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Transcontinental Rum Line 2013 Guadeloupe rum

Transcontinental Rum Line 2013 Guadeloupe

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eisbar 🇫🇷 | 9 ratings
Posted over 5 years ago

French Antilles are famous for their agricole rhum, but they prove they also can make good molasses rum with this one.

Very vegetable and fruity, with touches of tabacco and ginger.

As i do for every agricole or molasses rum i drink this one straight up, i think it's a good pick to start a tasting and go for rhums or rums more stronger as the tasting goes, since this one is very sweet in mouth.

Marc Cardinal 🇧🇪 | 399 ratings
Posted over 6 years ago

Nice gold color with gray green reflection. The nose is very vegetable on sugar cane but also exotic fruits like pineapple. In the mouth, alcohol is present but does not disturb. Vegetable and even medicine flavors are found. The final is medium on licorice aromas. Beautiful rum.

revsteph (PREMIUM) 🇺🇸 | 380 ratings
Posted 4 months ago

Funky nose
Light yellow
Dust, band aid
Lasting flavor

Bonandy 🇵🇱 | 111 ratings
Posted 5 months ago

Deep amber color. Distinct alcohol taste. Nothing special. Definitely too expensive in my country.

Mujuru 🇺🇸 | 152 ratings
Posted over 1 year ago

I have been curious about this bottling for some time because it is rather unique in the rum world. Why is it unique? Because it is a high-ish ester light aged, unfiltered, molasses based rum from the former French colony of Guadeloupe. The vast majority of commercially available rum from Guadeloupe (and Martinique) is Rhum Agricole which is cane juice based. Guadeloupe does produce molasses based rums but the vast, vast majority of it is sold for ethanol uses and for use in flavored rums and blends. Rarer still is what is called Grande Arome, which is high ester (unaged) molasses based rum. Indeed I could find only one single Grande Arome that was commercially available for individual sale, Le Galion, and that was in Europe.

Thankfully, La Maison and Velier (behind Transcontinental Rum Line) sourced a similar, albeit slightly aged rum for this bottling. It is quite hard to find any information on this rum beyond what is on the label. What I was able to find was that this is a molasses based rum sourced out of Basse Terre, produced (surprisingly as I will explain below) on the column still and then aged 3 years on Guadeloupe and then over 1 year in Europe. The fact that it is aged technically disqualifies it from being considered a Grande Arome. However, given the intensity of the funk and diversity of flavor on this rum, even at 43% ABV, I am near certain that this was originally a Grande Arome rum on distillation. It’s flavor intensity and profile, even at 43%, indicate that this was a very high ester rum prior to aging and dilution. So enough speculation, let’s get down to what makes this an awesome sip - and it is indeed an incredibly aromatic sip for its proof.

On the nose I immediately get absolutely gobsmacked by Wild Honey Comb and fresh Lemon. And I don’t mean the highly pasteurized stuff you buy in a grocery store and a generic citrus sour. I mean pure, untouched sourwood honey with a chunk of comb straight from the hive and the intensity of cutting into a fresh lemon at the same time. It’s intense and lovely simultaneously. Meanwhile in the background there is melted Butter, Toffee and the aroma of sticking your face into a fresh floral bouquet. I also get Tamarind Chutney, Green Apple, faint Irish Whiskey (like Jameson) and just a light hint of caramel.

The palate mostly mirrors the nose and matches the intensity. I get an intense rush of wild sourwood honey with comb and a gush of fresh lemon juice. Behind that is melted Butter, mild Tamarind Chutney and Irish whiskey. In some respects it drinks like an Irish whiskey but the butter, fruit, floral, and honey flavors and notes are *far* more intense and engulfing.

The finish continues the theme and adds a heft of additional funk on the back end. It’s starts with a chest warming wild honey similar to the “finish” on eating a spoonful of wild honey. I also get more lemon and butter. Then out of the blue a Hampden Apple-like funk shows up and on the tail end of that, a faint Chlorine note like that found on some Worthy Park rums.

This is everything I hoped the Clarendons I have had would be but haven’t been. This rum is only 43% but is intensely funky on level close to a Hampden Great House. The funk is a deep honey citrus funk that is extensively pervasive even at low proof. This leads me to believe that the unaged, distillate coming of the still had an extremely high ester count. Therefore I reckon that this is in fact a light aged balanced rum coming from a Grande Arome. Obviously, the fact that it is aged precludes it from nominally being a “Grande Arome” but given the sheer amount of funk on this rum, when it came off the still it most certainly was a Grande Arome.

What is absolutely stunning is that this is a column still distilled rum at 43%. I have never had a pure column still rum anywhere remotely close to as funky as this rum. This is every bit as funky as some of the higher proof light aged pot still rums I have had from Jamaica.

