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Recommendable to most
40% ABV. Formerly XO. 10-12yo. A little dryer than 5. Not as fruity, nor as smooth (more sugar added to the 5?). Earthy. Some bite despite the low strength.
A perfectly enjoyable sipper, but rather tame and boring.
Leathery paper box in the glass then follow with marmalade and toast, cereal with mixed dried fruits (raisins, banana) and dried coconut.
Spicy, dry ashy wood. Crusty apple pie with pecan and coco powder. Sweet mango flambé with brandy and cinnamon.
Charred dry ashy wood finishing with sweet spices.
Brought a bottle back from Antigua and waited a bit to try it. Wasn’t sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised.
Initially I found the aroma a little weak. The usual demarra, caramel and vanilla essences but just that little bit was lacking. I was however impressed by the taste and texture. Really smooth, almost syrupy in the mouth with a light burn in the nose and warmth on the way down. Surprisingly not that sweet but still has the main vanilla and molasses coming through. However, the taste didn’t linger too long, which was a bit disappointing.
All in all an ok rum that I wouldn’t be unhappy to be given but will not buy again as there are others in the same price range that are better.
It has been a few years since I tried the English Harbour 5y and I remember it to be very harsh. The 10y English Harbour is not harsh at all, but simply super dry. It would easily score 8 if you are a fan boy for dry rums, but I like mine sweet, so it gets a 6.
Quite a smooth Rum this..not too vanillery (if thats a word). Cost from Antigua on holiday was a little on the high side tbh.
I bought a bottle back from Antigua as a souvenir. A little too much alcohol in the nose but a really good sipping rum. I found a little splash of water improved the overall flavour.
Really enjoyed my first taste of this offering from Antigua. From the first look at the classy bottle, a solid proper cork and a wonderful colour, i wasn't disappointed.
Very smooth sipping rum, very little if any burn, and a lasting taste, that somehow reminds me of leather, puts this rum in my " not to be mixed" group.
Mixing this with anything other than ice or a drop of water would be doing the rum a disservice in my opinion.
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