Published by The Rum Barrel ago
Out of about 18 coconut rums I've tried (as of this review), I'd put this in my top 3!
It's not as sweet as many coconut rums, but it has a very nice flavor.
Smells and tastes of coconut, sugar cane, and oak, with a hint of vanilla.
I find it to be a very enjoyable coconut rum!
Enjoying sipping this straight up. I think it is pretty smooth and well worth the cost-just over $30. Kind of like the bottle too.
The funk is toned down, but it’s there and compliments the dryness very well. No after the fact dosing is a big plus. Good stuff.
Classy presentation in a dark, wax-dipped champagne bottle. I don’t normally comment too much on a rum’s colour, either, but happily make an exception here as this is truly a gorgeous dark, reddish mahogany hue, with copper edges. It looks “old” and elegant. Before nosing or tasting, I judged the colour of this rum to be amongst the very best I have seen.
The nose offers pronounced, deep aromas of oak, molasses, dark fruits (esp. raisin) and baking spices like nutmeg, clove and ginger. Just...wow! It is very captivating. I nosed the Glencairn for 10 minutes before taking the first sip. There is a deep and brooding quality to the nose that is simply incredible.
The palate is focused and structured, with flavours echoing the nose - wood, molasses and spice. There is just a slight hint of sweetness but this is definitely not a sweet rum. Fabulous! A slight black pepper note introduces the medium-length finish. To me, everything about this rum conjures up an ideal of what great rum should be. Simply sensational! Highly recommended.
Though not the worst I have tried it is far from the best. If you like a very rich bold dark taste then you might love this rum. I didn't care for it but it was drinkable with ginger ale.
In their 'Estate Blend', which is more interesting than great, I found some qualities that needed more research so here I am, with a glass of their 12yo 'Rare Blend'. It is not typical Jamaican in the sense that it is relative low on esters; it is much closer to St. Lucia's 'Chairmans Reserve' or Mount Gay's XO as far as pot still influence.
I am halfway my second bottle and it still surprises me but I can tell for sure this rum has gotten it's own altar overhere.
It is a dark blend with murky flavours and a little rough around the edges. Apart from the usual suspects (vanilla, oak, fudge and various fruity flavors) it has dark tobacco, smokey and leathery notes and a very pleasant oaky kind of finish. The strange thing is that for me its closest competitor is Mount Gay's XO which is also a darker, murkier kind of rum. The 'Rare Blend' is slightly rougher and darker and , at least for me, delivers more. So I accept the lower price, the simpler screwcap and simply accept that this affordable rum is in truth a stunning expression of a not that easy rum. It needs a bit of an acquired taste but if you are into dry rums and you like a bit of roughness in your rum this is a must try! A keeper for sure!
Slow aged Ron with semi sweet taste where some bits of caramel, fruits, nugat and oak signs are present. Nice smell and colour. Overall ok.
Should be light one, but it is not smooth. Brighter color. Bit more dry to me with oak barrel taste. Good for mix I would say.
This is a unique take on “infused” flavor in rum. Rather than bleeding, soaking or mixing to give it flavor, they cut the rum with coconut water. It’s incredibly smooth and even refreshing!
This is a lovely agricole that had the usual grassy fresh vegetables notes .it's a very clean agricole that is best in a ti punch or on its own ... Not strong enough for other cocktails really but solid agricole
Im really torn between 9 and 10 score. It is really amazing rum with nice aroma full of oak, grapes and orange. In mouth is full of flavours. Mainly oak, raisins, tropical fruit and grapes. Finish is very long due to 48% and very warm. I would rate it 9,5.
VINTAGE: 1993 (15y)
CASK TYPE: BOURBON
BOTTLE STRENGTH: 45.8% column still
I got a sample of JM Martinique from 1993. I don't know what I should expect. This is not my first agricole but so far I haven't had a high quality Agricole with at least 8 rating points.
Tasty nose with leather and quite intensive. This is not just a weak grasy juice, I would not gues it's an agricole. There is much leather with dry fruits. The nose is not dark, but also not very bright.
Further I got some caramel, grains and grasy with floral notes.
The development is not finished yet. After 5min I get also pepper with black tea.
Beautiful nose, very aromatic, grains are a little bit too dominant.
After 10min I got some Zacapa herbs in the nose with hints of caramel, this is very tasty for me. I feel some excitement. The black pepper is a little bit too dominant now.
But wow, I could sniffing that one for hours, very complex nose. Every 5min I discover some new flavors.
The taste starts peppery with a typical paper note (should be wood with vanilla influence).
Follewed by grasy and some floral notes. Then hints of caramel with some tannins. I would not say it's just 45%, it fells stronger like 50-55%. Quite intensive agricole for this abv.
As the rum gets warm I get spice on my palet, slightly bitterness (tannins) with oak and vanilla. Then the grasy notes. I still feel tingle in my mouth, fells like pepper burns in my mouth. Then I get intensive flavors of dry orange peels and anise.
After this explosion this beauty says goodby with spice and pepper, leather and again the dry orange peels. There are just some hints of caramel (the pepper dominates all aromas) and some tannins at the end.
The taste is very good, a little bit too peppery. I would prefer more flowery aromas. It's already a high end agricole but I think there should be some better out there. The nose also promised a bit more than I got in taste.
Therefore 89 points.
Nose: leather, dry fruits, some caramel, grains, vanilla, grasy and floral notes, pepper, herbs and black tea.
Taste: pepper, paper/wood, vanilla, grasy notes, floral notes, hints of caramel, tannins
Middle: some spice, some tannins with vanilla, grasy notes, anise, dry orange peels
Finish: spice, pepper, leather, dry orange peels, hints of caramel, some tannins
Aftertaste: paper with some wood, pepper, grasy and floral notes, again pepper
Value (220€): 3/5
Experience level: professional
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