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Recommendable to most
I tried this with the Real McCoy 12-Year, and the Real McCoy Limited Edition 12-Year (a 46% version of the regular 12-year). I like both of the 12-Years better.
It's interesting to me because I'm not a huge fan of bourbon aging, but after a few comparisons of bourbon aging vs virgin cask aging (such as with the Mount Gay Origin Series), I think I prefer bourbon aging to virgin cask aging.
Smells and tastes of oak, caramel, spice, and vanilla. Nicely smooth, and dry/semi-sweet. My favorite Real McCoy is the regular (40%) 12-Year.
The offerings from The Real McCoy are generally quite good and this one is no exception. Sweet, peppery and decent burn, but a bit one dimensional. Still, it’s a good supper, and that says a lot.
Of course it would be great in a cocktail as well, and the higher ABV makes up for the lack of flavor notes beyond a basic aged rum.
It’s quite good.
....which I do, then this will appeal.
I've got most of the Foursquare bottlings, and I thought that the closest to this would be the R.L Seale 10yo, as both the same age and same 46% ABV
Now I like the R.L. Seale for its purity, but comparing the two, the Real McCoy 10yo has a softer, richer nose and longer palate. There is a lot more oak both on the nose and body. By comparison the RL Seale has a harshness to it . The McCoy is a nicer rum, but......it is 89% more expensive (from the importer) than the RL Seale, and I don't think that difference is justifiable. I know that virgin casks are more expensive etc, but still.
I guess I don't really understand the Real McCoy in that I think Richard Seale makes beautiful rums as it is. It seems (and I might be wrong) that you're just paying the Real McCoy's mark-up on top of Foursquare's mark-up thus making it much more expensive from the great rums available from Doorly's/Foursquare, which you'd do just as well buying. In fact this 10yo is 20% more expensive than the Doorly's 14yo!!
I thought that I should try the various Real McCoy bottlings given that you hear good things, but I won't be buying again because they are very over priced. I'll stick with Doorly's and Foursquare OBs. To be honest, the rum is an 8, but the price/value is poor.
On the nose: caramel, caramelized tropical fruits (papaya, pineapple), baked bananas, some rubber/shoe polish, oak, spices (cinnamon), sweetness, mango, strong and full.
On the palate: tropical fruits, spices, sugar cane, oak, slightly tingling, sweetness, a little caramel.
In the finish: spices, subtle sweetness, slightly caramelized tropical fruits, subtle dark chocolate, slight bitterness.
In der Nase: Karamell, karamellisierte tropische Früchte (Papaya, Ananas), gebackene Bananen, etwas Gummi / Schuhpolitur, Eiche, Gewürze (Zimt), Süße, Mango, kräftig und voll.
Am Gaumen: tropische Früchte, Gewürze, Zuckerrohr, Eiche, leicht prickelnd, Süße, etwas Karamell.
Im Abgang: Gewürze, dezente Süße, etwas karamellisierte tropische Früchte, dezent dunkle Schokolade, leichte Bitterkeit.
I think this may be a bit sweeter than the 14yr. Not by much just slightly. It is slightly lighter in amber hue compared with the 14yr. I picked this one up for about $65 which was about $50 less than the 14yr. I definitely recommend. The taste of the 10yr is slightly hot which dissipates shortly after the initial taste. I get a slight oak flavor. Definitely not heavy on a whiskey flavor. The 14yr is slightly more bourbon/ whiskey notes. I would purchase again.
(Please forgive me if I've gotten the name wrong; I tried it on it's first day of availability and did not get a chance to see the bottle.)
46% ABV. Sweet nose. Dry. Lots of oak! Long finish.
Great rum. Always a pleasure to try one aged in new oak. Not necessarily my favorite, but very interesting, with easy comparisons to whiskey. A great rum for whiskey drinkers.
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