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Now this is some good stuff
South Pacific Distillery 2001
The Rum Cask
Aged 15 Years
Pot Still Rum
Country of origin: Fiji
Intensive and bold, exotic with a sweet fruitiness.
Pears, overripe bananas and plum juice.
Quite a lot of olive oil with a whiff of caramel and smoke in the background.
Complex and tasty!
Powerful and bold, fruity, complex and very spicy.
Spices include pepper and aniseed. Then there is smoked beer, olive oil and varnish.
I must admit that I find the taste to be slightly unpleasant.
Long and dry with herbal and black tea aromas.
Very interesting and complex rum. Unfortunately I find the taste to slightly unpleasant, otherwise I would have rated it even higher.
Got a second version 19y 2001 - 2020
Oh yes, the nose suggests a typical Fiji rum like you will love it.
Plastic in the air and vegetables (pickled tomatoes, very dominant). There is also some wild leather in the nose, which I enjoy very much. Pickled tomatoes are not that rotten like in younger releases (I like it). The taste became mild in this additional year (it losts almost 1%). If you love Fiji rum, you must buy it, my recommendation for Fiji rum lovers. This is the best Fiji rum I've had so far.
Nose: vegetables (pickled tomatoes) ***, plastic ***, salt **, some bacon *, some citrus *, white oak/earth **, gum * and wild leather *, pepper
Taste initial: great start, pepper, plastic, pickled tomatoes, salt, some light caramel (there is just a very light sweetness)
Middle: light caramel, plants, pepper, pickled tomatoes, plastic
Finish (long and mild, wow): pepper, plants and vegetables again, oak, some earth and slightly caramel, just keep it in your mouth, the interplay of flavors will last forever
Aftertaste: firmint, pepper with slightly vegetables and plastic (love it)
The aftertaste is still there after you drunk another rum, it lasts for 1h or longer.
For Fiji rum lovers it's clearly a 10. The 19y is a damn good Fiji rum. It's mildness is great and very enjoyable. 92 points, one of my top three rums.
Vegetables :) 3/5
Value (65€): 5/5
Experience level: professional
Old version: 18y 2001 - 2019
It tastes like a typical and natural Fiji rum. I can smell the tomatoes a typical fiji note for me.
It's complex with typical aromas. The tannins are present, it's definitely old.
Nose: citrus, fermented vegetables (tomatoes), plastic, salt, some bacon, white oak/vanilla, gum
Taste: plastic, medicine, fruits (canned vegetables),
Middle: salted fruits, bitterness (tanins), white oak
Finish: spice, citrus with salt and tanins, white oak
Nice aftertaste with salted fruits and tanins, peppermint
Value (49€): 4/5
Got a new bottle (65€ but 18y): 4/5
The bad news is you can't find it anymore.
There are some similitudes to some jamaican rums = "dirty", plastic, olive, briny, say "heavy" ... but it is still a bit different, this is not a jamaican copying. More complex and changing I would say. A very good surprise to me.
Caution - forget it if you are into sweetened rons, this is something completely different.
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