Rum Review: Denizen Aged White Rum

Denizen Aged White Rum

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On May 17, 2012
Last modified:July 8, 2014


Highly Recommended. A smooth and flavorful white rum, ideal for Daiquiris, Mojitos and other cocktails.

Denizen Rum is something of a paradox. It’s a Caribbean rum, but it is blended in Europe. It’s an aged rum, but it is crystal clear. It’s a quality rum, but it is sold at a very affordable price. One thing is no mystery, however: this rum is a winner.

Denizen begins with aged Trinidadian rum from the Angostura distillery, which is charcoal filtered to remove all color. It is then blended in the Netherlands with small amounts of 15 different pot-distilled Jamaican rums, giving it much more flavor and body than is typically found in clear rum.

And clear it is. Denizen has a bright, clean appearance, accompanied by a subtle floral, sugar cane aroma. It has a silky, medium-bodied mouthfeel — it’s immediately apparent that this rum hasn’t been distilled to death. There’s still a lot of character here.

The flavor is spicy and dry, only slightly sweet, with a medium-long finish. It definitely has some heat to it that reminds you you’re drinking rum. You can also taste the vanilla and oak that indicate it spent some time in wood.

Denizen is certainly a rum you can sip neat, especially with a couple ice cubes to cool its fire a bit. But it really shines in cocktails. Almost any drink that calls for a white rum, from a Daiquiri to a Mojito to a Piña Colada, will be improved by the use of Denizen rum. Its versatility means you can use it virtually anywhere with good results.

Best of all, this rum won’t break the bank. You can buy a bottle from DrinkUpNY for only $17. Most of the time you can’t even find Bacardi for that cheap, and this rum runs circles around that better-known brand.

Currently, Denizen is only available in New York State, but hopefully they’ll be getting wider distribution soon. This is a rum that’s too good to pass by. [Edit 7/8/14: This rum is now more widely available. Check their website for details.]


2 thoughts on “Rum Review: Denizen Aged White Rum

  1. Thanks for the review. I’d like to share a bit more information sourced from the distiller’s website. It is fair to say this rum is almost entirely a continuous column stilled (read minimal flavor) Trini rum, and here’s the key “aged UP to five years”. Basicly that means that you really don’t know what the actual age is, although – as so well said by Richard Seale about Z-23 – “there’s probably only a teaspoon of older rum in the bottle.
    This unverifiable but likely young rum makes up most of the blend with a “small amount” of unaged Trini rum blended in, and a mere “trace” of “15 Jamaican pot-stilled rums. First of all I’m not sure there are 15 different high ester rums from Jamaica, and even if there were, blending them in 1/15ths of a trace, what’s that? A drop of each? And would a blender really know?
    Call me mystified. BTW floral aromas are typical of very young white rums, so nothing new there either. Frankly, you can buy Flor de Cana 4 Year (and it’s ALL four years old) for the same price (or less), that has a lot more going on.

  2. I love the Flor de Caña Extra Dry — a staple in my cabinet. I haven’t tasted it side-by-side with the Denizen, but just going off memory, I’d probably rank the FDC a little higher.
    The Banks 5 Island is probably my favorite white rum, with FDC coming in second. Then maybe the Denizen. But there are several I haven’t tried.
    (I was curious about that “15 rum” part, too. But it makes a nice story, and rum always goes well with a nice story.)

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