FEELING SULTRY LIKE RUM
Published in ATOD Magazine
February 3, 2017
Flor de Caña Rum is one of the deep, sultry spirits making up the William Grant & Sons portfolio. While rum has most of us feeling like a combination of Captain Jack Sparrow (aka pirates) or island fun, it has a deeply embedded history of land and water and it seems is a lot more sophisticated – and far more interesting – that initially thought.
As Angelenos came together one crisp winter evening, we ventured into an architectural landmark in the heart of Koreatown: The Normandie Club. A local watering hole with tales so intriguing, you’ll want to sneak on in and be a fly on the wall, this was the perfect place to introduce us to a newfound sense of mixology adventuring. Thanks to the Chicago mixology team at famed popup, The Aviary, they headed west to give us a taste of some uniquely tasty drinks made with Flor de Caña Rum that would do far more than wet our whistle … they’d spark conversation and a thirst for showmanship.
The Normandie Club is made up of two bars: one that you can enter through a small discreet door located off of the very busy Downtown Los Angeles streets and the other? One you can sneak in through the hallway that attaches to the Hotel Normandie. With rich woods and decor that transports you to the eras past when prohibition was all the rage and discretion was cooler than Humphrey Bogart’s Casablanca lines, the Normandie will take you back to a place in time when sipping your rum was an actual experience.
Flor de Cana Rum has a range of flavor but most prominently, it’s the caramel notes with crisp amber clove undertones that makes this a spirit one you can play with. And the Aviary team did precisely that. Working much like mad scientists, they had everything from cryovac machines to beakers filled with dried ice, copper housed decanters and even a glass ship inside a wine bottle swimming in liqueur. Each cocktail is hand crafted and full of infusions that would never overcomplicate your palate or under simplify your desire for something new.
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