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Now this is some good stuff
It wasn't until I tasted this, that it became apparent to me, that this is almost exactly what i'm looking for in a barbadian rum. The combination of subtle, elegant flavours combined with personality and slightly dry, spicy hints.
The nose is delicious in a bounty beach kinda way, with lots of roasted coconut, vanilla, light charred oak spices and caramel. It really invites you in.
Sipped, the rum is medium bodied with a semidry, honeyed mouthfeel. The taste opens with buttery, dark chocolate, coconut and vanilla, before moving onto some more earthy notes of tobacco and leather in the mid palate.
The finish has has some nice charred oak notes and ginger-like spices. There's an underlying sweetness to the taste which strikes a great balance with the earthy spices. The finish is quite long.
I'm really appreciating the composition of this rum. In my book, it's a bit better than the old XO, but to be fair, it's a very long time since i had that one. This new incarnation reminds me of another barbadian favorite of mine, the rum sixty six from foursquare. Highly recommended.
Almost a spicy, grainy bourbon like nose. Rich caramel, vanilla, and oak. Comes on and finishes strong. Great on the rocks or with a couple dashes of bitters. Unapologetic and enjoyable.
Welcome the Trudiann Branker with me, Mount Gay’s first female master blender.
What? A woman? Yes a woman, and don't be surpriced, women have an extremely fine sense for the balance of flavors. See my ratings of Unhiq XO and Zacapa XO, these are also creations of women.
I love rum and I love women, more precisely, I love women who make rum.
This XO has still a Mount Gay XO profile, but with some differences. It's also very woody but less spicy. I think the cognack finish was a good decision. It reduced the spice and made the rum more balanced.
It's also 17y old instead of 15y. Consider that, if you think it's just got more expensive.
We just got a better rum. Still 43%, thanks god, she didn't dilute it.
So, what do we have here. Still a woody rum.
The dog that bites you in the nose is still there (did you think he drank all that cognack and went to sleep :). Also the wood is still there, not a surprice. We have also the orange in the background and the barrel. Less spicy nose overall with same aromas.
The taste has seen the biggest change.
The initial taste is less watery, you get immediately the wood and the orange peels. The taste is also less spicy and more balanced. And the rest is the same story of a white oak forest that felt in love with an orange plantation.
I know some rums with similar profiles like Barcelo Onyx or Flor de Cana 18.
The new price of 45€ is appropriat, it's not a bargain like the old XO but a better rum overall.
Smell: oak 4/5 and salt (from molasses), vanilla, caramel, grapes, banana 0.5/5, orange 0.5/5
Taste initial: wood, vanilla, orange
Middle: orange peels, wood, earth/cask, vanilla
Finish: spice, bitterness (orange peels), wet barrel/earth
Aftertaste: very present orange and after 5min peppermint
Value (43€): 3/5
Experience level: amateur to professional (a beginner would not understand it, an expert wouldn't be bored)
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