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July 24, 2022


Rums of the world this time once more

Varied rums immediately, which is less complicated and funnier to do than single-distillery and even single-country periods. Subsequent time we’ll have previous cognacs, and the following Sunday most likely a big flight of Coronas. I imply, of Caronis. Within the meantime…

The Flying Fijians, Fiji’s nationwide rugby workforce.

Clairin Le Rocher 2020 (47.2%, OB, La Maison & Velier, Haiti, +/-2021)

Clairin Le Rocher 2020 (47.2%, OB, La Maison & Velier, Haiti, +/-2021) Four stars
Some white rum from Haiti, effectively a clairin that was distilled from cane syrup slightly than contemporary cane juice, in pot stills. It’s marketed as having been bottled at ‘nonetheless energy’, which might recommend, at 47.2%, that the second run has been very, very lengthy and that the make ought to shelter many heavier congeners. Let’s have a look at… Color: white. Nostril: first lots of medicinal alcohol, artisanal vodka (I used to know a Russian dentist who tended to make these sorts out of his ‘skilled stuff’) with one thing burnt, some varnishes, then the anticipated olives and rotting bananas, plus lots of fermenting cane juice, with a greasy aspect. Very aguardiente-ish, we’re speaking under-the-counter Cuban aguardiente. Mouth: fairly bizarrely, it’s not the wild sort of clairin I used to be anticipating due to that ‘nonetheless energy’ point out, it is slightly one which’s filled with liquorice allsorts and agave syrup slightly than cane. Very intriguing, going then in direction of a lemon + olive mixture, with even a sense of these dry martinis that some English gents appear to cherish. End: lengthy and saltier, with a wee smokiness and at all times these lemons and olives. I simply can not not consider some mezcals. Feedback: I used to be a bit of hesitant at first, nevertheless it unfolded slightly fantastically. This, many ice cubes and 40°C within the shade. There’s additionally a sense of ready-made Ti’punch, maybe.

SGP:661 – 86 factors.

That one known as for extra clairin…

Clairin Sonson 2020 (51.1%, OB, La Maison & Velier, Haiti, +/-2021)

Clairin Sonson 2020 (51.1%, OB, La Maison & Velier, Haiti, +/-2021) Three stars
This one two was batch-distilled from cane syrup. Color: white. Nostril: fruitier but and much more varnishy, with slightly excessive esters and a really rotting-banana-y aspect. Pattex! With water: will get extra acetic. Juniper, white vinegar, bits of tarragon… Mouth (neat): clearly gentler than the Rocher and slightly paying homage to caraway-led aquavits. Limoncello, caraway, varnish. With water: will get sweeter but, nearly liqueury. It jogs my memory of a drink… let me examine WF’s archive… There, kummel! End: same-ish, plus citronade. Feedback: actually good however I consider the Rocher was in a better league. Vaval, Sajous and Casimir too, I might add.

SGP:661 – 82 factors.

Since we have been in Haiti… By the way in which, heard one thing of Barbancourt recently? Hope they’re doing okay…

Haiti 2004/2018 (63.1%, LMDW, Transcontinental Rum Line for &Fine Spirits)

Haiti 2004/2018 (63.1%, LMDW, Transcontinental Rum Line for &Tremendous Spirits) Three stars and a half
Aged for lower than one yr within the tropics, and greater than 13 years in Europe. Questioning if the UK nonetheless counts as ‘Europe’ in that respect. Proper, that is mentioned to be some indie Barbancourt, however was it nonetheless pure pot nonetheless or ex-column? Or a mixture of each? Color: white wine. Nostril: extraordinarily pungent, would destroy your nostril when sniffed at above 15°C. Tyre patch glue. With water: much less glue and nail polish, extra syrup, butterscotch, nougat, oriental pastries, baklavas… Mouth (neat): varnish, fruit juices and bonbons. And lots of ethanol. Relatively within the type of some unreduced Panamanians, Guatemalans or Nicaraguans, with that thinner physique. With water: I might wager that is one of the best you possibly can do inside this lighter type. Drops of pastis, so mainly, liquorice and aniseed, fennel… End: medium, slightly contemporary, a tad sugary and syrupy, nonetheless. Orange juice, aniseed and caraway within the aftertaste. Feedback: completely not my most well-liked type, however as I mentioned, probably one of the best you possibly can do inside that type (which isn’t my favorite, eh).

SGP:640 – 84 factors.

Let’s transfer to… proper, since we talked about it, Panama…

Malecon 18 yo 1998 'Rare Proof' (51.7%, OB, Panama, +/-2017)

Malecon 18 yo 1998 ‘Uncommon Proof’ (51.7%, OB, Panama, +/-2017) Two stars
Proper, Malecon just isn’t fairly a buddy of the home WF, Angus and yours really have at all times discovered them weak and void of any smidgen of curiosity. However our soul is pure and our quest unachieved, so… As for why 51.7% could be a ‘uncommon proof’, I do not know. Color: full gold. Nostril: Fanta and marmalade, citron liqueur and, certainly, triple-sec and limoncello. We do spot a sample… With water: falls flat. Low cost milk chocolate maybe. Mouth (neat): no no no. Cane syrup, Frappuccino, cheaper orange liqueur, caramel and airport fudge. With water: maybe a notch higher, however sugary. Marshmallows and sugar eggs. End: brief, skinny, candy. Feedback: most likely not the utter disaster that we have been fearing, however did they really want eighteen years to supply this simplistic little candy rum? I might say solely the Malecon 25 yo ‘Reserva Imperial’ was frankly extra to my liking (WF 78).

