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Recommendable to most
I was at the ancient structure the rum is made in about thirty years ago. An amazing place to see. You walked into the past when I was there. It was small, intimate and very basic. A true artisan rum. I have bottles that are from that time. The rum is a true sipper. If you don’t rinse the glass the next day it has a nose of pure butter scotch.
With it's pale golden colour, this rum looks more like a Chardonnay wine than a rum. The blue waxed bottle top gives this rum great packaging. Opening the bottle, the rum had only a very faint alcohol citrus scent... Sipping it straight was possible, although it provided little flavour and was accompanied by a slow burn. Easy to drink with an ice cube and some coconut water. This rum tasted like no other rum I've tried, although I can't say that I would recommend it.
Tried the Westerhall Estate Number 10 and Westerhall Plantation Rum back-to-back. The Number 10 rum earned a 7 whereas the Plantation has a much stronger alcohol smell and taste to it. The color is also much lighter than the Number 10. The Plantation struggles to earn a 5.
This is not a great rum but is still drinkable. It's a raw rum with nothing flavour wise added. Still has a decent body but just doesn't rock my world I'm afraid ..
The color was very golden. The sweet is very inviting with a banana cakey syrup sweetness. Very long legs and slight alcohol on the noise. And nothing to my liking once on my mouth. I thought maybe I should try it with a snifter. To no avail no improvement. I add a droplet of water on one occasion and with a ice cube on the other. Nothing improved. I was torn between getting this or plantation 5 year. Well the top broke off while trying to open the bottle,annoying but no biggie. I mixed it and that's when it showed up for the party. O well I wanted a low level sipper but this will do for my mixing. Join your brother pyrat XO and black magic in the mixing cabinet.
It's getting better. On the nose I notice banana and Citrus. Smooth going down. I'll revisit it again.
Smart move bottling it above the standard 80 proof. It's far to smooth to be a slight 40% The extra kick adds some excitement yet remains an easy spirit to sip.
Carmel vanilla and wafts of banana and citrus. Not overly sugary nor dry. An all around non offender. Being just so, a snob might mistakenly think it mundane. Quite the contrary. It's a rum that falls into the realm of standards. A measuring stick, a starting point and I imagine not an easy feat to achieve. When you go too far one way or the other this is a rum that will bring you back to the core of what a well crafted golden rum is and should be.
Deserves more than 8 out of 10 but sometimes your mecca lies beyond the realm of standard. Westerhall Plantation is not that sort of rum but saying so is not a knock rather an admiration.
I like this rum. The aromas of freshly baked pound cake and vanilla cream are tempered by fairly strong, but not unpleasant, alcohol overtones. The cake comes through in the tasting along with pepper, vanilla and honey. Very nice. Deceptively light in color and body, but there's a lot going on here.
Thought I'd give this on a try as it's affordable, has spent a few years ageing and isn't loaded with sugar or crazy amounts of colourant. It's not half bad either, nose is light and hints at the time spent in charred oak, you get the taste of that tobacco too when you drink it alongside some mild acidity and an overall bittersweet vanilla flavour. It's ok, especially if you're partial to a drop of sweet Bourbon and the odd cigar.
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