SAVANNA High Ester Rum Reunion (HERR) 10yr Ex-Cognac

The Schtick: This is a bottling of high ester rum for LMDWs 60th anniversary. Bottled at cask strength after 10 years of aging, this Savannah distillate is supposed to be pretty unique. Let’s dive in.

Review #1184 | Rum Review #75

Distiller: Savanna

Bottler: Velier

Brand: Velier

Selection: La Maison du Whisky

ABV: 63.8% ABV

Age: NA

Nose: Powerful and sweet. Molasses, honey, toffee and coconut. Sweet banana and papaya, with a bit of ester bite. Lightly rotting character hits the nose, but this is mostly a sweet pina colada banana bomb blended with sweet molasses and honey.

Taste: Super sweet, light mint. Honey, banana, coconut and plum. Really interesting and savory. Grows jammy and juicy, almost syrupy over time. Then the cough syrup notes hit. Like a powerful throat lozenge.

Finish: Long, powerful but growing away from something I enjoy. The syrupy fruits are like cough syrup, complete with the menthol finish.

Overall: This started in a place I loved, and quickly went to a place I didn’t. A bummer, but it’s just not for me.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 4

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