This is Cajun Rum Raisin and if you are like me, that Cajun part has you a little afraid. "Ragin' Cajun" is the first thing comes to my mind and I don't think my gut is that far off. "Plump Raisins soaked in Old New Orleans Cajun Spice Rum & A Unique Cayenne Kick Make This Unique Flavor A Creamy, Spicy Delight".
Now the rum soaked raisins are ok, they don't seem to be burning or anything, but MAN OH MAN is the pepper in the base killing me. Even a small bite lights you up. Hey, I can admit I'm afraid of the heat. I tried to take a few more bites but oh my bloody word, this one is not meant for me, not even a little. Ice cream is meant to be a cold refreshing treat and I just don't know why you would want ice cream to burn? Oh, I get that some of you will love the heat and say give me more, but that's not how I roll. Sorry New Orleans but I can't eat this one.
BUT I'M STILL HUNGRY!
Well, there's definitely a nice mild peach flavor running through this pint, it's almost a peach whip cream flavor really. I'd be happy with just the peach flavor and the vanilla bean and be done with it, but there's oh so much more going on here.
Is it a tangy swirl? I don't think that's the right word because it might scare people off. Flavorful works. I tried to scoop just the swirl but it's not really thick enough for that. With a bit of base and swirl on your spoon, it comes over as fairly strong and somewhat sweet, and definitely nothing you should fear.
I have a question: why the almonds? At first they seemed to add nothing but thud. I got a ton on the first scooping but the second scooping is a lot more quiet which I'm appreciating. Hmmm, maybe a mild almond vibe is suppose to play off the peach flavor? I can kind of see the two being friends when you get an initial dash of peach and then follow that with the almond aftertaste.
So we've got a nice summer flavor here. I think some of us are use to a typical simple peach flavor, but once again New Orleans goes full throttle to bring you a true taste of the city. Anyone can do peach, but who else is going to bring you Peach Melba like this? New Orleans ICC will never be accused of doing something half-hearted, that's for sure. If you ever see them on a store shelf, do yourself a favor and try whatever flavor catches your eye.