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50% ABV (I think, unless it was By the Dutch that I tried...). Nose: smokey, sweet, bacon-y. A bit of a round, creamed corn note. Palate: very smooth and oily. Still sweet and smokey.
So, yeah... suuuuuuper weird. Wouldn't be my first pick for sipping, but extra points for being interesting, and probably makes a fun mixer. Oh man, the Bloody Marys you could make with this stuff! Not to mention the punches. I must make a batch of 'Rack Punch someday soon! (Everyone reading this, check out David Wondrich's 'Punch! The Delights and Dangers of the Flowing Bowl'. You're welcome.)
This is a very interesting spirit... fermented from red-rice and molasses, and distilled three times is chinese-style pot stills. It has crazy flavors and aromas, which suit a style of rum that was invented for classic punches, like Jerry Thomas' Regent's Punch (which aren't really in style anymore). I love it.
Quite clear, maybe very slight opaque tint. It has an herbal scent that reminds me of some French-style rhums and mezcals (think grassy, mineral, wet leaves...). The mouthfeel is wonderful - velvety, clinging, and with the illusion of sweetness (no sugar added, to my knowledge). Again, grassy and thick on the palate, with nuances of toasted sugar. An earthiness lingers long and delicately on the finish.
I combine this with Jamaican rums in drinks, such as the Maita'i, Junglebird, or Painkiller. I've been itching to make a punch, and can't wait to see the results using this very peculiar rum... I'm always thankful for unusual spirits like this (I found this bottle in the "liqueurs" section at Binny's, as it seems they didn't know what it was).