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Recommendable to most
What can I say about this that hasn't already been said, other than this is a GREAT rum to introduce to your friends (cautiously!) to show them the outer limits of rum. Have them try this and an unaged rum agricole and notice how surprised they are that there's a whole galaxy out there of different flavors under the umbrella of "rum"...
To us, this is so full of banana that's so overripe it's ALMOST gone bad, campfire smoke, all KINDS of tropical fruit and wood... it's a must have in a mai tai and many other drinks... always worth keeping around.
The label mentions the fruity esters that a traditional pot still distills over into the liquor, but I also got some ketones, that rattled my “warning” circuits. I’m still new to this dizzying array of rums my friend and I have been collecting and sampling, so I’m sure if those flashes of acetone are what I want in a rum. Probably not in a sipping rum, but this might be a great mixing rum in a fruit forward tiki drink. Price was not bad at $25 for a fifth. I’ll have to try it in a drink or two and reevaluate...
Several months and many rum tastes later...
While I still would not consider this a sipping rum, it is a fantastic mixing rum for combining with other rums to make your "signature blend" to use in a favorite drink. Added to Coruba Dark and a bit of Rum Fire White Overproof rum and it is quickly becoming my go-to Man-Tai Rum blend.
Getting more appreciation for the HoGo taste in many of the Jamaican pot still rums that distill to include these mysterious esters, especially the way they can work with other cocktail mixers to heighten a drink from just okay to "Yes, I'll have another!" level!
Very different from my bottle of Hamilton Jamaican Black Pot Still... but surprisingly similar to my Hamilton St Lucian 7 year. It’s funk isn’t the dark rotting fruit gaminess of a dark Jamaican but a funk of a lighter variety. It's incredibly estery and I find it a bit overwhelming on its own and it easily dominates the flavor of a drink. Worth it if you love funk, but otherwise I would recommend other Jamaicans that are less overwhelming.
Edit: I regret having finished and not replenished this bottle. It’s funk is alluring and unforgettable.
I would not sip this as the bite is too much for me and the funk not my cup of rum. A bit sweet with lots of different flavors appearing at different point this is a good mixer. It does grow on you as you sit back with it but it is still a bit funky for me even mixed. I did not blend it in any tiki or traditional drink but believe you will have to be careful in your choices. Would drink it again for a change but not for my bar as a stocking rum.
A 4.5 on my scale. A very strong smell of molasses when opened. Flavor strong when straight. Mixed is like coke and molasses. Not great, but not as bad as it sounds.
This Detroit produced rum is made from several Jamaican rums. The label states it is distilled in St. Catherine, Which suggest it is distilled in the Monymusk or Worthy Park distilleries. It is pot stilled and aged in oak for six years before being shipped to Detroit and placed into Moscatel sherry cask. The color is very light. Thge nose is everything you would expect from a Jamaican pot still rum. It has that distinct funkiness of burnt plastic, banana, mango and spice. Its fragrant and refreshing. This is a 100 proof rum, and you can taste that initial alcohol burn that obscure some of the lovely flavors that reach you after the burn has passed. If you are not accustomed to the Jamaican funk you may be turn off a bit at first, but then keep reaching for the glass to renew the experience. A splash of water help to soften the initial burn, but not to much, less you drown out that unique flavor.
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