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Recommendable to most
It's hard to get good, ester filled rum from Fiji and this is an excellent example. Oak is present but not dominating, glue, esters, maple, chocolate. Its a great blend between the sweeter notes and the Ester funk
Nose : heavy, "dirty" (remember the glue for children ? with typical benzaldéhyde "almonds" flavour ahah), slighthy acid fruits and zesty. Somewhat reminiscent of big jamaican rums but not a copycat, these Fiji rums seems to have their own character. Behind these typical potstill features there is a more rounded part too which develops slowly. The first 5-10mn are a bit "too much", it deserves to breathe for some time to enjoy the deep aromas. Mouth : same league. Heavy rum, thick texture, slighty acid, more zests. Tons of aromas. Alcohol is well integrated and 48° seems a good choice.
Very good rum if you are into this style but you'll find it a bit harsh if you only know heavily sugared light rons from South America. For well informed audience, I may say.
Rum tasting in New York City continued with Transcontinental Rum Line Fiji 2014. Unique bottle and label design. Light golden color. No added sugars at all. Typical Jamaican glue straight to your nose and palate when neat sipped. Might be rotten banana peels, or might be a weird copper still method, but trust me, the nose test is simply nasty. Dry burn and more glue at the end.
In college, I used to think rum was just for mixing. As time went on and while living in Colombia, I started sampling rum neat or with an ice cube or two and discovered a whole other world.
About nine months ago, I discovered the Transcontinental rum line. While I'm not a fan of some of their rums (the 2013 Jamaica WP is a bit brutal and the Panama is nothing to write home about), I've fallen in love with the Fiji 2014.
It has a bouquet of floral and caramel...maybe a little vanilla. To the taste, rather oaky and a little vanilla, though I'm not great at pinpointing what I taste, unfortunately. Despite being a slightly higher proof, it's as smooth going down as an 80-proofer would be, and, perhaps the best part, is the beautiful, long-lasting finish.
All in all, a great sipping rum (don't mix it!) and a very different rum experience despite there seemingly being no additives. :)
El color no es nada prometedor, mas bien muy opaco, probablemente por el corto tiempo de añejamiento.
En nariz el barniz predomina como también el ahumado e incluso fruta caramelizada. En boca, el barniz es aún mas acentuado, al igual que el ahumado y la fruta malograda.
Me recuerda mucho a los rones jamaicanos no manipulados. Mucho ésteres, además es un por still, sabroso, aunque a muchos probablemente no les guste. Extraordinario!
I ordered a glass of this at my local rum bar, never having had one from Fiji before. A little research shows that the source of this rum, South Pacific Distillery, is a big (the only?) distillery on the island, making beer, "ready to drink" alcopops, and a whole line of other spirits. So, snobbily, I would not have expected a quality rum.
Well... I haven't tried their other products, but if nothing else, Transcontinental must have found some fine casks and treated them right. (Their schtick seems to be taking something aged for a while at origin, then aging them in Europe for a while. Which is a whole other rabbit hole to discuss...)
High esters, low sweetness... get yourself a bottle of this Jamaican-like (one glass isn't enough) and take your time with it. My initial impressions were banana, cinammon, apricot, spice... I need to give this thing time in the right glass to see what it reveals, experiment with a little water... this is a good proof for the flavor, but the burn is a little challenging, and I feel certain I could dig up more complexities. Especially since there seem to be no additives getting in the way.
It'll take some experimentation to get there, but I think it'll be a pleasant trip.
Oily ! barnish, flowers on the nose, fresh grass, cedar wood and light caramel on the palate.
Great balance with a personality.
48% is the perfect spot.
Really well made. Congrats !
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