Bellevue, 14 year old, 52.3% – Duncan Taylor

Another rum from another country. Bellevue distillery is located on the isle of Mary Galante in Guadeloupe which means not a lot, but it could be (it doesn’t say) that this is a ‘rum agricole’. That means that the rum is made from sugar cane juice instead of molasses.

This one is a single cask from cask number four. Also bottled at cask strenght at 52.3 abv isn’t too strong. Whether or not it’s early landed I don’t know. There isn’t much information on the label.

Early landed means that it has been shipped to the United Kingdom years before bottling, in cask, so it matures longer in the UK. This is done because the temperatures in the Caribbean are so high that the rate of evaporation is really high. In the Caribbean it’s tough to make a 20 year old rum. Maybe even a 14 year old…

Bellevue Guadeloupe 1998 at Single Malts Direct

Bellevue Guadeloupe 1998 at Single Malts Direct

Sniff:
Sweet and floral, this is very different to any other rum I’ve had. Roses, sugar water and golden syrup. There also some bitter spiciness with wood. The flowers and some of the spices make this one rather fresh.

Sip:
Thick and sugary with pepper, bitter wood, and some spices. Pink peppercorns and mint or basil. Rather crisp again, but the flowers are a bit held back.

Swallow:
The finish is very light, especially compared to the 20 year old from Hampden. Sugar and golden syrup and the roses are back here. The finish is rather long and it gets a little dry towards the end.

This is a delicious rum. It’s a lot more floral and therefore a bit more fragile than the Caribbean blend. It’s very light and summery. Absolutely gorgeous.

Bellevue, Guadeloupe, 1998-2012, 14 years old, Duncan Taylor, 52.3%. It’s available at Single Malts Direct for £ 83.

Thanks to Duncan Taylor and Karen for the sample!

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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4 Responses to Bellevue, 14 year old, 52.3% – Duncan Taylor

  1. duesseltaler says:

    All of these reviews make me more curious on the bottle of Rum that I received from a friend brought back from his Brazilian vacation.

    • There really is some stunning stuff out there! This one, and the one I reviewed the day before yesterday were pretty damn awesome too! Keep in mind that there is a HUGE difference in quality between rums, just like with whiskies.

      • duesseltaler says:

        Since today, I only know Havanna Club 7yo – how does this compare to High Quality Rums ?
        Today I will get my present from Brasil. No Idea if it is a good one. And because of my cold it will take some time before I can find out:-/

      • Havanna Club 7yo isn’t bad but in a totally different league. As far as I know most Cuban rums are for mass markets, and rums from the smaller Caribbean isles usually are more rare and ‘unique’

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