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My curiosity and appreciation of the output from Mhoba needs to be obvious to anybody that has visited this website beforehand. I’ve just a few multi bottling opinions (right here and right here)and one very giant reference piece charting the origins of Mhoba Rum and it’s founder, Robert Greaves right here. Robert is a person that I’ve quite a lot of time and respect for. Not solely does he produce nice Rum, he’s additionally a particularly humble, open, trustworthy and likeable man. So think about my delight after I came upon that one other person who I additionally take into account to be totally first rate was bottling a Mhoba product. That individual is Eric Kaye and alongside together with his accomplice in crime (and spouse), Maura Gedid, they’re impartial bottlers Holmes Cay. 

Holmes Cay have grown slowly however absolutely since my first encounter with Eric and their merchandise again at Rumfest in 2019. Their mantra is “No Components. No Adulteration. Simply Rum”……and it’s one which I absolutely assist and might get on board with. Spanning Australia, Barbados, Belize, Fiji, Guyana, Jamaica, Mauritius, South Africa and Trinidad, they’ve not been too shy to encourage exploration past the Caribbean. Sadly, they’re additionally unavailable right here within the UK exterior of Rum public sale web sites and that could be a actual disgrace. 

How due to this fact have I come to amass this bottling. That’s all because of a espresso and a ham & cheese toastie on the Starbucks across the nook from Crewe railway station in October final 12 months. Eric had been in Liverpool exploring the delights of the Essential Rum warehouse and uncovering some new treats to bottle. Eric had kindly agreed to fulfill me in a cease off on his manner all the way down to London. I duly collected him from the station and we seconded to the sterile wasteland that could be a Starbucks in a railway city on a weekday mid morning. I took some samples of fairly coveted bottles for Eric to try to he kindly gave this bottle in return…..and a fairly cool hat too.  I additionally received to strive a few samples, straight from a plastic Starbucks cup, of some insanely good upcoming bottling’s. Even then, they shone by their dire, drab environment and offered a quick journey to a different place, if just for a second. 

So sufficient speak of trains, hats and sterile espresso store environs, let’s transfer into the Rum. 

Holmes Cay Mhoba 2017 4 Years Previous – 59% abv – 0g/l components

Because the identify would recommend, this can be a Mhoba bottling distilled in 2017 and bottled in 2021. It was bottled at its barrel power of 59% abv and drawn from an ex-South African Whisky barrel (quantity 49). The barrel was one in all a batch obtained from the James Sedgewick Distillery in Wellington, South Africa. Sedgewick’s produce Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky which is a Grain Whisky (will be created from any grain together with unmalted Barley, Wheat, Corn & Rye) and Three Ships which is a Single Malt Whisky (Malted Barley). That parcel of barrels contained each malt and grain whisky barrels, all barrels have been outdated and due to this fact very effectively used, and Robert being Robert, he refurbished round 2 in 10 barrels by eradicating materials and re-toasting. As a result of losses to evaporation (the temperatures are at Caribbean ranges however with higher fluctuation of highs and lows) the casks have been consolidated, due to this fact it’s probably that any releases from the 2017 ex-South African Whisky barrels might have seen time in each ex-malt and ex-grain whisky barrels. 

Tasting Notes

Nostril: We regularly say that distilleries have a signature aroma, honed from their methods crafted and perfected over plenty of years, Robert has undoubtedly achieved that in a brief area of time with Mhoba. It’s like a singular mix of excessive ester Jamaican output, unaged agricole from the French West Indies, the heavier and massively interesting (to me) pot nonetheless facet of cane juice and the glue-y output from Fiji. However that amalgamation is quintessentially Mhoba. 

Vibrant, vivid, ester laden sugarcane juice. Mild acetone. Plastic. Mannequin glue. Lingering gasoline aromas in your hand following filling up the tank. Earthy notes of turmeric, saffron, ginger root and freshly foraged mushrooms creep in. Layers of complexity preserve constructing and revealing themselves because the glass sits. A fruitier facet reveals itself with sticky caramelised pineapple, pineapple the other way up cake, manuka honey. Think about oily lemon and lime rind coated in powdered sugar. White wine. A extremely unshakable candyfloss be aware. Wafts of chocolate coated raisins, toffee pennies. Complicated and rewarding……and extra unnervingly, approachable.

Mouth: Initially there may be an unmistakable and distinguished liquorice root……these little picket sticks that rewarded fixed chewing with earthy, rooty, bitter and sometimes candy liquorice. Sturdy, oily and possessing loads of grip on the palate. As you sit and take repeated sips that sweetness grows with toffee pennies, pineapple cubes and tinned pineapple juice. Superbly managed acidity. Citrus oil. Sticky and virtually damp muscovado sugar being added to a spiced fruitcake combine. Liquorice. Honey on toast. Sugared almonds. A drying and spiced mid palate which is the place the barrel affect first exhibits itself, and it brings white pepper, ginger juice, baking spices. The end is a contact shorter than I might’ve appreciated nevertheless it builds in the direction of it on the previous sips to depart that drying candy, bitter and woody liquorice root, sugared almonds, peaches and perhaps a touch of espresso on the dying. 

In conclusion: This rum is on the lighter facet of the Mhoba output. Method much less wooden affect than their normal choices and it feels extra approachable for it, however don’t let that make you consider that it’s missing in any manner. Fairly the other. It’s advanced, rewarding and exhibits nice growth from nostril to palate and into the end. Robert has once more produced an exemplary distillate and Eric has been good sufficient to snap it up and bottle it. An ideal match. 

4.5 / 5

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