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Richland Single Estate Old Georgia Chateau Elan Barrel rum, a limited release of Old Georgia Rum that’s aged in the same fashion as the Terrapin Barrel Exchange release. In this case, however, the barrels are exchanged with Chateau Elan Winery, where they are used to age Port before being returned to Richland to finish aging the rum. Bottled from single barrels at 86 proof.via American Rum Report
Not my favorite of Rums. But like some others I have bought, the bottle is kinda cool, and being that it’s from Georgia, I had to try.l, needless to say, not impressed, too much burn and not sweet enough for me..
Being a resident of Georgia has its perks. One such perk is having easy access to Richland Rum varieties. Richland is an interesting distillery in that it is the only Single Estate Rum Distillery in the United States. They grow and harvest their own sugar cane onsite in South Georgia (not far from both the Florida and Alabama state lines). They then extract the fresh cane juice, boil it down to fresh cane syrup, ferment it with their own proprietary yeast strain and then distill it in copper pot stills before aging it onsite. The climate conditions in South Georgia are almost tropical - humid and hot, at times hotter than the tropics in my experience. I have had the Richland Single Estate rum, their main line, and I find it extremely Whiskey-like…as in if you blind tasted it you would likely guess that it was Whiskey. I don’t especially like to sip their Single Estate for the same reason I am not particularly a Whiskey fan, but it makes for a spectacular Mai Tai and that is how I primarily use Richland Georgia Single Estate (as the main “Aged Agricole”). Richland does not permit any additives in their rum. They don’t say it, but I like to think of Richland as a traditional colonial American rum distillery rebuilt in modern America.
This particular expression, however, comes from their Cask Exchange series. It is interesting to note that this is not a Port Cask “finish”, as the Cask exchange process is more involved than a normal “finish”. For this rum, they initially aged the rum for 3 years in virgin white oak barrels. They then emptied the barrels and stored the rum in a neutral container while they shipped the exact barrels to the Chateau Elan Winery in North Georgia where they were used to age Porto for one year. The barrels were then emptied of the Porto and sent back to Richland where the rum was then recasked in the Port and previously Rum Aged barrels to age for another full year. In short the barrels aged this rum for 3 years, then Porto for 1 year, and then the rum again for 1 year.
I am trying this first neat in a Glencairn before later pouring over a dense ice ball in a temperature controlled, insulated cup (this melts the ice extremely slowly adding only about 2 or 3 drops over the course of an hour).
I can smell the nose on this rum from almost 2 feet away. It is quite powerful despite only being 43% ABV. That is unexpected and right away different from their regular Single Estate. Getting close to the Glencairn I get pungent, clear notes of cured Leather, Malbec wine, Martinelli’s Apple Juice (this note runs throughout multiple phases), pouch tobacco, Porto (unsurprisingly), German Raspberry Brandy(Himbeerwasser), and rich Caramel Apple. Wow! This is way more complex and pungent than I expected. The notes are clear and easily individually differentiated. I can easily detect each note separately consistently. That’s fantastic.
On the palate this rum makes an equally powerful but quite different turn. Taking a mouthful, I get Cognac front and center which then fades in a powerful mix of Tennessee Whiskey, Allspice, Cinnamon, and Martinelli’s Apple Juice. It is exceedingly spicy and the cinnamon takes front and center. Adding it over the ice ball adds a deep rich milk chocolate expression powerful enough to evoke biting into a Lindt Chocolate ball. This is quite an experience and, dare I say, leagues better than the regular Single Estate expression.
As the palate fades, my mouth is left with a taste akin to that after swallowing a mouthful of Apple pie with a caramel drizzle. After sometime the mouth dries into a note akin to that I remember from smoking a good cigar back in the day. The finish is medium in length and quite present.
With water this rum becomes imminently and addictively sippable. What an experience! I have had Richland Rum; and I have had Porto finished rums. But I have not had any of those combined that can hold a candle to this. This is everything I had hoped Foursquare Detente would be. Where Detente let me down, this one blew me away. This rum is a joy to sip on. It is easily the best American made rum I have had yet, and by some margin. It is pungent, rich, expressive, and smooth all at the same time. This is definitely one to grab if you see it. Finally, Richland made a rum that I as a Georgia resident am proud of. Well done Richland! Y’all seriously raised the bar on this one.
Short Description: A spectacular Single Estate American Porto Cask exchange Agricole style rum. Rich, expressive and imminently sippable
Nose: Leather, Malbec red wine, Martinelli’s Apple Juice, tobacco, Porto, Rasberry schnapps, caramel apple
Palate: Cognac, Whiskey, Allspice, cinnamon, (very spicy), Martinellis apple juice; with water rich milk chocolate comes on strong and weaves the other notes together in harmony
Finish: apple pie with a caramel drizzle, cigar smoke
Country of Origin: United States
Region: Georgia (South)
Distillery: Richland Rum
On the nose this was sweet, leather and tobacco. It reminded me of El Dorado rum. On the palate more sweet sugar cane tobacco with a smooth medium finish at 49.7 ABV. NOt a bad rum from Richland GA.
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