The last in these four rum reviews. I don’t know why I put them in this order, but this one as a last one seems right, since it’s the youngest. Young spirits tend to have a lot of impact, although the oldest one in this batch also kicked my taste buds’ but.
In this one there is a LOT of cask influence. Therefore it tastes a lot like a virgin oak whisky, since I barely get the spirit. Rumsky? Whim? Behind the layers of oak I find some demerara and molasses. Lots of white oak and vanilla with some wood spices.
The palate offers a strange (to me) combination of oak and rum. Rather spicy with red chilis, vanilla and sweet wood spices like cloves. The sweetness is held back by the woody bitterness. Dry and almost only oak on the tongue.
The finish is sharp, again because of the woodiness. Quite some vanilla.
This is a strange one. I really like the woody flavours this way, but I find the spirit itself is completely obliterated by it. Therefore it could be any sweet spirit in an incredibly active cask.
Having said that, it still is a rather tasty drink that I’ll be happy to finish my sample of!
Mount Gay, Barbados, 2000-2012, 12 years old, Duncan Taylor, 53.7%. It’s available at Single Malts Direct for £ 67.
Thanks to Duncan Taylor and Karen for the sample!