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Recommendable to most
This is a WPM - Worthy Park Medium and is recorded at 209.3 g/HLPA while the 2005 was WP (light). Because of some other reviews, this is not a high ester rum.
A very nice quite intensive and gently nose is greeting me. You wanna stick your nose immediately deeper and deeper in the glas. This is so tasty, caramel, ripe bananas, oranges, grains (barley) and wood. To make the whole aromas stick together there is also some glue :)
Lovely and good nose.
The taste starts with some citrus, not what I expected but let's see further. I try to hold it longer in my mouth to enjoy the complexity and it's no problem. It's spicy and smooth at he same time, I hold it for around two minutes on my palet. The flavors are changing all the time, I have at least two or three rums here, not just one.
After the citrus and salt the fruits are rising on you palet, orange, green banana (not the ripe one).
Then anise seeds are suddenly there (the clarendon/monymusk distillery is comming out of nowhere). In the middle you get some sweeter notes like caramel and also the grains (have someone said Reunion? Oh yes, clearly that) with orange peels. The finish starts spicy with all the aromas we already had bevor and suddenly the christmas time is here with cinnamon stars (what a lovely surprise). And this explosion of aromas is not finished. The aftertaste, peppermint, oranges, anise are reamaining on your palet.
What a complex and great rum. If it were a blind tasting I would gues it's a Clarendon.
Nose: caramel, ripe bananas, oranges, grains (barley) and wood, some glue, dry fruits
Taste: citrus, salt, orange, green banana, plants, anise seeds
Middle: caramel, grains, wood, earth, spice with citrus again, orange peels
Finish: spice, dry mouthfeel, citrus, green banana, caramel, grains, orange, mhhhh -> cinnamon, cinnamon stars (German christmas cookies), orange peels
Aftertaste: peppermint, anise (like clarendon/monymusk), orange
Value (80€): 4.5/5
Experience level: professional
This is NOT an agricole as has been suggested but a Jamaican single pot still rum, pretty high in esters. While this is a great rum, I was unimpressed when compared to i.e. Velier’s Hampden expressions since the price is nearly double that.
Nose of unmistakable Jamaican funk with oak, leather, banana and pineapple.
On the palate it reveals having been through a good aging process, with subtle spice and balanced oak before the funky baseline kicks in with toast, citrus, banana and pineapple. It is a bit subdued though, and slightly disappointing, since little more than discretion seems to come out of the long ageing. An interesting briny, spicy character fails in really coming through.
Aftertaste with leather, fruit and tobacco.
Pleasant and top quality, but there are more bang for the buck elsewhere. It should therefore be noted that price is an important factor in my rating. Obviously this is a way better product than certain rums I have granted 7 or even 8 but factoring the cost it does not deserve top ratings.
Enjoyed a bottle of Forsyths 11y 2006 Edition Habitation Velier with my friend during a vacation. Unique bottle and label design. Light golden color. Traditional grassy Rhum Agricole mixed with plenty of oak to the nose and palate when neat sipped. Long and dry burn at the end. Rhum Agricole lovers can easily add 2 points to my score.
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