Rum Nation Diamond 2005

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Sometimes I have trouble deciding which whisky to pick as my nightcap. Sometimes I just have a cup of tea, but sometimes I try something a little different. I’ve been slowly exploring what the world of rum has to offer.

This is from bottler Rum Nation, who bottle small batches of rums, bottled for the French store La Maison Du Whisky. It was distilled at Diamond distillery in Guyana in 2005, making it a Demerara rum, known for their rich, thick, sweet character. In fact Diamond is the only remaining distillery in the region after nationalisation of the industry.

Aged 11 years. 58.3% ABV. Bottled at cask strength from a single cask. 

Nose: A sweet stickiness up front, but with quite powerful herbal undertones. There’s also a very nice tropical fruit note, papaya, dried mango, and treacle. After some time I noticed a little hint of woodspice.

Palate: Very thick and very woody. A big dry woody vanilla note hits first but is soon overpowered by a massive syrupy sweetness which mixed with the wood flavours is very reminiscent of maple syrup. Finally some bitter citrus and menthol.

Finish: Long. Menthol carries on. Dry citrus peel. Chocolate liqueur. Molasses. Sticky red fruits.

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: 2/5

This was a really awesome rum. I really like the Demerara style and this stuff really had a lot of that, hugely thick and rich with those dark, sweet flavours.

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