This blend incorporates 23 individual expressions from 7 countries. Jamaica, Barbados, Guatemala, Panama, Guyana, Barbados, and Java all contributed. The Java inclusion makes me think they may have even snuck a bit of Arrack in there…but I can’t prove it. And, after reading Mr. Pietrek’s 2016 article, it also means it was probably blended by E&A Scheer 😉. It also means we know where the rum came from in at least two of the seven cases as Guatemala and Guyana only have one distiller each. This is a pretty darn good rum, in my opinion!
Burnt gold, certainly appealing
1st sniff – booze on the front, fades into a MONSTER fruit bouquet! Some acetone on the back.
2nd sniff, 2-3 minutes – smooth caramel and vanilla, touch of nutmeg/baking spices, and a waft of funk/hogo
3rd sniff, 8-10 minutes – berries, overripe bananas, hint of smoke,
– smooth, creamy, little booze punch/tingles throughout with a pleasant alcohol heat on the back, just a little bit of green apple on the finish
– some funk floating around in there! Jamaican isn’t hiding.
– full mouth feel, but not heavy, no cloying at all either
– Jamaican becomes more dominant the longer you drink it
– pretty darn well rounded, I like just about everything about it. It’s got a great level of complexity. Interesting nose, fun flavor profile and body. And it evolves as you go.
Score = 4.5
Overall = 4
Cumulative = 17/20