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Overview: Rum & Cane XO Rums – Asia Pacific, British West Indies, and French Abroad


Rum & Cane is a brand new line of rums sourced from everywhere in the world and imported by our associates at ImpEx. Three are ongoing vattings, whereas two single cask choices can be found. We have a look at the previous trio right here right this moment, that are all vattings of two completely different distilleries (typically undisclosed in title) from a single area. They’re all designed to showcase the native manufacturing fashion and terrior, every 100% pure colour with no chill filtration and no added sugar. Every batch is a vatting of solely two casks — one from every distillery — so that is fairly uncommon, unusual stuff, although no ages are said.

Let’s dig into the total lineup. All three are 92 proof.

Rum & Cane XO Rum Asia Pacific – A pair of rums from unnamed distilleries in Fiji and Indonesia, each column and pot distilled and matured in oak barrels and Djati wooden vats. Fairly mushy, fairly fairly. The light amber rum has a curious spice to the nostril — not baking spice, not pepper, however someplace in between, vaguely Asian in design. Lemongrass? Basil? Contemporary ginger? The palate is once more mushy and evocative, gently fruity however exhibiting ample wooden — oak, for certain, and maybe Djati wooden, too, who is aware of? — with a end that evokes dried banana, then some conventional notes of clove and dried ginger. By no means pushy, the column nonetheless is doing all of the work right here, and that’s tremendous. On it’s personal the rum is so quiet and bashful that it tends to fade into the wallpaper, however I’d combine with this any day. A-

Rum & Cane XO Rum French Abroad – A mix of two barrels from Rivière du Mât Distillery in Reunion & Le Galion Distillery in Martinique. Column distilled and matured in each French and American oak barrels. A husky, clearly agricole-driven rum, this has an enormous spice and wooden punch on the nostril, evoking notes of cinnamon spiced raisins, then ample dried pineapple components. A tropical affect retains rolling into the palate, dusky however clearly tropical, with oxidized notes and a daring barrel affect. There’s a funk right here, to the purpose the place I’d have assumed some pot distillate was within the combine. Alas, it’s not the case, although that agricole base helps to plump issues up and punch up the physique. Dusky and immersive on the end, it’s a bit too heavy and one-sided for straight sipping, but it surely might clearly make for an impressive mai tai base. A-

Rum & Cane XO Rum British West Indies – A mix from Trinidad Distillers and Foursquare Distillery in Barbados. Column and pot distillate, matured in ex-bourbon barrels. The only miss on this assortment — and an enormous shock — right here we have now a rum with a nostril that’s overtly beefy and peppery, fairly sharp with a dunder pit funk that by no means actually loses its grip. I hoped for some shiny fruit to chop via on the palate, but it surely was to not be, the sweetness taking a slightly saccharine flip and giving the physique a components of lemon curd, fruit chews, and outdated, gummy apples. The rum feels surprisingly chewy — like an underbaked pie — the end clinging to the palate with out a lot final course. I went again to the Asia Pacific expression as a palate cleanser to get well from this scattered expertise. B-

every $50 / impexbev.com

Rum & Cane XO Rum British West Indies

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