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I was fortunate to find the St Nick 10 Year on a winter trip to the Canadian Rockies - an unexpected catch. I've been reading about this rum since starting my journey several years ago, so the build-up has been fierce...and St Nick did not disappoint. However, if you've been lulled to sleep by modern - and the strictly non-traditional (read: sweet, syrupy) - rums taking over the market, this one might not be your cup of tea. I'm just gonna say it: This rum is for whiskey drinkers. It's got a gorgeous nose with far more earth than I expect from high-end rums recently, and the mouthfeel and swallow both have that rounded touch of heat more closely associated with a high-quality grain spirit. Yet this is unmistakably rum, with all the magical scents and flavors (some partly hidden!) that set rum apart. Presentation is off-the-charts - five years from now mere tap water is going to taste better coming from this bottle. Net: put me solidly among St Nicholas Abbey fans. I can only hope I get more chances to find it.
I went to a very well stocked rum bar this afternoon and they had this one listed on their web page. Lucky me, they had it in stock. I told the barmaid that the only other way to get it would be to visit the Abbey in Barbados. I had high anticipation on my half ounce pour.
This was easily the lightest in color of all three pours. Appleton 21 was a lot darker and Blackwell Reserve was even darker. I was expecting this one to come in first, then the Appleton 21, then the Blackwell's. Nope! It wound up the other way around. This was clearly the dullest. Yes it was smooth with minimal discernible flavors, but the burn at the back of my throat was very pronounced. I am never one to complain about rums that burn, but burn is the only thing to stand out on this rum. I am being very generous giving this rum my rating of 7.
Although this is a Bajan rum made at Seale's Foursquare distillery it is more delicate - and yet more nuanced - than his other, more traditional molasses -based elixirs. Whereas St. Nick's 5yo reminded me of a sunshiney summer day, this 10yo gem says "autumn". It's a slightly richer gold color, and the flavor carries savory tones of fruit and fall spices. I love it.
A lovely fruity nose. Slightly sweet with fresh notes of pineapple, banana, vanilla, hazelnuts and a bit of wooden lacquer. The medium bodied palate is smooth with the same notes found in the nose alongside earthy tobacco. The finish is discretely spicy and long. As with it's siblings, the balance is absolutely excellent and there's obvious family resemblance, especially to the other foursquare productions.
We visited the Abbey and got a bottle of this engraved for us. It is such a great tasting rum. Too bad I finished the bottle.
A very nice light rum. Not sweet and not over powering. I have been waiting a while to open my bottle but decided no better time like the present.
This is impressive. Amazing aroma. Delicate and balance. Similarly the flavours compliment each other. Only managed to get a sample of this but will be on the look out for a bottle of this. Will be hard since this version has been discontinued :(
This is a great rum in both the nose and flavor you definitely pick up an impression of brown sugar no surprising considering kit not made from molasses, dried citrus fruit is very apparent, there is a nice alcohol warmth rather than burn followed by sweet toffee aftertaste that lingers long after the drink has gone. This is an ideal after dinner rum.
It is. a little bit thinn, the taste is marsipan and butterfudge. The aftertaste could have been better, but okay. Looking forward testing 15 year variant when get hold on it.
Been waiting to try this rum for a long time.
Even had the bottle for half a year before getting around to taste it as I was saving it for my birthday.
It was surely worth the wait.
For me this is a traditional rum, abit dry, can taste some banana, leather and some slight wood.
First sip reminded me off Doorly's, but it has more to offer.
No detectable smell. Lots of "treble" (meaning high end frequency) in the balance. Almost nasal.
I don't like it.
This is an unbelievably good rum. Aged Foursqare stock showing for me that they can do no wrong. Sweet on the nose, unbelievable depth of flavour in the mouth. Great maturity. Can't wait to go for the 12 and 15
St Nicholas Abbey rums are some of the best in the world in my opinion. The 10 yo is awesome with extremely well balanced flavors, full bodied and smooth. The 12 is even better and the 15 is just outstanding. I also like the handcraft and attention to details they pout into everything from the bottle caps made of mahogany from their property and leather, to their rums which btw are not made from molasses but are made from evaporated sugar cane "honey". The sugarcane honey does not taste like molasses either – instead it has a very earthy kind of flavor which tastes wonderful. So it´s not a molasses based rum neither is it a rhum agricole.
Had a dram of this at the Rum House in New Orleans. It wasn't cheap, at $14 for what was basically a little more than a shot. It was VERY good though, extremely smooth, almost no burn.