Well, I have to admit that I’m at a loss. Normally I have a pretty good sense of my enjoyment, or not, of each rum I sample. But, this one has thrown me a curve ball. It has a flavor I simply can’t nail down. Ypioca is a light rum in color but it has a wonderful spice about it that reminds me of heavier, darker blends. There’s even a smokiness to it that confuses me since this rum’s coloration is so bright. I don’t know if this makes sense or not, but it makes me think of leather. What that means I don’t know, but let me clarify on that odd critique a little – You know that amazing smell a good leather bound book emits? Or, how a well-worn leather jacket smells? Well, oddly enough this rum reminds me of a sophisticated and well-loved leather briefcase. I know, I know, I know… it’s weird, but then again that’s the whole point of my reviews, right? I get to tell you how each rum tasted, smelled, looked and how they make me feel. So there you have it.
I first sampled Ypioca straight in a tumbler. The aroma of sugar cane along with a generous amount of spices hit me as I sniffed the first waft of aroma from the mouth of the bottle. I was surprised by the light coloration as I was expecting something slightly more of an amber tone. I’m not sure why, but the uniqueness of the bottle’s decor led me to think of a darker blend. At first sip I was completely taken aback by the intensity and fullness of the flavor. Lighter rums are typically, well, lighter. But this one felt full and robust.
I next tried Ypioca on the rocks. The ice cooled the spices but it did not take anything away from the robust flavor and the heaviness of this rum. I liked it just as much on the rocks as I did pure.
As I was writing this review I noticed the back label provided two recipes – I gave one of them a try and was very pleased with it. I admit I didn’t follow the recipe to the “T”, but I did use the basic idea. Here’s what I did:
In a tumbler add about ¼ tsp of sugar and make sure it’s crushed. Slice up a lime and squeeze in some juice. Don’t be shy about it either. Toss in the lime wedges, about four will do. Put in a generous amount of Ypioca and then add some ice. Stir it up and thoroughly enjoy.
So as to not stray too far from my previous reviews, I must included my review of the bottle. Take a look at the pictures I added to this review and you’ll see why this bottle caught me eye. The bottle is wrapped in a mesh sleeve made of grass or something. It’s very cool and unique.
I had hoped the bottle was corked, but under the plastic seal was a screw top and a control spout. I was pleased to see the control spout since it added a little something extra to the uniqueness of the bottle.
Overall I liked Ypioca. I think mostly because it continued to surprise me every step of the way. I recommend keeping Ypioca on hand to add variety to your home bar. Impress your guests by mixing a simple recipe of Ypioca, lime slices, sugar and ice.