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The first rum 100% produced at st. Nicholas abbey (10, 12 and 15 year was made at foursquare). It's a cane juice based pot/collum still rum. The color is lightly golden, and almost clear. Beautiful. The first thing that hits my nose is fresh, sweet peaches followed by a bit of vanilla and newly cut hay. There's a very summer like feel to the scent. My mouth is met by a rum that, given it's age, is astonishingly and sublimely smooth and so well balanced. Slightly floral notes of hay, vanilla, peaches and figs unfolds in my mouth and finishes on a gentle wooden note. As with the 15 year big brother, this is an incredibly elegant rum, with delicate frail notes. St. nicholas abbey, more then lives up to the quality of the foursquare benchmark, and i'm really looking forward to seeing where this product lands with further maturation. This is bloody good!
Smooth, sipping rum that finishes like an 8 year old that grew up before its time. Small barrique, single estate, Barbados owned & run, this is the real McCoy of authentic Caribbean Rum.
Nice bottle too. I met the people who make this rum & they are passionate & friendly. Check out St Nicholas Abbey on your next trip to Barbados 🇧🇧
After getting the 2011 12-year old as a gift and picking up the 10-year and 15-year of 2013, I was really looking forward to getting my hands on the Estate-produced St. Nicholas Abbey 5-year. The 5-year, although not a Fourquare-produced rum as the previous aged offerings were, carries the tradition of amazing Abbey rums. This is much more smooth and complex than what would normally be expected from a 5-year rum. It has more earthy tones to it than the older Abbey rums and is less sweet, but it so smooth. No harshness at all. No lingering bite. There is no way I would be using this as a mixer given how difficult it is to get it.
Exceptionally well balanced and the same soft velvety character that was in the nose comes forth here too. It`s rich, warm, welcoming with notes of toffee, vanilla, orange peel and tropical fruit backed up by some spicier woody notes.
Use this as both sipper and mixer.
Gorgeous aroma, not harsh at all and it tastes wonderful. Can’t believe it’s such a young rum.
After enjoying the 10 year I was pleasantly surprised by th 5 year old obviously not a smooth. As this rum is made from the sugar can rather than molasses, you get a much great depth of flavor. So although the young expression, I would keep this for sipping, its robust enough to mix but for me it would beca waste.
I had the pleasure of tasting this rum while on the rum tour at the St. Nicholas Abbey distillery. The golden color didn't quite appeal to me, certainly not as much as a dark rum would, but the bottle was very nice and the overall look was attractive. The flavor though was really very good, and was actually quite a bit better than I expected. It's fairly smooth, and has a complex yet rich collection of flavors that confuse and delight you.
I gave it a weighted score of 7.53, which I rounded up to 8 for rumratings.com. My scoring system (with weights) is as follows:
-Packaging (10%): 8
-Color (20%): 5
-Nose (20%): 8
-Palette (25%): 8.5
-Smoothness (25%): 8
Definitely worth a try! It's a decent sipping rum, and I bet would also be a fantastic mixing rum.
Jeg elsker normalt rom fra Barbados, men denne faldt ikke i min smag
Enjoyed a glass of St. Nicholas Abbey 5y while vacationing in Paris. Okay bottle design, but could be much fancier taken into consideration its price. Color is golden. Strong whisky flavors to both nose and palate. Quite a lot of burn at the end. I like my rums dark and sweet. This is just whisky spoiled rum in my books.
There is little doubt that this five year old rum is top notch,beautiful color, clean and crisp taste with a nice finish. Saint Nicholas Abbey imho is one of The greatest producers of rum on the planet. Because of its youthful five years, it obviously is not quite as refined as its older siblings, thus the 8 rating,( probably an 8.5 ) but this is a rum not to be missed, I encourage everyone to broaden their horizons and incorporate this vintage into their collection! Enjoy!
St Nicholas Abbey is an old sugar plantation house turned into a walk-through museum with a great bistro and a lovely gift shop. Worth a visit, in particular as I doubt you can get the rum anywhere else...
Distilled from raw sugar cane juice, not molasses it has been distilled on-site since they acquired a German pot still in 2008. Previously the distillation took place at Foursquare. Ageing takes place in charred American oak casks, previously used - and aged - at Foursquare.
Priding themselves on local craftsmanship for all their preserves and containers, the gorgeous bottles are sandblasted with a picture of the "abbey" and will be refilled at half-price if you bring them back.
In the glass the colour is golden and the aroma is amazingly complex for something this young.
In the mouth it is exceptionally smooth with a deep aroma of dried fruits and nuts that lingers. There are no overpowering vanilla or esther flavours, which can come with a young rum, this is a mature as many other 12 and 15 year olds.
It still has quite a burn to it, but this complements the full taste rather than oppress it.
An outstandingly good rum. I would give it 10, but then there has to be room for the first batch of true St Nicholas 12 year old in a few years' time.
Sugar 0 - 5 GPL.
Finally got a chance to taste this rum and now I can't wait for a chance to sample the 10, 12, or 15 year old versions. Golden yellow in color with the taste of honey and some vanilla and orange,finishing with a little bit of spice. On the nose it has the aroma of clover blossoms. It's like bees made this rum. Extremely smooth finish with no harsh bite at all. Great rum!
Deze nieuwe Distilleerderij op Barbados komt nu met zijn eerste eigen rum. De vorige versies kwamen van Foursquare en moet ik nog proberen.
Voor zo'n jonge rum is er al aardig wat smaak. Caramel, tropisch fruit, kandij en iets vegetaals (als een agricole).
Lichte alcohol burn. Zacht en ietwat droog. Bevalt prima. Nu is het wachten tot de oudere rums gaan komen.
Hard to believe this rum is only 5 years old. Uncommonly smooth, with a delicate fragrance and a light presence. Because it hasn't been resting in wooden barrels in the hot tropics for very long, the oak tones are slight, making room for fruit and gentle spice. Wonderful stuff here.
St. Nicholas Abbey 5-Year rum review by A Mountain of Crushed Ice