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Recommendable to most
Never heard of it never had it before. But when in Georgia let’s give it a go. More of a Whiskey Bourbon style rum with a little funk. I think extra aging would help especially in this price range. At the end of the day glad to have it in my collection.
Very good quality rum and made in the US which was quite a surprise! Usually I go for tradition Latin American rums but this was right up there as a solid competitor
These are single barrel expressions so they'll vary by cask. Ivr had some that I'd rank 8 or 9 and some that are closer to 5.5 or 6.
So this is a VERY different rum. In fact the only thing close to it even slightly is Agricole. And there is some debate whether this rum is in fact an Agricole. Regardless, it is certainly better than the Agricoles I have had, though it is unique in its taste profile.This is extremely oaky and similar to Bourbon in many respects even though it is definitely rum. The current 7.6 rating could be accurate even if it takes a complicated route to get there.
As I understand it Richland basically recreated a colonial era rum distillery in south Georgia where rum was produced in colonial times in America. Richland rum is a single estate rum meaning that the sugar cane, the distilling process, the barreling and aging, and bottling of the rum all occurs on a single plot of land in southern Georgia. Richland by accounts adheres to mostly colonial era standards and thus has no additives or added sugars. It is aged in virgin White Oak casks and that becomes very apparent. Moreover, unlike most rums, Richland uses the colonial era method of making the rum directly from unrefined sugar cane syrup as opposed to molasses or sugar cane juice. The result is unique, at least to my knowledge though closest to Agricole by definition. It is, seemingly, history brought to life in that this rum is probably the closest thing you can find to what buccaneers and pirates drank in the 17th and 18th centuries.
As far as the taste goes here is what I found:
The nose is caramel, vanilla, lemons, and oak. First taste is straight lemon-drops with sour candy notes. Mid palate is almost overpowering intense oak with just a hint of vanilla. Aftertaste is almonds, caramel, grassy notes and a very pleasant warmth. This is clearly a rum but with a lot of bourbon undertones. I dislike the intensity of the oak and harshness in bourbons. This rum is exceedingly smooth with no harshness or burn, though it does have very intense oak notes. In some respects it has a lot of the attributes of the Agricoles (citrus and almond notes) but I can also very much understand the whiskey comparisons given the amount of oak notes. At any rate, it is certainly much smoother than most whiskies on my palate. It reminds me of a perfect marriage between an Agricole and a Bourbon but without the harshness of either of those spirits. It is certainly more enjoyable than either. It is a decent enough sipping rum if you want a change of pace close to a bourbon experience but still want rum.
Overall this is a unique experience. Given the flavor profile: its intense oak, lemon, and grassy notes, I shouldn't like this rum...yet I do. It presents a change of pace. It contains all the attributes that I enjoy of French style rums and all the notes I enjoy in a bourbon but with none of the harshness.
In total it is like sipping an exceedingly smooth cross between an Agricole rum and a Bourbon.
It is probably not a rum that I will turn to often, but one that will definitely remain in my cabinet when I want something different. You could absolutely substitute it for bourbon drinks and it is what I offer my friends who are bourbon drinkers. Thus far they have loved it. Yet it is also unmistakably rum.
I want to rate this an 8 but it is too expensive and the white oak is just slightly too intense for my personal taste (even if it is exceptionally smooth).
*Update* This rum makes an absolutely unbelievable Old Fashioned. In fact it was better in an Old Fashioned than a high quality Bourbon I had bought for that very purpose. I have heard that more recent bottles have more traditional bajan style Rum characteristics so I look forward to getting a bottle from a later barrel number
I was out in the wilds of south west Georgia and ran across a sign saying rum distillery tours with an arrow pointing to the little town called Richland Georgia. I had to stop. Their web site said tours every half hour. But the front door was locked and I was about the only car on the street. Well there was a guy in the back who opened the door and asked if I was there for the tour. Yes I am. Turns out he was the master distiller and chief bottler. I got a great little tour and the aroma from the aging barrel house were out of this world. My son got me a bottle of the top Bacardi rum which was the the price and half the taste. The use their own farmed sugar cane and its produced from 2 copper stills. You will thank yourself for getting this rum. Very smooth, excellent sipping neat or over over an ice ball
I don’t quite get the agricole flavor, which I am not usually fond of; but note that others appreciated it in their reviews. Straight I get a little sweetness as I start, but then the afterburn removes it. Not as interesting mixed. Between a 5.5 and 6 on my scale. I'll keep trying agricole's and see if my appreciation changes.
Enjoyed a bottle of Richland Rum while vacationing in Las Vegas. Pretty nice bottle and label design. Light golden color. Plenty of oak and a hint of vanilla to the nose and palate mixed with grass and floral notes. Quite a kick at the end. Whisky lovers can easily add 2 points to my score.
Came across this while in Atlanta, had never heard of a GA rum so bought a bottle. Surprised by the results as I was expecting something quite rough. It *is* initially a little harsh with quite a slow lingering burn but it mellows out. Very Woody and not too sweet, I'm terrible at describing these things but I quite like it! It's not going to replace my El Dorado or Bundaberg Solera but I prefer it to some of my other bottles.
This rum is a keeper. Smoke and spice on the nose, a beautiful amber in the glass, the taste begins with oak and tobacco and has a long lingering, sweet finish reminiscent of cane juice. I can’t bear to drink it any other way than neat. My favorite American rum right now.
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