Rum Renegade Grenada 1996
The rum: Renegade Grenada 1996
Origin: Westerhall Distillery- Grenada
Distilled: 1996 in copper pot stills
Matured: Bourbon casks + Château Margaux casks, partly in Scotland
Bottled: 2008 by Renegade, Scotland
1600 bottles – 46%
To be honest…I’m not always the biggest fan of these winecask finished rums. I often suspect bottlers to use winecasks to camouflage what is often a mediocre rum, or worse. I mean: why else start playing with casks if the rum is already great after the initial bourbon cask maturation?
Nose: brown sugar, verbena and rue. The wine influence is presence in the nose, together with some fine sawdust. Also hints of white pepper and vanilla, with the vanilla becoming more dominant after some time. Leave it in the glass for half an hour, it even gets some maritime aromas, like iodine. The empty glass reveals after a few hours very strong aromas of sweet white wine.
Taste:the initial mouthfeel is rather punchy on alcohol, and medium sweet. It lacks a bit of body though, it surely isn’t the mouth covering kind of rum. A bit of dark, overripe fruits lingering through. The verbena we found in the nose, is also present in the mouth, giving the rum an overall herbal touch. Bitterish clove goes alongside the light brown sugar. The initial maturation was on Bourbon casks, but somehow the taste reminds me of some good old rye whisky.
Finish: Medium sweet and medium long, with little wood influence. At the very end some bitter woody notes though. The finish is rather flat and dull, no surprises, no wow-effect. Château Margaux may be a very fancy and expensive wine; this rum – although finished in casks from that château – is ..well…rather boring ! Not bad, but boring.
Our Score: *** A fancy packaging and fancy caskfinish – alas no fancy rum