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Would not we do rum once more?


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January 30, 2022


  A phrase of warning
Let me please remind you that my humble assessments of any spirits are finished from the viewpoint of a malt whisky fanatic who, what’s extra, is aboslutely not an professional in rum, brandy, tequila, vodka, gin or every other spirits. Thanks – and peace!

Would not we do rum once more?

Since that is rum’s flip… Let’s have a look at what we have now… Randomly…

An excellent buddy of mine in Cuba ->

Santiago de Cuba 25 yo (40%, OB, Cuba, +/-2021)

Santiago de Cuba 25 yo (40%, OB, Cuba, +/-2021) Three stars
Full disclosure: I fell in love with Santiago de Cuba 11 years outdated whereas on the island and should have quaffed all of the shares they have been having in La Habana final time I used to be there, 4 or 5 years in the past. Simply my favorite Cuban rum, should you do not take into consideration a number of beautiful pot-still aguardientes that they simply would not promote. Even when the police just isn’t there. Color: deep amber. Nostril: you do really feel the caramel for certain, and the toffee, and the cane syrup, however apart from that, nobody’s making this type this effectively anyplace within the Caribbean, not to mention in central America. Improbable notes of cane honey certainly, milk chocolate, candy earth, maple syrup, thick black honeys, chestnut honey repeatedly, molasses… Properly, all you want is a bit of ‘son’ (you could test the net radio ‘Radio Habana Son Cuba’). Mouth: enormous honeyed caramel, with some sweetness for certain however absolutely no sugar. Great dry molasses, enormous liquorice, then some coal smoke or one thing, black cigars for certain, then vanilla extracts. It’s a little unhappy that they would not have cranked-up the amount a bit of extra, however certainly inside this type, it is a chief. Espresso liqueur. End: will get a bit of flabby, I am afraid. Not the most effective half. Feedback: I am unsure it’s with this one which anybody would ‘salvar la revolucion’, however I discover it superb ‘inside this type’. Now we stay somewhat below the 11. The 20 was method under the 11 too in my e-book.
SGP:740 – 82 factors.

Enmore 1988/2021 (48.9%, The Whisky Jury for Whiskay, Guyana, refill barrel, cask #9, 181 bottles)

Enmore 1988/2021 (48.9%, The Whisky Jury for Whiskay, Guyana, refill barrel, cask #9, 181 bottles) Five stars
Extra whisky folks on and about rum. Maintain on, that is between 32 and 33 years outdated, am I not proper? Whether or not this was the Enmore nonetheless or the Versailles at Enmore, I have no idea and admittedly…  Color: darkish crimson copper! Nostril: some metallic earth, black olives and a few engine oil, that is how I might describe this one at first. There are some resemblances with the Cuban, particularly these whiffs of petroly molasses, however in fact that is a lot tighter and firmer. Vase water, crushed olives and capers, mud, a bit of acetone, turpentine, carbon, lily, caramel… All issues that we get pleasure from, even when it’s a tad heady. Mouth: probably European getting old because it doesn’t show these barely stuffy oaky tones that one would discover in tropically-aged very outdated rums. No names. This can be very floral, salty, with a hippy aspect (I imply, incense, patchouli, weed…) and a few deep all-fruit jams, then espresso liqueur. Whether or not European or not, this one might have been showcased in one in every of Armistead Maupin’s novels. End: medium, on a lot liquorice, tar and occasional liqueur once more. Lighter prune sauce within the aftertaste. Feedback: magnificent, advanced, needing your consideration when in your glass. Thoughts you, it’s between 32 and 33 years outdated!

SGP:662 – 90 factors.

Compania Licorera 19 yo (68.9%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Nicaragua, #R8.6, 'WD40 Dunderfunk', 264 bottles)

Compania Licorera 19 yo (68.9%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Nicaragua, #R8.6, ‘WD40 Dunderfunk’, 264 bottles) Two stars
Let’s not spend our vitality on any analysis, let’s simply attempt to stand the 68.9% vol. and keep away from any prompt but painful demise (our lawyer is taking part in golf and never answering his new iPhone simply now, as all of them do once we want them). Color: gold. Nostril: dandelions, nougat, that is all to this point. With water: mild rum, with maybe a really tiny smoky aspect, however I could also be dreaming. Clearly, the outdated Enmore crushed it and the Cuban crushed it too. Mouth (neat): sugars. Curiously skinny, no dunder and no funk at this stage. With water: mild and straightforward. What funk? End: medium, a bit of skinny. Feedback: there are a lot of wonderful rums throughout the SMWS’s newest choices, however this one’s not one in every of them, in my humble opinion. And nineteen years outdated, you say? I could have missed one thing right here.

