The phrase "The Real McCoy" has made it's way into regular use in the American language, but there is some controversy as to its original source. The most widely accepted origin is a corruption of the Scot's, the "real MacKay", as in "the good stuff".
The rum is a lovely amber hue, with flavors of warm spice, caramel and toffee. It is also absent of banana notes, that often accompany some younger gold rums and even at 5 years, proves to be delightfully drinkable neat. It also performs masterfully in cocktails, and we opted to mix up a Rum Club Old Fashioned inspired by Mike Shea of The Rum Club.
Rum Club Old Fashioned
1.5 oz The Real McCoy Rum
.5 oz. Smith & Cross Rum
Dash simple syrup
Dash orange bitters
Add orange peel, bitters, and simple syrup to old-fashioned glass. Gently press the orange peel with a muddler to express essential oils. Add rums. Add ice (large cube). Enjoy by sipping slowly.