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Recommendable to most
Hard to find but if you see it don't miss the opportunity. Better than many rums that are twice the price. It's a particularly good summer rum. Very refreshing and light with a good accent on vanilla and caramel. You'll pick up a hint of banana too. This rum is exceptionally smooth and is recommended for newbies and more experienced palates alike.
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.
One comment before I offer my opinions on the rum. I like bottles with wax seals. Gives the bottle an "old school" appeal. But apparently my bottle got a double-dose of navy blue wax making it pretty difficult to open. However when I got it open, I smelled the opening to see what lay in store. It smelled more of plastic but I quickly concluded that aroma was from the double-dose of wax seal rather than the rum itself. Even in a glass the aroma was very subtle...almost nonexistent. This rum was recommended to me by the clerk in the Port St. Joe, Florida liquor store. He said this rum was the only thing the owner of the store drank and so I purchased a bottle since they didn't have the brand of rum I was looking for. This rum is about as golden in color as one can find. Definitely an initial sweetness in flavor followed quickly by some spiciness then the burn...a long, slow burn (it's 43% ABV). Interestingly enough once the burn finally faded I noticed a woodiness to the flavor I presume is from the oak barrels in which it is aged. I can see why the owner of the liquor store likes this so much. Although not my favorite, I feel this is an excellent rum which happens to be extremely versatile. Makes for a good sipping rum as well as a mixer. It definitely adds a good flavor to Coke Zero.
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.
This rum is very flavorful and blended well. Fruit on the nose, with lots of spice and some citrus flavors going on. Very smooth overall and easy sipper with a nice kick. Batch number 21308. Blue wax over real cork top. Wax smelled like pine trees and smoke.
This is one of my favorite light bodied rums. On a hot summer day love to pour a glass and add a few cubes. Find it very smooth and has a wide flavor profile. Pick up motes of toffee, caramel, banana and then a hint of cocoa bean on the back palate,
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