A powerhouse of a Jamaican rum! Extremely dry, spicy and aromatic, it has very little oak influence for a close-to-the-spirit experience. Bold notes of fermented fruits, cinnamon, and the unmistakable tar, green sugarcane and Jamaican “funk” of Hampden. The finale is salty and hugely peppery. Approach with caution… and some water on the side!
Tropical + Continental
2nd fill Bourbon
504 bottles from a single cask at full strength? This should be a butt, aged in Europe. Thank you Sherlock. Or there’s been some ullage/vatting taking place. Colour: gold. Nose: ultra-bright again, rather in the style of the Mabaruma, only at full speed. Petrol, tar, brine, anti-rust paint, black tapenade (crushed olives and anchovies), and then, in the back, a few fresh tropical fruits, around oranges and bananas. Oh and some camphor. I’ll tell you what I think a little later. With water: some flowers! Pot-pourri, dried roses… Dried mint leaves… Some pipe tobacco too, and perhaps a touch of cedar wood. Mouth (neat): a panzer division with fruits and flowers. Impeccably massive, salty, liquoricy, olive-y, kippery, and all that. Amazing rum for whisky lovers. With water: an amazing balance between some tropical jams (the names escape me), and the usual huge tarry/salty/high-estery side. Finish: very long and beastly, but it takes water well and you can tame it. Comments: I’ve heard they’re being poured this when they’re shooting Game of Thrones. I mean, the battles.
SGP:363 – 92 points.
In any tasting session, you need a crux. Maybe this last one…