Pink Pigeon is named after an endangered bird native to Mauritius. At one time there were only 10 left in the world. The rum is distilled in the oldest distillery still in operation today in Mauritius.The vanilla is then handpicked before being married to the rum. There is also a mix of nutmeg and other spices which are added to the spirit.
The color is a rich straw color.
On the nose there is an intense aroma of vanilla. Its like you sliced open a vanilla pod and let the aroma envelop you. There is no alcohol burn or aroma to be detected.
The taste is a rich and silky vanilla with touches of alcohol. There are subtle hints of spices in the background but it is impossible to distinguish any, including the nutmeg.
I think that this could be a wonderful spirit if the vanilla was slightly reduced to allow some of the other spices to shine through. Nevertheless if you like the flavor of vanilla and you are looking for a slightly more complex vanilla rum mixer then give this a shot. It retails for around $35/750ml. Review sample was provided by the fine representatives of Pink Pigeon.
Pink Pigeon Punch
7 oz. Pink Pigeon rum
3 oz. fresh lemon juice
.75 oz. agave nectar
7 oz. fresh watermelon juice
12 oz. ginger beer
Combine all ingredients except ginger in a pitcher without ice. Add ice and stir to incorporate. Top with ginger beer, more ice, and gently stir to combine.
For this creation I wanted to combine Pink Pigeon with the great combo of Mezcal and pineapple.
1.5 oz Pink Pigeon Rum
.25 oz Mezcal
.25 oz Agave Nectar
1.5 oz Pineapple Juice
Vigorously shake and fine strain into a coupe glass.
It is deliciously smooth with the right amount of smokiness and notes of vanilla in the finish.
Now for some bubbles and a refreshing complex summer sipper.
1.5oz Pink Pigeon Rum
.5 oz Hibiscus Grenadine
.25 Pomegranate Molasses
.5 oz Aperol
.5 oz Lemon Juice
1.5 oz Seltzer
Shake all ingredients except club soda with ice and strain into an ice filled glass. Top with club soda and give a gentle stir. Garnish with an orange wedge.
The seltzer and the lemon juice helps to brighten this drink with rich and complex flavors. It is refreshing with just enough orangey bitterness from the Aperol to keep it from being too sweet.
The last drink is another original creation. This one is based off a combination of the Hoar-Frost and the Bristolian
Pigeons in Spring Time
1 oz Genever
.5 oz Pink Pigeon
.5 oz Cointreau
.5 oz Lillet Blanc
Dash of Simple Syrup up to .25 oz
In a rocks glass place a long strip of orange and lemon peel and then fill with ice. Take ingredients, shake, and strain into rocks glass.
There is a strong citrus nose provided by the expressed oils from the peels. There are floral and orangey notes with a malty vanilla finish. The simple syrup helps to open up the flavors and allow them to unite.
Sample provided by represenatives of Pink Pigeon.