, chocolate bitters and cinnamon smoke.

THE DARKEST HOUR
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If there's one historical figure that not only had a giant impact on politics but on drinking history as well, it might've been Winston Churchill.🇬🇧 The British Prime Minister, well known for being a cigar- and alcohol aficionado, made one of the most legendary quotes about gin ('The gin and Tonic has saved more Englishmen's lives and minds than all the doctors in the Empire')💕 and truly despised Vermouth in his Martinis ('Serve a glass of ice-cold Gin and stir it with an olive while glancing at an unopened bottle of Dry Vermouth').🍸 For those who have been following me since last summer might remember my 'Belgian Ginvasion'🇧🇪 where I introduced you to 'Churchill's Gin', made with an extract of tobacco leaf.🌿 Yet the two men behind it, Jurgen and Bart, also released a rum with the same extract, called 'Churchills Barrel'. . And what better time to introduce you to it than today, with the Oscar for both 'Best Make-Up' and 'Best Actor in a Leading Role' being awarded to 'Darkest Hour'🏆 the movie set in May 1940, where Winston Churchill replaces Neville Chamberlain as prime minister of the UK during one of the darkest times of the 20th Century.⚫ With the rum I made a twist on the Rum Old Fashioned, using Cinnamon smoke and Allspice Dram.🥃 Learn more about Churchill's Barrel and other Belgian rums soon on my blog, as that's what my next focus series will be all about!😍 Have a fantastic week Drinkstagram! 🍸🍸 DARKEST HOUR - 50ml Rum - ‎5ml Demerara Syrup - ‎5ml @thebittertruthcompany Allspice Dram - ‎2 dashes Chocolate Bitters - ‎1 dash Old Time Aromatic Bitters Stir all ingredients with plenty of ice in a mixing glass, strain in a chilled snifter. Smoke it with cinnamon. 🍸🍸 #partner #rum #cocktail #DarkestHour #drinkstagram #instadrinks #rumdrinks #rumlovers #andtheoscargoesto #cocktailoclock #garyoldman #cocktailgram #cocktailparty #cocktailart #coctel #mixology #craftcocktail #cocteles #imbibe #imbibegram #drinkoftheday

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Next to that I published a personal twist on the ‘El Presidente’. ‘The Prime Minister’, a nod to Winston obviously, was created by combining the rum with Dubonnet, Dry Curacao, homemade Grenadine, DOM Bénédictine and Angostura Bitters.

THE PRIME MINISTER
(click image for recipe)

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Winston Churchill drank lots of booze 🥃 smoked many cigars 💨 and wrote speeches that would be never be forgotten. In 1953 he even received the Nobel Prize for Literature! ✍️ In his honor, two friends from Belgium, Bart and Jurgen, released 'Churchill's Gin' and 'Churchill's Barrel', both created with an exclusive distillate of the noble tobaccoplant 🌿 a love they have in common with the former British Prime Minister! . I first introduced you to this rum early March, the day after the 90th Academy Awards.🎬 Back then raising a drink in honor of the two Oscars that went to 'Darkest Hour', the movie about Churchill's all important role during World War II.💥 Today I'm serving you a second cocktail, which I named 'The Prime Minister', a riff on the classic 'El Presidente'.🎩 Using Dubonnet instead of Vermouth and downsizing the use of Orange Liqueur to add a tiny bit of Dom Bénédictine. The rum will also be the subject of the eighth Rum Rambling, soon online on my website! ❤️ Cheers to a fabulous Sunday, Drinkstagram! 🍸🍸 THE PRIME MINISTER - 60ml Churchill's Barrel - 20ml Dubonnet - 10ml Dry Curacao - 5ml Dom Benedictine - 1 barspoon of Homemade Grenadine - 1 dash Angostura Bitters Stir 30-40 seconds with plenty of ice and double strain in a pre-chilled coupe. Garnish with Winston's typical bowler hat. 🍸🍸 #cocktail #cocktails🍹 #cocktailoclock #cocktailtime #instadrinks #drinkstagram #cocktailgram #libation #craftcocktails #cigarworld #cigartime #cocktailporn #imbibegram #drinkoftheday #imbibe #rumlover #belgianmade #cigar #cocktailblogger

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A rum telling an entirely Belgian story and which will please those looking for a rum that’s both bitter and sweet at the same time, that’s Churchill’s Barrel.

Cheers!
Matthias

WEBSITE: www.churchillsbarrel.be
PRICE: €39 for 50cl

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