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Recommendable to most
Sipping, just great with a lot of pineapple and bananas on the nose, along with burnt caramel. Then on the palate, bananas, funk, anise, and some cedar or pencil shavings. A bit hot at first, but, really lovely to hang out with for a while.
I got the opportunity to attend a rum tasting with Daniele Biondi from Velier were we tasted 9 different rums. This was the first rum of the night, which we tasted both on its own, but also in a daiquiri. If you need the perfect rum for the latter, then look no further. This rum is a blend of rums from Hampden in Jamaica and Foursquare in Barbados.
Nose: Natural smell of sugarcanes, lime and a grassy backbone
Taste: A very vibrant taste of molasses, banana, lime, grass and a small hint of spice
Overall: I was very surprised by the richness of this white-ish rum. It is already great as a sipper, but it truly comes to shine in a daiquiri. If you like your basic rum cocktails to actually taste like rum (and why wouldn´t you), then this is the rum for you.
A combination of high-ester Jamaican rum with milder foursquare column-distilled rums, this rum provides a very nice nose with fruity touches that remind you of a nice wine. You need to feel the aroma for a while before the Jamaican funk comes to the front. Then come some wood at the end.
On the palate the story is very different: it burns like you would expect from an un-dossed, non-aged rum and it leaves a dry, slightly bitter aftertaste.
It was conceived as a mixer, with a price/image/quality to match, so I would say that seeing it under this concept (instead of comparing it to other more premium rums) the product is outstanding. 9/10
When Vellier, Hampden & Foursquare collaborate to bring you a new blend of white rum you can bet ya it will be setting a new benchmark.
Veritas, or in the US named Probitas, is a blend of white rums of the Foursquare Distillery, Barbados, and Hampden, Jamaica. It’s a blend of three rums in all. Containing un-aged pot from Hampden. Un-aged from Foursquare’s twin column Coffey still and Foursquare’s aged pot still (2 years). There is no info on how much of each is in the blend however Mr. Seale in his usual cryptic way did disclose that there is “a lot of the un-aged and a little of the aged” in the blend.
Bottled at 47% it has a very light straw appearance. Aromas of light vegetal, citrus, sweet cane, pastry, exotic fruits. I love the aroma and can’t help myself to have a sniff every time I pass this bottle. You can easily drink this neat but it really is made for cocktails.
This is not a Jamaican funk high ester bomb. The notes are more subtle and in harmony with each other. Suggest you use this in classic spirit forward drinks. This makes an amazing Daiquiri.
My new favourite cocktail ingredient
Really great tasting "almost white" rum, or used as a base for cocktails, works both ways. Reminds me of the Plantation 3 stars but it is undeniably better, with more funk and more flavors wrapped around that "creamy exotic glue" feeling. And the old school chartreuse-like bottle is superb.
A rum made for cocktails. It has a nice aroma of banana, vanilla, and a little bit ketchup(?), flavor of roasted nuts and butter, with a strong finish.
The aroma is fruity and sweet, light sharp, reminds me of an Whisky. The taste is also fruity and sweet, light alcoholic burn, slightly wooden (reminds me again of an Whisky). A very good Rum for the money!
Popped the cork, and straight away - wow, that's what I've been looking for. Bit of funk, and complexity that straight away got me excited to try new rums, particularly the Foursquare and Hampdens that this us made of.
And for all of that, I will be eternally thankful for.
But now, finishing off the bottle, and having tasted Foursquare and Hampden, and clairins too - it makes for a tasty mojito, but back to back, Rum Fire is an 8, Diplomatico Planas is a 7, so this can't be higher than a 6
Hey, it's tasty, and dry, and there's a richness in there too. It's well balanced, and I can't believe anyone would be disappointed, but..... there's just tastier options out there.
Just a thought - shouldn't Veritas and Probitas be merged - after all, it's the same rum, just a different name.
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