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(Please forgive me if I've gotten the name wrong; I tried it on it's first day of availability and did not get a chance to see the bottle.)
46% ABV. Sweet nose. Dry. Lots of oak! Long finish.
Great rum. Always a pleasure to try one aged in new oak. Not necessarily my favorite, but very interesting, with easy comparisons to whiskey. A great rum for whiskey drinkers.
I tried this with the Real McCoy 12-Year, and the Real McCoy Limited Edition 12-Year (a 46% version of the regular 12-year). I like both of the 12-Years better.
It's interesting to me because I'm not a huge fan of bourbon aging, but after a few comparisons of bourbon aging vs virgin cask aging (such as with the Mount Gay Origin Series), I think I prefer bourbon aging to virgin cask aging.
Smells and tastes of oak, caramel, spice, and vanilla. Nicely smooth, and dry/semi-sweet. My favorite Real McCoy is the regular (40%) 12-Year.
I think this may be a bit sweeter than the 14yr. Not by much just slightly. It is slightly lighter in amber hue compared with the 14yr. I picked this one up for about $65 which was about $50 less than the 14yr. I definitely recommend. The taste of the 10yr is slightly hot which dissipates shortly after the initial taste. I get a slight oak flavor. Definitely not heavy on a whiskey flavor. The 14yr is slightly more bourbon/ whiskey notes. I would purchase again.
....which I do, then this will appeal.
I've got most of the Foursquare bottlings, and I thought that the closest to this would be the R.L Seale 10yo, as both the same age and same 46% ABV
Now I like the R.L. Seale for its purity, but comparing the two, the Real McCoy 10yo has a softer, richer nose and longer palate. There is a lot more oak both on the nose and body. By comparison the RL Seale has a harshness to it . The McCoy is a nicer rum, but......it is 89% more expensive (from the importer) than the RL Seale, and I don't think that difference is justifiable. I know that virgin casks are more expensive etc, but still.
I guess I don't really understand the Real McCoy in that I think Richard Seale makes beautiful rums as it is. It seems (and I might be wrong) that you're just paying the Real McCoy's mark-up on top of Foursquare's mark-up thus making it much more expensive from the great rums available from Doorly's/Foursquare, which you'd do just as well buying. In fact this 10yo is 20% more expensive than the Doorly's 14yo!!
I thought that I should try the various Real McCoy bottlings given that you hear good things, but I won't be buying again because they are very over priced. I'll stick with Doorly's and Foursquare OBs. To be honest, the rum is an 8, but the price/value is poor.
On the nose: caramel, caramelized tropical fruits (papaya, pineapple), baked bananas, some rubber/shoe polish, oak, spices (cinnamon), sweetness, mango, strong and full.
On the palate: tropical fruits, spices, sugar cane, oak, slightly tingling, sweetness, a little caramel.
In the finish: spices, subtle sweetness, slightly caramelized tropical fruits, subtle dark chocolate, slight bitterness.
In der Nase: Karamell, karamellisierte tropische Früchte (Papaya, Ananas), gebackene Bananen, etwas Gummi / Schuhpolitur, Eiche, Gewürze (Zimt), Süße, Mango, kräftig und voll.
Am Gaumen: tropische Früchte, Gewürze, Zuckerrohr, Eiche, leicht prickelnd, Süße, etwas Karamell.
Im Abgang: Gewürze, dezente Süße, etwas karamellisierte tropische Früchte, dezent dunkle Schokolade, leichte Bitterkeit.
The offerings from The Real McCoy are generally quite good and this one is no exception. Sweet, peppery and decent burn, but a bit one dimensional. Still, it’s a good supper, and that says a lot.
Of course it would be great in a cocktail as well, and the higher ABV makes up for the lack of flavor notes beyond a basic aged rum.
It’s quite good.
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