Review: Richland Rum Single Barrel

Price: $90 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Richland

Region: Georgia, USA

57.9% ABV

Distillate: Pure Cane Syrup

Aged For: 4 Years, Distilled 2014

Cask Type: Virgin white oak

Barrel #: 230, bottle #202

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: No

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a copita

Nose: Thick molasses, cherry, leather, pepper, star anise, licorice, hot and boozy

Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry, hot

Palate/Taste: Fresh cut sugar cane, molasses, grass, caramel, oak, chocolate, and a bit of pepper

Finish: Hot and medium to long lasting, dry oak, “fresh” sugar, vanilla, and licorice with slightly grassy vegetal note

Thoughts: Coming out of the gate this thing punches hard on the nose and palate. Sits at an interesting balance between traditional whisky flavors and rhum Agricole.

Score: 80 out of 100

Review: Captain Morgan Private Select

Paid: $20 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Captain Morgan / Diageo

Region: U.S. Virgin Islands

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: Yup, it’s Spiced Rum

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Cola, vanilla, chocolate, ultra-artificial candy sweetness, sugar, diabetes

Mouthfeel: Syrupy

Palate/Taste: Flat cola, vanilla, molasses, caramel, chocolate, more sugar, lack of insulin

Finish: Short, little warmth, more of the same sugary sweet vanilla and cola notes

Thoughts: Its like drinking a rum and coke already without the carbonation, overly sweet stuff designed for people who don’t really enjoy the taste of spirits.

Score: 50 out of 100

Richland Single Estate Rum

Richland Single Estate Rum Small Batch

Price: $45 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Richland

Region: Georgia, USA

43% ABV

Distillate: Pure cane sugar syrup

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Rum and Virgin white oak barrels

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed

Additives used: No

Color: Dark chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Rich caramel, vanilla, buttery pastry, oak, butterscotch, coconut

Mouthfeel: Light

Palate/Taste: Buttery, toffee, oak, baking spice, ginger, and vanilla

Finish: Light warmth, medium length, pepper, oak, brown sugar, milk chocolate

Thoughts: While I would have liked a little more richness in the mouthfeel the flavors are strong, bourbon like, and leave a clean savory note in my mouth. Recommended!

Score: 87 out of 100

Privateer Navy Yard

Privateer Navy Yard

Price: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Privateer Rum

Region: Massachusetts

55% ABV

Distillate: Grade A Fancy Molasses

Aged For: Minimum 2 years

Cask Type: New charred American oak, char level 3

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: No

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Marzipan and coconut, oak, vanilla, and a bit of fruit

Mouthfeel: Full bodied

Palate/Taste: Dry and oaky, tangy, pencil shavings, tart fruit, pepper, and vanilla

Finish: Warm and medium length, Vanilla with a sort of sweet brown sugar tangy flavor that goes back and forth between sweet and savory

Thoughts: For a relatively young spirit this has a good flavor, and is well made. I tend to like a lot of cask influence in my spirits so this says something. However, what could make this go from good to great is additional aging.

Score: 80 out of 100

Lost Spirits Navy Style

Lost Spirits Navy Style

Price: $45 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Lost Spirits

Region: California

68% ABV

Distillate: Molasses & cane sugar juice

Aged For: NAS

Still Type: Copper pot-still

Cask Type: New charred American oak casks seasoned with oloroso sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No



Color: Burnt Oak

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Has an almost agricole nose at first, cane sugar, molasses, pot still funk, and slight nuttiness

Mouthfeel: Dry, hot, and oily

Palate/Taste: Molasses, oak, pepper, tobacco, clove, marzipan, coconut

Finish: Warm and lingering, pepper, spice, coconut water, and slight mint

Thoughts: It’s a strong rum with a French nose and a British palate, and one of the better craft spirits I have tried.

Score: 82 out of 100