Golden boy Gary's ready to rum-ble
WITH a collection of darks, reds and whites to make any keen drinker drool, it is little wonder the makers of a world-famous rum chose Ipswich man Gary Want as one of its taste testers.
Busting the stereotype of your pot-bellied, Saturday night fighting rum swiller, Mr Want has developed a sensible appreciation for Bundaberg Rum that stems from his first sip as an impressionable teenager.
Since then he has steadily built on his collection of rare Bundaberg varieties - ranging from spiced rum varieties to Port Barrel, Watermark and limited edition Racing Rum.
There are more than 20 different types stashed away in Mr Want's Yamanto home - a collection of which he is rightly proud.
His obsession with the Queensland-made drop reached a new level recently, when he was asked by the company to test its latest drop from the Master Distillers' Collection.
The new product, Golden Reserve, was made using a blend of Bundaberg Rum's finest rums - some up to 11-years-old - based on their unique flavour profiles.
Special reserves of these rums were finished in old sherry and port barrels to soak up the fruit character in the oak.
Mr Want was one of 30 Australians to sample and review the new product, which he described as smooth tasting and evenly balanced.
"The sherry and port barrel flavours have been well captured and it's the subtlety of these undertones combined with the smoothness of the rum that leaves a lingering desire to try some more," he said.
"Generally I'll drink my rum with coke, but this one I think I would prefer on the rocks because it is such a nice drop on its own."
Proving that the Golden Reserve was a hit, a pristine, unopened bottle has taken pride of place on Mr Want's rum shelf, alongside all the other rare breeds he keeps.
"I started collecting them about 10 years ago. I think it all started when I noticed that you couldn't buy some varieties anywhere anymore," he said.
"Then Bundaberg started bringing out some rare ones - so I'd buy one for me and one for the collection."
Even Mr Want's wife and two daughters don't mind the rum obsession, often pooling funds for a new rare variety for dad.
Mr Want said he'd love to get his hands on a bottle of Bundaberg Gold.
Bundaberg Master Distillers' Collection - Golden Reserve is available in selected retailers for RRP $89.99.
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