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Sugarlands Shine - Mark and Digger's Hazelnut Rum ($28): Sugarlands Distilling Company worked in collaboration with Mark and Digger from the Moonshiner’s TV show to create this flavored Rum. They combined Hazelnuts with rum in their still to create this expression. Mark and Digger’s Hazelnut Rum was just released on January 3rd during an episode of moonshiners. For each jar sold that night they donated $1 to first responders to recent wildfires in Gatlinburg, TN.  It’s currently available online as well as at Sugarland’s downtown Gatlinburg distillery store.
Sugarlands Distilling Company worked in collaboration with Mark and Digger from the Moonshiner’s TV show to create this flavored Rum. They combined Hazelnuts with rum in their still to create this expression. Mark and Digger’s Hazelnut Rum was just released on January 3rd during an episode of moonshiners. For each jar sold that night they donated $1 to first responders to recent wildfires in Gatlinburg, TN.  It’s currently available online as well as at Sugarland’s downtown Gatlinburg distillery store.

Sipped neat aromas of both fresh and toasted hazelnuts leap from the glass. A host of spices such cloves, cinnamon and vanilla bean fill the palate along with continued references to hazelnut. Mesquite honey leads the inherent sweetness of the finish alongside firm toasty barrel notes and white pepper. If you enjoy your Rum on the sweet side with added natural flavors this is an offering you’ll want to seek out.  I liked it neat but I also experimented with a couple of different drink ideas, one that’s well suited for the winter months and the other a slight modification of a classic.

Adult Hot Chocolate

2 parts Hazelnut rum
6 parts Hot Chocolate
1 Tablespoon Whipped Cream

Stir the Hazelnut Rum into the Hot Chocolate, top with the Whipped Cream and serve

Italian Sunset

2 Parts Hazelnut Rum
3 Parts Orange Juice
3 Parts Seltzer
A Dash of Grenadine

Fill a glass with crushed ice. In succession add the rum, orange juice and seltzer. Top with a dash of Grenadine and garnish with 2 Maraschino Cherries. Serve without stirring.

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