ABV: 51.5% ABV
Age: 23 Years
Nose: Rich toffee, sweet molasses, nice oak structure and some tobacco. Pretty decadent, lots going on, without being overoaked, which is a truly welcome surprise. This is old for rum.
Taste: Sweet and rich on the palate – blackberry, molasses, buttered popcorn and pungent pipe tobacco. Really rich, syrupy mouth feel and the heat is very well behaved. The oak is holding the sweetness in check here, and doing quite well.
Finish: Long, rich and sweet. Some cocoa, lots of tobacco and a rich cola note that fits really well into the oak structure. It’s powerful, syrupy and savory.
Overall: Big fan of this one. Even for the age, this avoided being too bitter, which is very impressive, though is very clearly due to the split nature of the aging. I prefer this to the 15, which I didn’t particularly expect. I’m fairly sensitive to things that are over oaked and unduly tannic and this is neither of those things. Hooray.
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