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Recommendable to most
I was hesitant to buy this rum at $55 but the review from Inu A Kena convinced me to do so. I purchased this along with the Brugal 1888. A perfect pairing to display the wide variety of rum. Where the Brugal 1888 is refined the Mezan Jam is wild. If rum was James Bonds drink he would surely prefer the 1888.
So whats so sad about this rum? It's a vintage and therefore limited in supply, hopefully subsequent batches continue with what I hope becomes a trend of excellence.
Just how funky can you go? There is plenty of dunder and esters going on but not even close to the funkiest funk of Smith and Cross. But I'd say if your of discernible palate and prefer sipping rums neat rather than mixing than this is a perfect example of Jamaican Wedderburn rum.
There is a lot to get into on the nose and tongue and the kicker is it's unadulterated. No fancy smoke and mirrors playing tricks on you leaving you to wonder just how much of this or that was added.
At the conclusion of the Inu A Kena review Josh laments of the pedestrian ABV. I agree. As good as this offering is I can't help but wonder what it would or could be if the heat were turned up a notch. Non the less I would without question buy this again and look forward to other Mezan offerings.
Resplendent with the aromas of tropical fruit, filled with the flavors of fresh peach pie, green peppers and baking spices. Wow. Smooth, very tasty, close to perfection. Alas, the finish disappears a bit too quickly. Still, it's a solid choice.
Typical aromas from Long Pond (olive brine, slightly acid fruity ester, tar...) but at only 40% it cools the things down. A bit disapointing at first if you are into cask-strengh high ester Jamaicans, but on the other side it reveals all the aromas a more subtle way and it is interesting. All in all I appreciated this one very very much. Very well balanced, a good way do discover Jamaican rums. I still think it could have been a killer at, say, 43-45% abv.
Grassy, spicy, Jamaican rum. Smoother than some comparable rums, but less complex. Relatively easy to sip on, but not inspiring. Maybe worth a try, but I wouldn’t buy a bottle
Quite a mild, earthy scent. A definite hogo, but all very well behaved. This struck me as very odd, coming from a distillery like longpond... must have been a more mild pot distillate. After the first sip, there is a mild punch of spicy hogo, though everything is rather delicate, and quite oily. There is a level of mild charm to this rum, and you really have to sip slowly to detect the fruity and nutty notes.
I was originally disappointed with this rum, but it has grown on me. The oiliness is really something to be savored, even though in terms of esters, this is nowhere near some of the big blockbuster Jamaicans. I would have loved if this was a bit higher in proof... for $65, I still feel I spent more than I should have.
Mezan Jamaica Long Pond 2000 bottling is the last drink for tonight. Bottle looks decent, pretty basic label, very light and pale color, strong banana and glue smell and taste. Very offputting combination in my books.
Very lightly cokoured with an interesting nose, a little woody with a touch of varnish. First tastes rather puts me down, too sweet like fake/cheap candy with a long oily aftertaste resembling oliveoil like some others earlier mentioned.
Not what i expected and not in the for me preferred pallet.
Still it was an interesting experience.
Yes, this one is rum. In local shop was a sale and I was wondering which of MEZAN rums I am going to buy. Finally I chose Jamaica 2000 according to reviews I read. After I opened the bottle I was really surprised. The aroma was kind different - no heavy flavors - it smelled more like whisky. After my first taste came the full spectrum of flavors. Wow. What the ... is this. Rum, whisky? No alcohol feeling, pure smoothness. I am writing this after one shot and my tongue is waiting for another round. Lets go. Maybe I am just so excited but actually, this is my top rated rum and I think it will stay for a while.
Mezan Jamaica 2000 starts off with a slightly peppery nose, and light funk (compared to some others). There's a trace of spearmint. The flavor is neither dry not sweet (though in rum terms and for many here perhaps it's squarely "dry"). There's a good amount of oak, with subtle menthol on the finish. I really, really, enjoy this rum.
Yes, I do think it's a shame that is was bottled at 40% abv, but not a huge one. I think 45% would have been just fine, and even at 80 proof it's still an excellent rum—one I wouldn't mind adding to my REAL shelf :).
8+; a little stronger, and easily a 9!
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