Pusser’s 15 Year

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Price: $45 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend of Rums / Pusser’s

Region: Guyana & Trinidad

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 15 Years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed

Additives used: Undisclosed


Color: Red copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Papaya, pepper, molasses, coconut, funk, and copper

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Light tropical fruit, honey, floral, brown sugar, and sweet cane syrup

Finish: Light to medium warmth and length, coconut, sugar, fruit, and a very artificial sweetness that leads me to believe this may be dosed.

Thoughts: I was expecting something a little darker in flavor given the appearance and age of this rum, but it’s quiet gentle and light

Score: 78 out of 100

Pyrat XO

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Paid: $8 for 375ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend of rums / Patrón Spirits

Region: Caribbean

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: NAS

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: Yes


Color: E150A

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Oranges, baking spice, cinnamon, oak, vanilla, and sugar

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and light

Palate/Taste: Orange soda, creamsicle, lemon, jolly ranchers, syrup and sugar

Finish: Short, little warmth, sugar, orange peel, soda, lemon, antifreeze

Thoughts: There’s so much crap in here I don’t think it’s actually rum, pretty nasty. More of a liquor than anything else.

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

Santa Teresa 1796

Santa Teresa 1796

Price: $35 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Santa Teresa

Region: Venezuela

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: NAS, Solera

Cask Type: American white oak and French Limousine oak

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed, likely

Additives used: Yes


Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sweet maple syrup, coconut, tropical fruit, vanilla, butter

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: creamy, butterscotch, dried banana, oak, coffee, and citrus

Finish: Warm, medium length, oak tannins, pepper, vanilla, and dried fruits

Thoughts: Less sweet than Diplomatico, but in a similar style. If you enjoy dosed rums it’s a good buy, but if you don’t like El dorado or Diplomatico I would steer clear.

Score: 80 out of 100

 

Foursquare Dominus

Foursquare Dominus

Price: $75 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Foursquare

Region: Barbados

56% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 10 Years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and ex-cognac

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: No


Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Heavy ginger, dried fruits, floral cognac, tangy molasses, oak, and cloves

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and oily

Palate/Taste: Rich tropical fruits, molasses, cognac, caramel, marzipan, white raisins

Finish: Warm, medium length, citrusy, coffee, oak, bourbon cream, Riesling, demenera sugar

Thoughts: Unlike the Foursquare Citerion which didn’t show much of the wine cask influence I can clearly tell the cognac influence on this. I don’t think it was better than last year’s zinfandel cask though, especially for the rarity and price.

Score: 83 out of 100

Ultimatum Fiji 12 Year

Ultimatum Fiji 12

Price: $45 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: South Pacific Rum Distillery / The Little Distiller

Region: Fiji

46% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 12 years, distilled 2004

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: No


Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: A bit of gasoline and papaya. Grapefruit, sharp oak, and banana

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Pepper, leather, sharp and rubbery, vanilla and oak with spices

Finish: Warm and medium length, solvents, leather, tobacco, oak, and pepper

Thoughts: A very spicy rum with a lot of sharpness on my palate. This one’s not to my personal taste.

Score: 74 out of 100

Kill Devil 2001 15-Year Diamond

Kill Devil 2001 15 Diamond

Price: $105 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Diamond / Hunter Laing

Region: Guyana

61% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 15 years, distilled 2001

Cask Type: Undisclosed

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: No


Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glenciarn

Nose: Leathery pepper, grilled banana, tropical fruit, brown sugar, grilling rub

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, dry

Palate/Taste: Leather, pepper, oak, chili, green pepper, molasses, toasted mango

Finish: Dry and warm, long finish. Earthy with a bit of tar. Oak, pepper, peach, and mango

Thoughts: This is one of the most unique rums I have tried and the flavors really go all over the place without feeling disjointed or random. A big contrast with how spicy it is compared to the sweet El Dorados that are more readily available.

Score: 81 out of 100