This is a real stunner. I am all over it. It’s incredibly addictive. Given the expressiveness of this rum, it is a crying shame the French Antilles doesn’t release more molasses based high ester rums like this. This is fantastic. I would love to try more bottlings like this. Whoever said that you can’t find intense complex flavors at or around standard proof column still rums, hasn’t tried this rum. For now this one is going to near the “top” of my collection.

Short Description: Funky Lemon Honey Butter, Funky Lemon Honey Butter (try to say it 10 times in a row)

ABV 43%

Country of Origin: Guadeloupe

Region: Basse Terre

Nose: Wild Honeycomb, Lemon, Butter, Toffee, Floral Bouquet, faint Irish Whiskey, Tamarind Chutney, Green Apple, faint Caramel

Palate: Wild Honey, Lemon, Butter, Tamarind Chutney, Irish Whiskey

Finish: (chest warming) Wild Honey, Lemon, Butter, Apple Funk, faint Chlorine

Skipper Joe 🇺🇸 | 37 ratings
Posted 2 years ago

This was my first Transcontinental Rum Line purchase - and end of bin sale at a local distributor. Label indicates it’s aged >3 years in the tropics and >1 in Europe. Curiously, the label also points out that this is a molasses based rum, even though the Guadeloupe is know for Agricole (mental note to try Agricole Rhum from Guadeloupe). Delightfully easy to sip rum; color is pale, almost like a filtered apple juice. Smells faintly of fruits. Taste is mostly of tropical fruits up front, with a sweet finish, hints of honey. I’ve since purchased a few more rums from Transcontinental, and this one is probably the best all around I’ve tried so far. Easy sipper on it’s own or on the rocks - I wouldn’t dare mix it.

Extra info: the bottle I purchased came packaged in an orange box with an orange label bottle, & indicates it was distilled in 2013, bottled in 2018 citing Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe as the origin

kudzey 🇵🇱 | 38 ratings
Posted over 2 years ago

Although Guadeloupe is well-known for its Agricole rums, Transcontinental Rum Line is a 100% molasses-based product. It is a young, only four-years-old rum, distilled in 2013.

In the nose this rum is full of citrus, in particular lemon, (both juice and peel), lime and pink grapefruit. After some time the fruity notes are substituted by floral, like in a parfum. The aroma of rose becomes dominant, together with white wine, apricot and honey.

First sip is quite fruity, dominated by lemon juice taste. Notes of honey gradually appear but are rapidly covered by fruity and floral mixture, with blackberry, apricot and citruses. Hints of brown sugar are present in the background. After clearing the mouth with water and sipping again, the rum becomes milky and earthy.

After such a fruity mixture, the finish is surprisingly smoky, with a pronounced taste of leather.

The degustation is concluded by flowery and mineral aftertaste.

This is an easy basic sipper, not too demanding but offering quite much. Quite impressive for such a young rum.

Gastovski (PREMIUM) 🇨🇿 | 442 ratings
Posted over 2 years ago

Destilováno / Nalahvováno: 2013 / 2017
Tropické zrání 3 roky (destilerie Bonne Mère) a 1 rok kontinentálního zrání.
Vyrobeno mělo být 6290 lahví.

Aroma: Těžké, výrazné aroma domácí pálenky (zřejmě slivovice), zatuchlost
Chuť: Bylinný likér, jitrocel
Dozvuk: Nahnilé citrusy,lehce dezinfekce, do trpka, opět závan bylinek
Sladkost: 1/3
Ochutnán vzorek
Druhé seznámení s "francouzskými" rumy. Opět bylinný, lehce dezinfekční. Styl, který mi začíná sedět čím dál tím víc.

Adam 🇵🇱 | 101 ratings
Posted almost 3 years ago

Słyszałem sporo dobrego o tej linii rumów. I nie ukrywam, że pomimo, że rum z tej butelki nie jest moim typem rumów to trzeba go docenić za jakość. Fajna klasyczna butelka, złoty kolor. Mocne owocowe aromaty, dość słaby posmak. Tak czy inaczej ciekawa pozycja.

MichielV 🇳🇱 | 34 ratings
Posted almost 4 years ago

The Transcontinental Rum Line or TCRL is named after the historical travels of rum barrels from the colonies to the continent. This 2013-batch from Guadeloupe is aged in tropical climate for more than 3 years and aged in Europe for almost a year. It's already mentioned, but the bottle of this rum brand is gorgeous. It looks very high class. The color of the rum is light gold. When smelling this rum, your mind wanders to a park in spring, when you are enjoying pineapple and lime. The palate is very herbal, there are some apricots and something like green grass. Even ginger and anise are present. The aftertaste is perfect; herbs and a slight tobacco flavor stays long in your mouth.

Brand Details

Type: Aged
Company: Transcontinental Rum Line
Country: Multiple
Name: 2013 Guadeloupe
Yr Distilled: 2013
Raw Material: Unknown
Process: Unknown
Distillation: Unknown
Women Led: No