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Tasty, but not quite great
This is a small-batch hand-crafted rum from Sheffield, Massachusetts from Berkshire Mountain Distillers. Although it has been aged for an indeterminate amount of time the color is rather a light amber and the flavor rather favorable. The aroma is not all that great but fortunately not of an objectionable nature. Definitely has an oakiness about it in regards to flavor. According to their website they age their overproof rum in oak barrels before blending it with water thereby diluting it and eventually reducing the ABV to the typical 40% (80 proof). It does have a little sweetness to it but I wonder how it would be if they left it as an overproof or perhaps taken it to 90 or 100 proof. It just seems the flavors would pop more at a higher proof. Don't misunderstand, this is a rather good rum. Just that in my humble opinion this could be so much better.
Rum tasting in New York City continued with Ragged Mountain Rum. Unique bottle design with a bright red label. Super light golden color. Plenty of oak mixed with butterscotch and toffee to your nose and palate when neat sipped. Strong and sweet burn at the end. Whisky fan boys can add 2 points to my score.
Molasses based rum from Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Hand crafted in small batches using the pot still and aged in ex bourbon casks, this rum is a nice rum for the money.
Fruity, spicy with butterscotch, toffee, dried fruit, nuts and hint of vanilla. Makes wonderful cocktails but can be sipped neat as well with some burn.
Pot-still fermented, but no trace of funk. The nose is a blend of typical rum aromas, as well as tequila. The tequila notes fade after a while, and is replaced with oak and sugar.
The flavor reminds me of Irish whiskey, which I believe is also mostly pot-distilled. The sweetness and smoothness are reminiscent of cognac.
The entire package, however, is rather weak. At 40% ABV, it's highly drinkable, but seems over-diluted; lackluster. I would encourage Ragged Mountain to take it up a few notches, even up to 50%. I think that would do wonders in bringing out the interesting flavors somewhat hidden in this bottle.
This bottle sits on the shelf of this bar I know, nagging at me, three quarters empty... it smells OK but I'm not about to spend 7 bucks to try a sip, sorry. It seems a little too bland to lure me to attention.
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