Monthly Archives: September 2013

Barbados 15 yo Single cask sherry finish for Tasttoe

The Rum: Barbados 15 yo Sherry Cask Finish For Tasttoe (Belgium) – 42%

Origin: Barbados

Distilled: ca 1998

Bottled: 2013 by Plantation, for Tasttoe

Nose: the nose starts on some heavy vanilla with hints of white pepper. It slowly goes towards soft herbs, moss and even some mushroom. After 10 minutes some dusty notes kick in. Reminds me of my grandmother’s attic. Again 10 minutes later the dust is all gone and a fresh breeze brought in some mint and grassy notes. Goodness…this is a really complex nose that seems to change every couple of minutes. I could sniff this for hours before drinking it.

Taste: but I don’t…so let’s taste this beauty. Oh yes, this is Barbados all the way: exotic fruits playing the main role now: banana, pineapple. This is so fresh and sweet, without becoming too sweet. Most elegant indeed !

Finish: it all comes back: the fruits, the fresh grassy notes, the soft spices. And at the end – just perfect – a very subtle bitterness. Lingers on forever.

Our score: 18/20

Remarks: this single cask (cask 1/5) was bottled for Belgian whisky and rumshop TasTToe.  An excellent rum for a sharp price ! Can imagine this-one being sold out rather fast. 450 bottles available.

Just don’t rush to your shop yet. This beauty will be available at the end of october !

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Trois Rivières Blanc Agricole – 50 abv

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The Rum: Trois Rivières Rhum Blanc Agricole – 50 abv

Origin: Martinique

Distilled: ca 2012

Bottled: ca 2012

 

Nose: we start on that typical smell of fresh fermenting sugarcane juice with a light herbal touch. After some time, some fine white pepper pops out of the glass. Despite the higher alcohol level absolutely not aggressive in the nose.

Taste: very sweet, but without getting sticky-sweet. Also some light fruity notes; but overall lack of dept. The alcohol starts to kick in now.

Finish: Stays on the sweet side, but it’s definitely not too sweet. Also some vanilla – rather strange since this is nn-aged rum. Or rhum in this case.

Our score 14.5/20

Remarks: one of the rare rums to actually have an AOC.

Caroni Heavy 18 yo

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Rum: Caroni Heavy 18 yo – 55 abv

Origin: Trinidad

Distilled: 1994

Bottled: 2012. 23 barrels or 6943 bottles.

 

Nose: strong alcoholic, softening a little bit after some time. Fine but overwhelming molasses: burned Sugar. Herbal too: verbena.

Taste: the sweetness quickly makes room for more bitter notes from the oak. Maybe a bit too much, the whole is rather unbalanced. A bit medicinal. Hints of coffee caramels.

Finish: mediumlong and warm, still rather alcoholic. No wonder: after all this has an abv of 55. The bitterness goes towards chewing the peel of blue raisins – well..if you have ever done that of course.

 

Our score: 14.5/20

 

Remarks: First maturation untill 2008 in Trinidad, from 2009 to 2012 in Guyana

El Dorado 12 yo

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The Rum: El Dorado 12 yo

Origin: Guyana (Demerara)

Distilled: 2000 and earlier

Bottled: ca 2012

Nose: As it often goes for the better Demerara rums: excellent nose.  The expected notes of vanilla, brown sugar and oak are well accompanied by more herbal aroma’s like nutmeg, cinnamon and some pepper to warm things up a bit. Not that this rum needs any warming up!  Also some citrussy notes, although well hidden behind all those other, more powerful notes.  And some tobacco as well. Really makes me want to try this rum with a good cigar… .

Taste: Can the taste live up to the promises of the nose?  Ohhh yes it can! Brown sugar and that warming vanilla again. But the whole gamma we found in the nose, comes back in the taste. There’s our oak again, our citrus, our pepper, our nutmeg and cinnamon.  And yes, there’s that quality tobacco again. Yes, oak and tobacco, but never going bitter; it’s all just very well balanced. Now where’s that cigar of mine?

Finish: Should we really repeat ourselves? Indeed, all is coming back in the aftertaste, which lingers on rather long. And that definitely is a good thing !

Our Score: 18,5/20

Remarks:  It’s no wonder El Dorado makes such a great rum: they have history on their side ! It’s a blend from aged rums (the youngest being 12 yo) of the very famous wooden Enmore Coffey still, the Diamond Coffey still, and the ancient Port Mourant double wooden pot still – stills of over 250 years of age !

