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Truly a fantastic choice
Bristol 98 with barrel number 2186. Could be a good caroni as the higher barrel numbers often contain better caronis.
Smell: Dirty, medicinal, sweet and also leathery. There is rubber, tar, but also a lot of dried fruit. A very nice combination. It's one of the dirtier Caronis that is also a bit aggressive. A bit of bourbon wood and wood varnish can also be smelled deeper in the glass. Slightly vanilla behind the many dirty notes. Wonderful nose for me, the only question now is whether the taste doesn't seem too overaged. A 98 with a lot of wood influence could have drawn too many tannins.
Taste: Medical start, a bit too bitter with tannins and a bit sweet with dried fruits. The leather increases in intensity, the sweetness increases parallel to the sharpness. The dried fruits also become more intense. As so often, the bourbon wood brings the sharpness to the front and the vanilla from the wood becomes noticeable. It gets quite hot and medicinal, very dirty in the background all the time (there is the rubber, or rubber with tannins, which I would describe as burnt rubber).
The finish is sharp and long, but tasty with leather, dried fruit, tannins and rubber.
Aftertaste: dried fruit, leather, rubber, tea, a few minutes later -> mint, wood + vanilla
Conclusion: I would say a very good barrel. Very dirty, but also fruity. Appears slightly overaged on the palate at the beginning. But that improves during the tasting. I also have to say that the bottle was freshly opened (that will improve in some weeks). The rum is a pleasure for hard rum pirates, beginners are easily overwhelmed by this rum.
Overall rating: 89 points
Fruit: 2.5 / 5
PL 217 €: 4/5
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