Engenho Novo Amarone Cask
This traditional distillery from Madeira made an experiment with an 18 months finish in casks of the heaviest, thickest and fruitiest Italian red wine: Amarone. A risky experiment… but the result is actually much more conservative than expected. The typical juiciness and richness of their rum, so herbal, full of earthy notes, ripe dates and raisins, is preserved: dark, very heavy, fruity. The influence of the wine starts to appear only as a different twist in the peppery character and tannic astringency of the long, warm, lingering finish.
This rum has been fully matured at the distillery of origin, in a Tropical climate.
The effect of the warm weather and humidity speeds the maturation process and the interaction with the oak of the cask: the result is a rum which is already perfectly mature and fully expressive at a relatively young age, and a very bold flavour profile which differs from that of rums which have been aged only for a period in the Tropics and then in Europe for the remaining maturation period.
Choosing between the bold taste of Tropical Ageing or the slower but subtler taste of Continental Ageing is a matter of personal preference, and the true connoisseur will enjoy tasting the difference between the two methods: since we consider this information important for the discriminating rum aficionado, we always declare it on the label!