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Very nice amber color. On the nose, honey, raisins and vanilla, tasting, sweet fruit, oaky. Very good.
Formidable je směs rumů starých 9 - 12 let stařených v sudech po bourbonu z amer. bílého dubu.
HMS Formidable (na vodu spuštěna 1777) byla vlajkovou lodí admirála Rodneyho v bitvě u Saints v roce 1782.
Aroma: Příjemně uhlazená ovocnost, výrazné pomeranče, lehounce kokos, mokré dřevo, vanilka.
Chuť: Velmi jemná - vanilka a trochu dřeva. A opět se objevují pomeranče.
Dozvuk: Příjemně trpký, rozinkový se špetkou vanilky a tóny dřeva. Středně dlouhý.
Formidable je určitě nejlepší a nejkomplexnější ze série válečných lodí. Mít o pár % navíc, byla by to pecka.
If you like oak you are going to love this. Like the Princessa this is smooth as a widows kiss. From start to finish it is pure pleasure. A little less bite than Princessa, but I like bite. Great balance. Lots of wood with dark fruit notes. Very good, medium complexity. Great sipper. I like the Princessa just a little better. I give this 8.3. Princessa 8.5. Another great rum from a GREAT DISTILLERY.
Sitting in a rocking chair on the rear verandah of a classic old St Lucia hotel 20+ some years ago sipping Admiral Rodney neat. So I had to find another bottle today, it is rich and somewhat complex especially for my pallet at that time. Does quite not hold its own today, one of the St Lucia distilleries brand like Chairman’s reserve. Medium dark in the glass initial taste flat lacking depth lends to slightly sweet burn. Goes down easy but not enough lingering depth in this price point.
12/29/21 revisited while sampling other Admiral Rodney rums. This is the oldest batch 10-15 years and now has fancier wooden stopper with gold adornments. Noticeably darker color than Princessa & Royal Oak. Sampling side by side 3 AR rums I prefer the Royal Oak best. This one is a bit dryer like Princessa I think a solid 7-8 for my taste.
I had heard of the prospect of "selective extraction" when distilling rum in a reflux column though hadn't heard of any distilleries practicing it until I discovered Admiral Rodney. The claim on the label is that only rum extracted from the lower plates of the column are used, which is aged and then blended for this release.
Such a strategy for collecting this rum dramatically reduces the heady and rough character associated with the heads and foreshots (ethyl acetate, acetaldehyde, etc.). These high-boiling fractions are often loaded with pleasant oil character, which is showcased very well in this rum. It is easily the smoothest and most pleasant rum that I've ever tasted. It is also without any sugaring or violation with additives, which makes me very happy. Aroma is quite good.
This should be drunk neat or with just a drop of water, as it is quite delicate. This rum fills a niche that is practically non-existent in the current rum market, which can be described as "ultra-fine light rum".
Made using a 45-plate Coffey still and aged in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, this really rather scrumptious molasses-based rum contains liquid aged for between nine and 12 years. The Rodney chap in question is in fact a famous admiral hailing from the 18th century – we’ll happily toast his seafaring successes with a drop of this.
Nose: Oaky and resinous with dark chocolate, honey, nutmeg and walnut notes.
Palate: More honey comes through, before cinnamon and vanilla pods catch up. More chocolate follows, this time in nib form, before leaf tobacco, oak and a sweet caramel add depth.
Finish: This is where those sweet spices come into their own. Delicious.
Overall: An oaky, dry rum bursting with flavour. One to sip and savour.
It’s a quality rum with a decent punch of oak. It’s definitely smoother than the step below Princessa. Classy bottle too. I’d say it’s an add for most, but I admit there are a few rums a bit cheaper I’d select over this one.
The pinnacle of the Admiral Rodney HMS series, HMS Formidable is a blend of column-distilled rums aged between nine and 12 years in bourbon barrels. It is named after Admiral Rodney’s flagship in the Battle of the Saints – the crucial battle where he broke the French lines and secured Britain’s dominance over the Caribbean.
Papaya , oak , port , apples , honey
Sweet delicious st Lucian heaven wow ...
Starts off with chocolate toffee apple then fades into like a red wine (port) ..vanilla and raisens dominate the finish
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