Thanks so much for submitting a report. It has been emailed to the Rum Captain and will be actioned shortly.
46.05% ABV. Aged Jamaican rum finished in "red wine" barrels in Berkeley, CA. My sources say 100% column still. Rather light in color. Delicate nose. And pretty off-putting. Burning tires? No, just foul rubber and varnish. It's like if you're on a road trip in a rental car that used too much cleaner, that breaks down in the middle of the desert so the AC breaks and the seat polish starts to see competition from coolant on the hot asphalt. That smell. Never had that in a Jamaican before. Enters smooth; a little oily. Kinda burns toward the back of the palate. Mmmmm, bike chain! Someone re-label a Caroni that wasn't up to snuff? Catches in the throat on the way down. The medium finish is too long.
What the heck happened here? Did they buy bad juice because it was all they could afford? Did something go wrong in transit? Did they spoil it somehow or were the barrels compromised (is that even a thing)? Who knows. In any case, this is not a rum to be proud of (and there's no mention of it on their website if that's any indication), and Mosswood joins St. George in their Bay Area "craft" rum mis-fires. Literally every person I've asked about what they thought of it takes a breath, shifts uncomfortably, and provides some couched response before admitting they thought it was terrible. This might play well in cocktails (really), where you could try to hide or play off its shortcomings in some weird way, but on its own merits it falls far short. It won't kill you, and it's not spit-it-out bad, but it's not recommended.
PS. Bottle states "Established 2013 ... on an island in San Francisco" (that could be either Treasure or Yerba Buena Island) as well as "Berkeley, CA"... which is not SF, and has no islands. This seeming contradiction has not gone unnoticed.