Thanks so much for submitting a report. It has been emailed to the Rum Captain and will be actioned shortly.
Tried out the Old Man Guavaberry 8 year in St Maartin at their distillery and this is not a neat sipper although the local staff tries to convince otherwise. No real difference between the 5 and the 8 year old other than price. Both have a nasty alcohol smell and taste to them and a strong burn. It looks like some other reviewers have confused the 5 and the 8 year old with their base item, which is the Guavaberry drink. Old Man Guavaberry company has assigned the guavaberry name to all bottles regardless if it's done from it, so no wonder the confusion is there.
Great before dinner drink as its a little sweet but not to much and very smooth.
A while back I rated the Old Man Guavaberry Republic 5-Year and gave it an 8. Recently I came across a bottle of the 8-year and purchased it. Once again I admit I STILL have never tasted a guavaberry, STILL never seen a guavaberry and STILL wouldn't know one if someone pelted me with one.
My bottle is labeled bottle No. GH0916.
The aroma in the bottle is quite attractive with a fruity sweetness and no stringency. Quite nice.
A beautiful amber liquid is a little sweeter than I am used to but the guavaberry flavor (I am assuming that is what I am tasting) makes it almost a rum liqueur. This is a noticeable improvement over the 5-year which is a good rum as well. It seems the extra aging brought out the quavaberry characteristics more and smoothed out a lot of the rougher aspects. No harsh burn but the warmth is a bit intense. Nice fruity aftertaste.
This rum is manufactured and bottled by the Sint Maarten Guavaberry Company which happens to produce multiple products (including the rum) all centered about the guavaberry. From what I have read, rum made from guavaberries is the traditional drink for Christmas in Sint Maartin. This rum isn't for everyone due to its unique fruitfulness but I think it would make an excellent desert drink as well as a mixer in rum punches and other fruit-based cocktails. Excellent choice.