Appleton Estate 12 Rare Blend

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My explorative journey into rum continues. This one being from Jamaica. One of the major issues with rum is the lack of regulation, especially concerning labelling and additives. Jamaica is actually pushing for recognition of Jamaican Rum as a protected appellation and has fairly coherent regulations for labelling rum, which means Jamaican rums are usually of good reputation.

This particular one is from Appleton Estate, a sugarcane estate which has been producing rums since the 18th century. This is one of the more aged rums, 12 years being quite a lot for the Caribbean, and is likely a blend of column and pot still rums (Appleton produces both). Appleton do not add sugar to this after distillation (something quite common in rums).

Aged 12 years. 43% ABV. 

Nose: Sweet candied fruit notes. Brown sugar. Bubblegum. Pencil erasers. Dusty oak. Slight vanilla and gentle woodspice. Overripe stone fruits & bananas.

Palate: Brown sugar. Bitter stone fruits. Sour pineapple. Dry oak. Dark maple syrup. Cloves. Fennel. Anise. Ends in menthol.

Finish: Long. Menthol and anise from the palate follow through along with licorice pastilles. Bitter wood. Dark chocolate. Orange peels.

Would I buy this: Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 5/5

This isn’t quite as funky and in-your-face as some of the rarer Jamaican rums I’ve tried and is indeed very mellow. It’s got a really nice wood influence to it and is just a really good sipping rum well suited to someone who’s new to the whole thing (like me) but wants to try an authentic, unsweetened rum. It’s also available at a really good price considering what you’re getting.

 

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Longrow 2001 Springbank Society

IMG_20170616_112044Thanks to /u/buddy_dosser for the sample via /r/Scotchswap on reddit.

Been a while since my last update, unfortunately things have been quite busy so I haven’t really had much time so really sit down and enjoy some of the whiskies I’ve been meaning to try. Now that I have some time I was really excited to sit down with this one.

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Port Charlotte 2003 Whisky Broker

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Thanks to /u/buddy_dosser for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.

I love Port Charlotte, it’s what won me over to Bruichladdich when I didn’t like their unpeated malt so much. Thing is, a lot of them are matured in all sorts of weird and wonderful casks. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, not at all, I’ve quite enjoyed some of them.

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Two recent Port Charlottes

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Port Charlotte is initially a whisky I didn’t like so much, but it grew on me quite fast, and now I have 3 open bottles of the stuff. The two I’m tasting here are the 2nd release of the 10 year old which was recently released along with a 10 year old Bruichladdich and a 10 year old Octomore, their unpeated and super-heavily peated labels respectively. It was aged in quite a variety of casks, first-fill bourbon, sherry, tempranillo and french wine, but that is kind of Bruichladdich’s thing.

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Amrut Kardhambam

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Thanks to /u/unclebaldric for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.

This is another oddity from Amrut that makes up part of their range of interesting expressions. The Kardhambam means ‘mixture’ and that’s pretty much what this is. It’s a mix of peated and unpeated malt which has been initially matured in sherry casks but then finished in rum and brandy casks, both of which held spirits produced by Amrut distillery.

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Kilchoman Cask Strength Quarter Casks

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Thanks to /u/buddy_dosser for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.

Kilchoman have joined the growing number of distilleries experimenting with smaller casks. The increased wood contact adds more woody character which would usually take a much longer maturation period to achieve. This shouldn’t be confused with faster maturation though as the spirit itself still ages at the same pace. This particular one is from a limited cask strength release for the full, unadulterated experience.

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