SGP:530 – 76 factors.

Guyanese Rum 17 yo 2003 (58.8%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Guyana, #R2.15, 'Charismatic Funk', 180 bottles)

Guyanese Rum 17 yo 2003 (58.8%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Guyana, #R2.15, ‘Charismatic Funk’, 180 bottles) Four stars and a half
Apparently, they do like funk on the SMWS; having stated that, this ought to be a unique form of funk. Color: white wine. Nostril: a complete completely different world. Love this, it is obtained these acetone-y, varnishy notes which can be working so effectively alongside all of the olives, model new double vinyl LP,  anchovy paste and miso. Pretty pretty. With water: similar. Plus new plywood or new IKEA chair (simply do not sit on it). Mouth (neat): elegant grapefruit juice combined with cellulose glue, nail polish, olive oil, Islay peat, bone-dry riesling and simply oysters. As we are saying in French, ‘we obtained knocked on our again’. With water: similar. Excellent. End: lengthy, with extra mint and extra lemon. Excellent. Feedback: feels very Jamaican. We have to meet with the gentleman who’s dealing with the MS-Excel recordsdata on the very honourable SMWS. Joking. Excellent drop, I might have gone as much as 90 if the top of the aftertaste hadn’t been a wee-tad sugary.

SGP:462 – 89 factors.

Uitvlugt 31 yo 1989/2021 (50%, RumSponge, refill barrel)

Uitvlugt 31 yo 1989/2021 (50%, RumSponge, refill barrel) Five stars
The Sponge would give us a number of additional clues right here, resembling the truth that it was ‘early landed’ (so most likely aged within the EU/UK). Color: amber. Nostril: petroly caramel, Barbour grease, very outdated Sauternes, black olives, petrol combine for 2-stroke engines, and as soon as once more, crushed anchovies combined with tarry liquorice juice and the blackest pipe tobacco. And but it could by no means get too heavy on the nostril. With water: pointless (just a bit extra varnish). Mouth (neat): fairly compact, not as ‘large’ as I might have thought, and completely full (pleonasm alert) of salty liquorice, with drops of lemon juice. With water: sameish. I am additionally considering of some Austrian rieslings, Pichler and ‘stuff’. End: lengthy, lemony. It is not that widespread to search out this a lot lemonness in very outdated Demeraras. Beautiful salty aftertaste. Feedback: curiously uncomplicated however expectedly glorious.

SGP:463 – 90 factors.

C<>H 1990/2021 (54.4%, Salon du Rhum Belgique, Jamaica, 228 bottles)

C<>H 1990/2021 (54.4%, Salon du Rhum Belgique, Jamaica, 228 bottles) Five stars
In case you would not know, Belgique is identical factor as Belgium. And in case you would not know both, the marque C<>H might result in Hampden’s very-high-ester part (are you certain, S.?) Like 1,300 g/hlpa. Color: gold. Nostril: glue, acetone, nail polish remover, antirust paint, carbolineum, pencil shavings, carbon mud, brake fluid, spent engine oil… All nice. With water: olives and new Chinese language plastics. Beautiful resiny notes within the background. A painter’s outdated bottle of turpentine, new jumpers… Properly I like this, I feel I wish to marry this bottle, please name Brussels’ bishopric. Mouth (neat): oh, a gritty, massively limey and but completely carbony one. Frankly, I would have stated New Yarmouth or Clarendon. However then once more, I am solely a whisky fanatic. With water: no, there, that is completely wonderful. It is nearly like ingesting the Atlantic ocean, together with all of the fish, seashells, seaweed and shipwrecks. End: lengthy, salty, elegant. Olives on the helm. Feedback: they’ve distilled olives, have they not? I feel I might fairly sip this.
SGP:473 – 93 factors.

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