SGP:730 – 70 factors.

In fact it’s a type that they make ten instances higher in Barbados…

W.I.R.D. 2000/2022 (47.8%, Plantation, Extreme Series, Barbados, 924 bottles)

W.I.R.D. 2000/2022 (47.8%, Plantation, Excessive Sequence, Barbados, 924 bottles) Five stars
Ex-pot nonetheless and authorized with out ‘dosage’. Aged for five years within the tropics, then 16 years in continental Europe, together with 2 years in Ferrand’s cognac casks. Nonetheless questioning why they might try this, however there. Color: gentle gold. Nostril: contemporary, with whiffs of aniseed, liquorice, absinth, seawater, damaged branches, clams, wakame, paraffin, previous tin-box, oysters… (all that in no explicit order, as you could have observed). And no cognac. Mouth: it is received this quasi-phenolic, deeper and fatter type that is a bit of unusual in Barbados (in response to my very meagre expertise). Shoe polish, salmiak, salt (proper, it triggers a saltiness), and even a wee feeling of peat smoke. Additionally, it isn’t typically that I might discover this many oysters in some rum. Glorious. End: slightly lengthy, salty, this time with a handful of olives and a contact of the blackest and most bitter chocolate. Feedback: we do no politics, we’re content material with tasting what reaches our tulip glasses. What’s not reaching them is of little or no curiosity to us. Relatively good W.I.R.D., this.

SGP:463 – 90 factors.

Not stunned, that is Plantation’s high vary. Anyway, kudos  and let’s now attempt to discover one thing that, in concept, may ‘climb over’ that little W.I.R.D… Maybe this?

Enmore 29 yo 1991/2021 (51.2%, Nobilis Rum, Selected by Rum Exchange, cask #NR10, 191 bottles)

Enmore 29 yo 1991/2021 (51.2%, Nobilis Rum, Chosen by Rum Alternate, cask #NR10, 191 bottles) Four stars and a half
From the only picket Versailles nonetheless when it was nonetheless at Enmore, earlier than being moved to Diamond, with a cask bearing the marque ‘KFM’ (which doesn’t imply Kentucky Fried Molasses, thoughts you – ooh that was good, S.) Color: brownish amber. Nostril: tons of contemporary putty, teak oil, Barbour grease, pine resins, tar liqueur, pine-cone smoke, burning incense and lemon marmalade. Roughly. With water: considerable tobaccos, cigars, cigarettes and pipes. Additionally pu-her tea and walnut stain. Mouth (neat): pure pine and oak syrup, extraordinarily extractive, completely tannic, and but slightly interesting for those who’re not afraid of dropping your tongue to the enemy. Proper, I’ve to say the jury’s nonetheless out. With water: fairly often, water would kill tannic spirits and make them simply drying and flat. That is not what’s taking place right here, as we have additional moved in direction of skinny mints and thyme tea. End: lengthy, and maybe a notch too tannic and piney certainly. I really like this, however I could not probably go as excessive as 90+. Feedback: vastly extractive rum, maybe not fairly for the faint-hearted. Not precisely Bacardi Mild at 37.5% vol.
SGP:472 – 88 factors.

Why not Fiji because the final nation we go to immediately?

South Pacific Distillery 16 yo 2001/2018 (57.4%, The Rum Cask, Fiji).

South Pacific Distillery 16 yo 2001/2018 (57.4%, The Rum Cask, Fiji) Five stars
Molasses in pot stills. Many have been glorious already. Plus, Fiji is a rugby nation, similar to Scotland. Oh, and France. Color: gold. Nostril: South Pacific has received this Worthy-Parkish aspect that we have typically discovered slightly thrilling. Petrol, acetone, olives, carbon, engine oil, chalk, acidic fruits (proper, lemons and star fruits), charcoal, roots… With water: salsify, eggplant and gentian, no? Mouth (neat): completely glorious, if a bit sharp, very zesty, with carbon, espresso dregs, the greenest inexperienced apples, turmeric, liquorice, salted water, Maggi… With water:  wham, case closed. Elegant salted fruits, chutneys, seafood, roots and tobaccos. End: lengthy, on precisely the identical flavours. Feedback: not many people know of this as a result of Fiji just isn’t within the Caribbean, however I say it’s time the world would take discover. Except the prices of transport preserve skyrocketing, and boozes get extra regional once more… Now if I ever spot any Alsatian rums, I get out three shotguns and a rifle.
SGP:462 – 90 factors.

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