Review: Three Sheets Cutwater Rum

Cutwater Spirits is an American company based in San Diego that produces various spirits such as whisky, gin, vodka, tequila and rum and they use them for their RTD cocktails. The said spirits are not available in the UK, but it looks like their canned cocktails are.

The current distillery started off as a brewery – the founder, Yuseff Cherney, started distilling in the back of his own brewery using u

The Three Sheets is their unaged rum expression and not much detail is being given regarding its production process. All I could find is that this is made out of organic cane sugar and it’s distilled on a hybrid still – which as far as I’m concerned still counts as batch (pot still) distillation. It is unclear how processed the cane sugar is and if this would be considered actual rum in the EU – refined sugar does not count as a raw material for making rum.

Three Sheets Cutwater Rum is cane sugar based, pot still distilled and bottled at 40% ABV without any additions.

On the nose it feels quite fruity. Dry white wine, apricots, pistachios, lemon zest and palm sugar. White grapes, yellow apples and unripe peach. It does resemble the profile of a white wine a lot. Some maraschino liqueur, floral honey, unripe plums and mullberries.

On the palate it’s quite light bodied. Palm sugar, sour apricots, white wine and floral honey. Pistachios, unripe plums and white mullberries. It’s both dry and moreish with some vegetal notes. A touch of white pepper and green walnuts. The finish is short to medium with dry white wine and nuts.

If I were to put the flavours of this rum on a colour spectrum, it would be light yellow and green. It has unripe fruits and nutty layers alongside vegetal and rich flavours. The raw material controversy aside, this is actually an enjoyable unaged American rum.

It’s a shame this isn’t available in the UK, but it’s priced at around $20 in the US, an amount I would happily spend on this.

Three Sheets Cutwater Rum score:
Flavour/taste: 51/70
Value for money: 15/15
Transparency/purity: 13/15
Overall: 79/100


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