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Recommendable to most
Rich notes of cinnamon, cassis and cherries greet the taster in this magnificent tipple. It is higher proof so I highly recommend letting it breathe for at least 9 minutes (1 minute for every year in the cask is my go to ratio). Rum novices will probably be turned off by the initial harshness but after building your taste buds, this is truly something to cherish.
This is a high end rum. To properly rate this rum you need experience, knowledge of rum tasting, developed taste buds and the ability to enjoy high proof spirits. Otherwise you are wasting your money and this lovely rum.
I already had a bunch of MG rums. Let's see what Velier delivers and is it worth the extra money. Therefore I will compare it directly with MG XO triple cask. I know, it's David vs Goliath but lets see. Velier costs 80€ but MG is 7 years older.
This rum needs at least 30min in the glas to open up, better to give him 45-60min.
Velier: Gently nose, flowers, grains, caramel, orange and dry fruits. This is another kind of MG, great.
There are some simmilarities with MG XO triple cask, the nose is not that earthy and sweeter, much more complex and more balanced. MG XO is a little bit straight forward, there are some of the Ward aromas but unbalanced, herbs and vanilla is covered by wood and orange, it's also less sweet in the nose. I prefer the Ward, it's much better.
Ward: Let's take a sip without judgement. Salt, caramel, grains, wood wohoho. This is a very complex one. Then orange peels, molasses and anise with mint. What a great blend, holy Moly.
My mouth is full of mint and leather, some flowers are also still there. This is an exceptional rum.
MG XO, almost watery taste in comparison to Ward, but initial taste is with burned sugar, oak, orange peels. This is not as complex and rich as Ward. Ward is clearly the winner.
Ward tastes different with every sip :) On one sip I think of a Caroni, on another of Clarendon, there is so much going on in this rum. It's very complex, I see this Ward on the same level as Caroni.
Many reviewers mentioned cherries. I can't smell or taste any cherries at all.
Nose: wood varnish**, wood **, caramel**, dry fruits**, herbs*, orange*, flowers **, grains**, vanilla, earth
Taste: wood varnish, salt, caramel, grains, wood and tanins
Middle: anise, molasses, mint, dry orange peels, wood and tanins
Finish: spice, oak (tanins), earth, salt, wild leather and mint
Aftertaste: orange peels, oak, leather, oranges, peppermint, anise seeds
Value (80€): 5/5
Experience level: expert
From Mt. Gay distillery and named after Frank Ward the last owner before being sold to giant Remy Cointreau. 100% pot still , single blend rum bottled at an impressive 59%..
On the nose , cherries , lots of cherries.. oak , slight citrus note and spice. Tastes dry with predominantly cherry flavour which im not a fan of... bit of a burn but a nice warm mouth feel. Good exit , lasts a long time but does dry your mouth out unfortunately. Added a couple of drops of water which made it taste more like whisky..
Sorry but I just cant get past the cherries..
Enjoyed two glasses of Habitation Velier Last Ward 2009 Rum while in San Francisco. High end bottle and label design. Golden color. Cherries and oak to your nose and palate. Surprisingly strong burn at the end being such a dry rum. Unique for sure. Not my cup of tea.
Distilled 2009, bottled in 2018. 59% ABV, straight from the cask. Barbados single rum.
n: so delicate compared to the Caroni alongside it. Cherry wine. Explodes onto the palate with cherry, apple cider, passion fruit. Not being a fan of cherry, I like it but I don't love it. Still, it is impressive.
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