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Mezan 2005 Jamaica 12-Year rum

Mezan 2005 Jamaica 12-Year

Caribbean | Aged

6.0/10 (1 rating)
Tasty, but not quite great


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Posted over 1 year ago by Charles M from United Kingdom with 127 ratings

The last one that I had was I think a 10yo, and I reviewed it in 2016. This one is a 12yo bottled in 2017.

From Worthy Park and bottled at 46%. I can't recall where the previous one came from, and I think IIRC it was bottled at 40%. To me this is a ridiculous situation that Mezan has created, to have 2 rums labelled the same but with different ages. There is no easy way to differentiate the two, although the back label on the 12yo has bottling dates and some other info.

The tasting note states "light grassy aromas with underlying notes of dried fruit, green bananas and ending with a buttermilk sweetness." That is largely true and it has unmistakable characteristics that you would expect in a Jamaican.

"Oaky flavours, butterscotch and some fruit on the palate. A little pepper, dry wood oak and some vanilla on the finish." It is dry, but there's not a huge amount to get excited about. For a 46% rum, it is disappointingly lacking in weight of body. And the finish is so short and what it does leave doesn't entice you back for more. As a result, it is very easy to drink but without huge reward.

I love some of the Mezan bottlings, but this isn't one of them. I was going to say that I would take the Appleton 12yo over this, but I thought it best to taste it to compare. The Appleton is quite industrial by comparison. While it may be fuller bodied with better length, the fruit just does not have the finesse that the Mezan has. This has put me in a bit of a quandary. The Mezan is disappointing in many areas, but when side by side with a competitor, it shows it up.

I'm hoping that the bottle will blossom with a little more time open.