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Alnwick Dark rum is based in Alnwick, Northumberland (UK) and produced by blending aged pot and continuous-still rums from Jamaica & Guyana. First appearing during WWI, the rum was not in production for 20 years prior to being resurected in 2003.
This looks and smells better than it tastes. What a great looking rum in the glass - dark, dusky and tempting - almost seductive. The smell is of a typical dark rum as you'd expect - think Myers, maybe. The first taste is fine - quite dark, molasses, a vague hint of spice (very vague), alcohol, weak stewed fruit, a touch of treacle. So far, so good. It ought to be at least a seven, right? Well, here's the problem - it fades very quickly and has very little complexity. Two minutes after you have drank it there is not much left on the tongue - a watery rumminess, perhaps - a fleeting pleasure but not much satisfaction.
I'm stuck between a 5 and a 6, but I'll be generous and give it a 6 simply because it is a pleasant experience and I'm allowing for the enjoyment of the smell and appearance.
It tastes like rum so that makes it the best the UK has to offer. Fair mixer, not be drunk on it's own.
Alnwick Dark rum has a pretty cheap looking bottle, zero clues how old the rum actually is, but the color is mesmerizing. So dark its almost black. Unfortunately there is strong alcohol to the nose revealing a very young rum indeed. Taste test is like an overnight stale coffee. Luckily no one had dumped a cigarette into the coffee cup.
Sample at taste of northumbria alnwick (pronounced annick id youre ever up that way)
This would be a nice substitution for Coruba or Myers rum in your tiki cocktails. Too many unanswered questions, however, keep this from being a rum to take too seriously. No age statement, no acknowledgment of coloring and spices (although they've surely been added), and no hint of what the "other aged rums" might be that are mentioned on the website. Oh, and no clue what the "secret recipe" is all about, but it gives one pause. The taste is okay, molasses and allspice being predominant. Thin mouthfeel, quick finish of liquorice and tar. Come to think of it, stick with the Coruba.
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