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Recommendable to most
I first tasted this rum at the Bitter End Yacht Club in the BVI's and due to the excitement of the day of small boat sailing and a breezy day of hiking, I really loved it. This proves that many things impact your taste buds as I'm not nearly as enamored with this rum at home as I was standing in a open beach bar staring out across the sea.
Bottle: A classy update on old school labels including the melted wax over the syn-cork topper. It has a nautical look without looking out of date. I like the bottle a lot.
Bottle Aroma: I rarely see anyone say that a rum has a maple syrup nose or flavor to it, perhaps that is looked down upon, but not to my nose. I really like the smell of this rum, it makes me want to make a concoction for serving with waffles.
Glass Aroma: The rum now steps out behind the cognac like smells in the bottle and you have a pleasant presentation that is building expectations.
Taste: When it first hits, you immediately have heat but give it time as it will dissipate and leave you with a layer of sweet flavor that slowly dries and become oaky with hints of other spices. What a great little rum.
I like this rum and I obviously loved it when we first met. But there is something about that hit of heat that turns me off and the final aftertaste does not make me want more. I suspect that second comment is specific to my palate and other drinkers will not experience this rum the same. I recommend trying it though, you might find it on your shelf afterwards.
This is a pressed sugar cane rum which surprises me a little as it has little of the agricole flavors I would expect to come with it.
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 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 ..
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.
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,
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.
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.
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