10 Cane Rum Tasting Notes

Hailing from Trinidad & Tobago, 10 Cane Rum is produced by Moët Hennessy (also the producers of Veuve Clicquot, Belvedere and Moët & Chandon) and is a relatively young product, being available to the public from 2005 and considered the first in-house developed brand by Moët Hennessy (instead of being traditionally aquired). Although not steeped in history like other rums, 10 Cane has been creating quite a stir, winning a range of awards at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition including one double gold, two gold, and two silver medals and faring well in international spirit ratings.

10 Cane Rum

The real question though that is on most consumers minds is why is it called 10 Cane?

Well traditionally, sugar cane stalks are harvested in bundles of 10. Additionally, it takes 10 sugar cane stalks to make one bottle of 10 Cane Rum. Simple! 10 Cane also uses first press cane juice which is the purest, most flavorful juice extracted from hand-harvested Trinidadian sugar cane. After the cane is hand-harvested, it is taken to the nearby distillery where it is gently pressed. The sugar cane juice is then fermented for 5 days in stainless steel tanks to allow for slow development of the aromas. The fermented sugar cane juice is then distilled twice in small batches in French pot stills ensuring optimal yet gentle extraction of the sugar cane aromas. Aged for one year in vintage French oak barrels, the sugar distillate is blended with a touch of extra old Trinidadian rum, which is to add complexity and versatility.

10 Cane – 40%

On the nose, 10 Cane releases hints of fresh floral aromas with a small hint of pear. The palate emphasises the presence of the pear and mixes well with vanilla and spice. It’s smooth as it makes its way around your mouth and gives off a soft kick in the after-taste of citrus flavours.

Theres also a fair few cocktails out their which utilises this light rum –


Glass –


Ingredients –

50ml 10 Cane
35ml Pineapple juice
10ml fresh lime juice
10ml Grenadine

Method –

Shake all the ingredients together and strain into a chilled Martini glass.

10 Cane – Tropical Storm

Tropical Storm

Glass –


Ingredients –

25ml 10 Cane
25ml Banana liqueur
50ml Orange juice
Splash of Pineapple juice
Splash of Grenadine
1/2 Banana

Method –

Blend and serve in a margarita glass. Garnish with a slice of orange.

Two great ideas to ask your bartender for, or even create at home!

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3 thoughts on “10 Cane Rum Tasting Notes

  1. I love the bottle. It’s superficial, sure, but I think the bottle is important. Presentation and packaging is important to stand out. I hate it when manufacturers use standardized bottles. It’s just boring and uninspiring. The bottle needs to be as unique and interesting as the content of it.

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