The Rum: Alcane Aguardente Velha
Origin: Santo Antão – Cabo Verde
Distilled by: Alcane Ltd
ABV: 43 abv
Bottled: ca 2015
Our first rum from Cabo Verde – with a thank you to my parents who brought this with them from their holidays. No idea whether this is agricole or melasses; but let’s find out !
The Nose: White pepper, floral and soft sugarcane. Rather vegetal with a slightly sour undertone that doesn’t bother at all. Give it 5 minutes however, and the aromas already fade away. What stays is fruity with some bourbon vanilla. Somehow this reminds me a bit of cheap Armagnac with a somewhat industrial character. 30 minutes later: iodine (yes!), a soft sea breeze. Mineral notes – wet slate.
The Taste: soft sweet start with a vegetal touch that reminds me of cachaça. Fresh sugarcane juice. Vanilla playing in the background. It’d be surprised if this isn’t an agricole.
The Finish: medium long and slightly drying. OK, but a bit too one-dimensional. Lacks a bit of character and depth. At the very end slightly bitter with butterscotch.
Our Score: ** – Mind you: for € 10-15 definitely not to bad !!
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