Somehow, I got samples of this from two people. Also, I only found out after reviewing both samples. Something about doing stuff semi-blind…
With semi-blind is that I just don’t pay too much attention before pouring a sample, apart from the type of spirit (rum or whisky, so to say) and the ABV. In that regard I go in at least a little unprepared, which makes for some interesting surprises.
This Tamosi rum is a blend of five different distilleries (Foursquare, Varela Hermanos, Hampden, Worthy Park and Clarendon) from three different countries (Barbados, Panama and Jamaica for the last three distilleries). The Foursquare rum is eight years old, the Varela Hermanos is 6 years old and the Jamaican are categorized as ‘unaged’.
After blending the spirit was filled into port casks for about eight months, and bottled at 55%. I doubt this is cask strength, since rum generally sits at a much higher ABV.
Tamosi, apparently, is a deity in some Carib religions of yonder year. I don’t really know the specifics.
Golden syrup, molasses, caramel and red fruits. The port adds some sweetness on the nose, but not as much as I expected. It also adds an interesting scent red fruit on the nose. Sweet oak, mashed overripe strawberries.
The palate arrives with a punch. It’s pretty sharp with chili heat, dark caramel and dry oak. Some richer notes of stewed red fruits and damp earth. It stays sharp for a long time and becomes drier if you let it sit. Some golden syrup and molasses sweetness. Strangely, I also get a note of apple and iron.
The finish shows the most ‘rummy’ side of this yet. More sugarcane and a bit of the ‘quality rum funkiness’ with a hint of cigars and hessian, together with some tropical fruit and golden syrup..
Interestingly, the combination of both rum and port doesn’t make this too sweet. As in, both things tend to be sweet, and I was a bit apprehensive on the sugary concoction this would turn out to be, but it’s not so bad at all.
I don’t think I’m convinced about rum and port casks, but the combination of aged and unaged rums is something quite interesting. It pushes back the woody flavors, but does keep some of the ‘aged rum funk’.
It’s not a bad drink, for the € 67.50 it should set you back.