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451 Pipe Dream rum, a version of the base used in their Writers Block Rum (without the mint and lime infusion) that gets an extra long fermentation with natural bacteria present. The current batch was aged in new charred American white oak barrels for one year, while the next is spending one-and-a-half years in new charred American white oak barrels and six months in used bourbon barrels. Bottled at 90 proof.via American Rum Report
Pipe Dream is a craft distilled rum from 451 Spirits located in Columbus, Ohio. This is a pot still distillate and I quote from the website "Our rum begins life as the same molasses as our Writer's Block rum and then gets laid down in barrels until deemed ready. Extra long fermentation with natural bacteria present creates an added depth of flavor." This sample is from batch #3 and the bottle label states that it is aged in new charred American oak. Length of aging is unknown. As there are no ratings for this at the moment I will go into depth here. Sorry it is long winded.
The aroma is very appealing as it is softly sweet with hints of molasses and vanilla. Soft oak notes also are present. Some pot still character and soft warming alcohol. The flavor to my palate is somewhat in contrast to the aroma. Big drying oak character hits the tongue right off with vanilla and toffee notes. Alcohol is smooth and subdued on the palate. Not a hot spirit at all as I kind of expected for a small craft distiller with a bottle strength of 45% abv. Some 'funky' character but not a hogo bomb by any means. The finish is at first short and fast but then a lingering dry softly funky finish lingers.
Adding a cube opens up the aroma with some soft almost tart fruitiness coming out. The flavor exhibits some soft sweetness upfront and the finish improves and lengthens. Fresh oak comes out but I get no char from the barrel. Overall I think this is a competent rum that is enjoyable to sip. Could be used in cocktails that called for a Bajan or a Jamaican lightly aged rum with good results. If you like sweet rums stay away as this is not for you. Very dry and full of fresh oaky character. A solid 6.5 in my opinion. Not quite a 7 to me but a decent rum.
$30 for a 750ml so not cheap but not expensive. Decent price for a small distiller.
... un peu court en bouche, manque de maturité si on aime les rhums qui ont plus de corps
Tried the Plantation Jamaica 8 year old and it has a very weird rubber smell to it. Maybe it's the Jamaica Glue which other reviews are referring to. It is offputting to start with and the taste test does not convince me either. There is a surprisingly strong burn at the end. I'm not convinced at all.
Jamaican rum is not in my comfort zone for rum enjoyment. I prefer heavier body rum. However, this rum is pretty good though I like the Appleton 12 rare better. I don't think this rum is available anymore, but if it is, I would buy it. Some alcohol burn with a strong tropical fruit flavor.
I was expecting something a little more smooth from an 8-year rum but this took me by surprise. Definitely a drier rum with a woodiness in flavor. Some sweetness detected but the burn hits and hits hard almost immediately. This is a tongue-tingler at 90 proof. Folks who like bourbon and scotch may like this rum more than the sweeter ones. Works best in mixed drinks, especially frozen ones.
This isn´t as sweet as plantations use to be.. Nice taste and a strong finish.. Fades down to orange taste..
Very light and pale in appearance and when you first pour a glass you receive a powerful cognac aroma. When tasting it you get a bombastic first wave of alcohol but then afterwards tastes of roasted bananas and coconuts. I've tried it neat, but would be willing to venture it would be better on the rocks.
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