Compagnie Des Indes Belize BL25

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This is a rum distilled at Travelers distillery in Belize and bottled by a French independent bottler of rums. I was not aware of Travelers before trying some at a recent rum club meetup where we sampled quite a few offerings from Compagnie Des Indes including a sister cask to this one bottled at cask strength which I really liked. So in adding some rums to my collection I decided to try this one which is the lower strength version.

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Mezcales De Leyenda Durango

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With the summer heat I’ve been at some of my lighter spirits a bit more than my usual whisky. I’ve had this bottle for a while and have been sipping away on it here and there. It’s from Mezcales De Leyenda, a bottler who produces quite a few different types of mezcals with an emphasis on variety and sustainability.

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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.

 

El Tiburón 18 XO, Cigar Blend, Limited Edition, Cask Strength

IMG_20170220_212732.jpgA bit of an oddity here. I was browsing the shelves at a local liquor store and saw this very odd bottle of rum I’d never heard of or seen before. I asked the guys in my rum club but no one knew much about it. The bottle seemed to just be loaded with buzzwords like XO, Limited Edition, Cask Strength, Cigar blend and so on. Suspicious, but interesting.

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Diplomatico 2000 Single Vintage

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Thanks to /u/gregbenson314 for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap’s Secret Santa on reddit.

This is the last of the very cool samples I got from my Secret Santa gift. Unlike the others this one is a rum, not a whisky. I started dabbling in rums somewhat recently so I’m always glad to broaden that horizon. This is from Venezuela. I’m still not 100% familiar with each rum producing region’s character but this is the first time I’m really sitting down with a Venezuelan rum, so no idea what to expect (I usually do my tasting notes before looking too much into the background behind what I’m drinking).

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El Dorado 15

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I first found out about El Dorado after buying a bottle of the 12-year-old version on recommendation of my friend Assaf. I fell in love with the stuff, it’s exactly the style of rum that I like, thick, sweet and complex. When my bottle of the 12 ran out I decided to step it up a notch and get myself a bottle of their 15-year-old (which wasn’t that much more expensive to be honest).

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Edmundo Dantes 15

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A few months ago I was invited to join our local rum club as a guest at one of their monthly meet-ups. This was a particularly good one to attend as they were finishing off what was left of a year’s worth of bottles. This meant that I got to try a really huge range of rums and really see what was out there. I’ve always had a soft spot for rum, but usually the mass produced stuff and usually mixed.

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