Dictador 12 yo

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The rum: Dictador 12 yo
Origin: Colombia
Distilled: not indicated
Bottled: ca 2013

Nose: Ohh yeah…this is so pleasant! Coffee and mocha all the way, accompanied by brown sugar, cinnamon and some vanilla. Not your typical rum kind of nose. Different but very promising. Also some dried fruit and nicely balanced oak.
Taste: Maybe a little less sweet on the palate, it hits you again with these very nice coffee and mocha flavours. Somewhere on the background I can also detect some citrus. And again, these really nice oaky touches. Also some charred flavours: burned wood maybe
Finish: The oak really starts to kick in now, but never turning towards more bitter flavours. The coffee is everlasting long, now more accompanied by dried fruits.
Our Score: 18/20

Remarks: Solera matured, with the oldest rum in the bottle being 12 yo.

Barbados XO – Plantation Anniversary

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Why not start the week with what slowly is becoming a classic under the rums.  It was bottled in a nice looking decanter, for the 20th anniversary of Plantation – the independent bottler.

The rum: Barbados XO – 40 abv

Origin: Barbados

Distilled: not indicated

Bottled: ca 2011 by Plantation

Nose: excellent but rather surprising nose, with strong hints of oak. Roasted coconut, some caramel, ripe banana and subtle hints of tobacco. Barbadian rum at its best.

Taste: The oak spice hits you now in full force, be it in a non-aggressive way, smoothed by caramel, dark red fruits, warming vanilla and a whiff of excellent dark chocolate. In any other rum the oak might have been too strong, but in this blend (hats off to the master-blender of Plantation!) it somehow seems to work just nice.

Finish: Again powerful oak, but again very nicely balanced with caramel, vanilla and chocolate.

Our Score: 18,5/20

 

Remarks: first maturation in Barbados in Bourbon casks, and second maturation for 12 to 18 months in France in Cognac casks

Ypioca Ouro

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Cachaça:  Ypioca Ouro – 39 abv

Origin: Fortaleza – Ceara (Brazil)

Distilled: not indicated

Bottled: not indicated – ca 2013

Nose: Young sugarcane juice, but without that sometimes rather unattractive smell of fermenting juice(must). Very light hints of vanilla and pipetobacco. This is how young cachaça should smell: nothing chemical or aggressive; but on the other hand: nothing more than that either.

Taste:  Soft sugarcane and very fine oak; and definitely not too sweet. Again: this is as it should be, but nothing more. Lacks of complexity and depth.

Finish: Rather long and subtle, the sweet and bitter oaky tones are balancing rather well.

Our Score : 14,5/20

Remarks:  short maturation in oak casks. The cachaçamuseum at the distillery is reported to have the largest wooden barrel in the world, with a capacity of 347.000 litres

Savanna Intense Blanc

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The Rum: Savana 40° intense blanc
Origin: Ile de réunion

Distilled: ca 2012

Bottled: ca 2012
Nose: unlike most white rums, the nose isn’t just about the sugarcane juice. White flowers, bananaliqueur, subtle hints of cocos, white pepper and nutmeg. very interesting and elegant !

Taste: very refined sugarcane. A soft rum, without any alcoholic bite. The ‘intense’ part of the name sure has nothing to do with its punch. In the mouth again some banana and even a wif of cherry.

Finish: rather short, with an elegant sweet touch. retro-olfactoric some warming vanilla.

Our Score : 16,5/20

Remarks: This is no agricole, but a rhum traditionelle made with molasses, distilled in column stills and unaged.

Demerara 1995 12 yo – Samaroli

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The Rum:  Demerara  12 yo – 45 abv

Origin: Guyana

Distilled: 1995

Bottled: 2007 by Samaroli, 472 bottles

Nose :starts rather soft on herbal honey with some hints of clove and vanilla. After some time (quite some time actually) strawberry candy.

Taste: medium-sweet, going direction cognac even. The molasses is well present, with again this slightky herbal and medicinal  touch. Burned sugar on the background. Nice round tastes, giving us the impression that this rum is actually older than it really is. A subtle smokiness gives the total picture a little extra.

Finish: Soft and sweet Ricola herbal bonbons that seem to be lingering on forever.

Our Score : 18/20

Remarks: matured in an ex-whiskycask in Scotland

Seleta de Salinas 2 yo

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Cachaça:  Seleta de Salinas 2 yo – 42 abv

Origin: Salinas – Minas Gerais (Brazil)

Distilled: not indicated

Bottled: not indicated – ca 2011

Nose: light must (unfermented sugar cane juice) but with a very subtle perfume: white flowers and vanilla. Warm buttered toast and honey.  Very refined and excellent nose indeed.

Taste:  Starts rather sweet with again fresh sugar cane juice, with light herbs playing on the background.

Finish: Medium long. Fruity, with lychees slowly evolving towards ginger. Excellent cachaça !

Our Score : 18,5/20

Remarks:  matured in  Umburana casks