A new cocktail is making its debut at Bob’s Bar, and it’s fast becoming my all-time favourite. Specially crafted by Foursquare Rum Distillery in Barbados for Capella Singapore, this single-blended rum is rich, round and mature. Newly christened Navegante, which means “Navigator” in Spanish, this rum will inspire wanderlust and elicit your thirst for adventure.
Intrigued by this intoxicating spirit, I caught up with the man behind the magic. Join Richard Seale, Master Distiller of Foursquare Rum Distillery, as he takes me behind the scenes of rum-making and shares some rare tasting tips.
What is the profile of the Navegante rum?
Richard: Beautifully balanced, soft and elegant, it has a velvety texture, complex flavours and a long finish with hints of caramel and honey.
How is the Navegante rum crafted?
Richard: We begin with the fermentation of molasses for three days to make a molasses wine. This wine of about 9% alcohol is then distilled both in a traditional ‘coffey’ still and a pot still.
The distilled spirits are blended in a proprietary ratio before being transferred to 200-litre ex-Bourbon American oaks casks. After three years of tropical ageing, the rum is transferred to 350-litre ex-cognac French oak casks to be aged for another five years.
The rum is then reduced to drinking strength of 40% with pure Barbados water from underground coral stone aquifers. No flavourings, sugar or colour is added during the entire process. The gorgeous rum is then bottled with care and shipped to Capella Singapore.
How is it best enjoyed?
Richard: I’d recommend enjoying it as a Rum Old Fashioned, with aromatic bitters and sugar, or simply over a large ice cube. If you’re enjoying your rum neat, pre-chill your glass. This will bring the temperature of the rum just a little lower for the perfect experience.
Any pairing tips to share?
Richard: Serve it with chocolates or preserved cherries.
In your opinion, what’s the biggest trend in the rum world today?
Richard: Authenticity. Connoisseurs are discovering that the very best rums are worlds apart from the ‘industrial’ mass produced rums, thanks to their artisanal distillation in pot stills, transparent age statements and pure authentic flavour.