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Now this is some good stuff
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.
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.
Sugar: 0-5 GPL. Dry but smooth. Similar colour and taste profile as the 5 year old version. This one has a bit more oak and smoke from the bourbon cask aging and is also very smooth. I think the 5 year vintage is a better value, but you cannot go wrong with having any or all of the St Nicholas Abbey rums in your collection. All of the St Nicholas Abbey rums are dry and smooth and need some airing out in your glass to let all the flavour out as they are a dry rum with no sweetness added. Waiting for a special occasion to open the 8 year old and complete my review of the entire line.
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 was being very generous giving this rum my initial rating of 7, so now it gets lowered to a 6.
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.
Visited good friends of mine and while discussing Rums, my buddy opened a bottle of St. Nicholas Abbey 10 yr. rum. I was already familiar with the 8 and 12 yr offerings so I had a pretty good idea what to expect. The 10 yr rum is not as complex as the 12 yr but definitely a top notch rum, so smooth. As with all of the St. Nicholas Abbey rums this version is pure and contains no additives. Unfortunately those who enjoy sweetened rums won’t appreciate this product as much as I do.
The only negative comment I have refers to the cork itself, which was so dry that it fell apart while opening the bottle. Nevertheless the rum itself is definitely above most rums I have tasted so far.
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 :(
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