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Recommendable to most
A very interesting rum. It's made from sugar cane syrup (not molasses, nor fresh-pressed cane juice, so I do not believe it is technically an "agricole"), distilled in Georgia, and bottled at 43% (sensible for its youth). My bottle was #132 from barrel #24.
On the nose, there is just a hint of vanilla and clove, and wood. LOTS of wood/oak. Fortunately, there's no ethanol kick whatsoever, despite only ~3 years of aging. In the mouth, the alcohol hits hard—best to let it breathe a bit. There is moderate astringency, and a pleasantly spicy (if short) finish.
On the whole, it is extremely dry, and very well-oaked—like a bourbon or whiskey, as other reviewers have pointed out (slightly sweeter that most whiskeys, but no where near as sweet as your typical rum). The new-oak barrel-aging really shines! I really enjoy this one, and I think it's one of those rums that has the power to bring rum and whiskey drinkers together.
I actually tried it side-by-side with a similarly-aged Bourbon. The Bourbon was actually sweeter, with notes of caramel apple and even bubblegum accompanying the powerful wood and leather aromas. Better for winter, I thought. The Richland Rum was far more approachable, with a cleaner, dryer, and more straightforward flavor profile. Both were good.
A few more years in the barrel would help round it out a bit more, and almost certainly make this a 9. I'd like to see this distillery expand its rum production and offer a 6–8 year bottle for $50 or so, and see this drop to the $30–35 range. Still, at around $40, it's a real nice treat.
Delicious neat, in an Old Fashioned, or a fancy 'Ti Punch. Grab a bottle if you can find it.
One complaint about the bottle: the shoulders are so sharp and level, it's a challenge trying to pour out the last drops! Otherwise a fine presentation, topped with a cork stopper.
UPDATE 1/2018 - I had the opportunity again to try this rum, but this time it was barrel 152 rather than 24. My, how things have changed! They took everything that was good about the earlier batch and made it better. It's less "crazy oaky," far more balanced, with a richer flavor profile. I should say insanely well-balanced. It's one of those rums that has something for everyone, and is deficient in nothing. Where the early bottle showed promise, and the newer one delivered in spades. Kudos to Richland Rum for acting as a beacon—an exemplar—for the American craft rum industry. The distilling prowess demonstrated here is nearly up there with Privateer. 8++ :)
One off the best I've tasted in the past 2 years, a little bit of toughness in the first second, then it simply opens, with a long aftertaste. Nice ´to have it on the marked in Denmark.
This is a good rum, with a fair amount of bourbon flavor.
Taste to me is a more sugar cane (agricole) than a molasses. Has a fair amount of bourbon; maybe a tad much.
Smells and tastes of bourbon, sugar cane, caramel, oak, and spice.
A nice American rum!
Two ingredients. Distilled water from their onsite aquifer, and sugar cane. A polar opposite of what defines most rum (often mixed and aged with other rums), this bottle is unique. The flavors are simple, you get oak & caramel. That's it really. It is fairly harsh, but as you let it mellow out, it opens up nicely and smooths out a bit. Still leaves a warm finish in the throat like a quality scotch.
I wouldn't dare mix this. At nearly $50 a bottle, it's meant to be savored.
I was able to visit the Richland distillery while in GA. Seems to be a mom and pop run operation. The facility is very nice and was filled with the sweet smell of cane syrup. The sample that was given had a great aroma with no harsh alcohol scent. The taste was very clean with an initial caramel flavor that was followed by an agricole characteristic of vegetable and grass. The finish wasn't long but it went down very smooth. I was able to taste the barrel proof liquid straight from the copper still, which was surprisingly smooth at close to 120 proof. Very flavorful with a nice balance of dry and sweetness. An overall good rum but not the agricole that will have me moving away from typical molasses based rums.
de color dorado,olor a caramelo,mantequilla,y un suabe olor a madera ahumada.en el paladar esta la diferencia de mis otros rones,a miel,vainilla no se como describirlo,diferente agradable con un final percistente en garganta,muy bien equilibrado
I saw this rum on TV and the fact that it is made here in Georgia. Iwas taken back by the price! I made the purchase and went home for a sip. It hit me more like sipping whiskey than rum. At $48.00 a fifth, I don't plan to mix it. It is a high quality product that is worth saving for a special evening.
I did not know there was a rum produced in the state of Georgia. Even though I live in Florida less than 20 miles from the FL/GA border I had not heard nor seen Richland Rum. I ran across it on a trip to nearby Thomasville and decided to purchase a bottle to try.
First thing I noticed was the aroma. Frankly, I suck at trying to describe how something smells when it is complex like a well-made rum. This is one of those rums. The aroma is very pleasant and I swear it seems I detect a little whiff of cinnamon (as in cinnamon toast) in there. I'm probably wrong but the bottom line is that it has a very good odor.
On initial taste I detect a buttery sweetness combined with distinct oak. Not a major burn but a nice warmth that lasts rather long. The finish goes back to the mild sweetness with vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch characteristics.
Overall, a darned good rum. Versatile as well. Makes for a wonderful sipping rum and works awfully well in Coke Zero. BTW, according to the tag attached to the bottle, I purchased rum from barrel no. 46, bottle no. 353.
En skarp og sprittet rom med noter af røg og eg.
Det er sjovt at se hvor forskellig vi er i hvad vi kan lide ved en rom, der er andre her på siden der har givet den 10.
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