2020: XXX r/Rum Series: XXX/Four, XXX/Five and XXX/Six Tasting Notes


Greetings, r/rum and happy almost Friday!

Last week I announced the XXX/Four, XXX/Five and XXX/Six rums. Today I am here to bring you the complete tasting panel notes for the three rums we selected, so that you may all see what you are in for. 

As a reminder, chapters 4, 5 and 6 are:

  • XXX/Four will be a single cask rum from Fiji, distilled in 2004 and bottled at 66.8% ABV. It was distilled using a pot still at South Pacific from molasses, aged in the Philippines until 2016, finished in American oak cask #3 in England and bottled on 8th of January 2020. The yield is 214 bottles, and there is no filtering, coloring or additives of any kind. No bullshit as always. 
  • XXX/Five will be a bottling of rum from Jamaica that is two years old and bottled at 65% ABV. It was distilled from molasses in Saint Catherine, Jamaica using a pot still, aged for 2 years in Jamaica and bottled on 1.9.2020. Chemical analysis reveals ester counts at 67.7 g/hLAA, and total volatile substance counts of 529.8 g/hLAA. The yield is 400 bottles, and there is no filtering, coloring or additives of any kind. No bullshit as always.
  • XXX/Six will be a bottling of rum from Mauritius, distilled in 2010 and bottled at 67.2% ABV. It was distilled from cane juice, using a column still in Mauritius,aged in oak casks in Mauritius until the start of 2018 and finished in first-fill Bourbon cask #2 in England. The yield is 260 bottles, and there is no filtering, coloring or additives of any kind. No bullshit as always.

and here are their tasting notes:


XXX/Four:

UsernameNoseTasteFinishOverall
tjwSalted caramel, nail polish, sweet oak, yeasty bread doughDusty books, mildew, sushi roll, saw dustMildew, tropical fruits, dirt, new oakNot bad, not great. About middle of the road. While the tasting notes seem bad, its‚ not bad. Heavy old book taste.
TheAgaveFairyCompared to some others in the run that were a similar style, at first there‚’ almost a light grassy initial smell but then you get that rich vanilla core, the really classic profile grows. Spices, nuts, citrus, touches of mocha, coconut, caramel.Warm entry, super classic event, texture is just where it needs to be.Tinge of peppermint, decent length, balanced.Not the most exciting, but damn solid. A very good ‚ its just a want a rum pour. I wonder if it is DDL or somebody cool like that.
G-ListVarnish, pine, a little creosote on top of rich brown sugarWarm, thick, sweet. Spices, sweet and planty like chewing on sugar caneOak, cherry syrupLots of body and just a hint of grassy funk. Cane juice style?
Whiskey CuratorCaramel, clove cigars, fake banana, chocolate, stone fruit, leather conditioner, sweet oak, chocolate, grapesOverwhelming brown sugar, marshmallow, pecan pie, oven roasted wood chips, black pepper, earthy funkDry, sweet, oak, cigar, sherryVery sweet nose, with an assortment of toasted sweets, baked goods with a solid followthrough on the nose. Guessing Barbados or Trinidad
PwnedapandaVanilla and caramel. Almost no funk. Very sweet nose. Bananas.Classic, nutmeg, caramel, apples, pear, guava. Some rubber, more sweet.Pretty bland, hints of vanilla. Some apple again. Banana bread.While the finish fell a little flat, this was by far my favorite of the whole group. I like things to be more on the sweet side vs. funky, and I found that here, along with very rich flavor.
RustyRich, Full, Candy SyrupLittle hot, sweet, bright, good fruit funkmedium long, warmvery good but not special
t8keHoney, molasses, ethanol and lime. Nice orange note. Some tobacco, wood shavings. Light mango but not impressively fruity.Really delicious. Medium mouth feel. Some heat. Molasses, oak, bourbon, vanilla. Cinnamon. Toffee, mango and light papaya. Some oak.Growing heat. Hot hot hot. Super bourbon-y. Reminds me of XXX:One and Barbados distillate. Oak, maple, vanilla, honey, some cherry. Would believe it was Stagg Jr on the right day.I like this, and it’s darn good rum, but it’s not something I think I’d reach for that often.
CojirobFresh sugarcane juice, orange juice, papaya, pineapple juice, sugar cookie, rain soaked slate, bare hint of rubber, public pool chlorine air, caramel Stroopwafle.Very sweet, melted rock candy, caramel corn, slightly stale pressed sugarcane juice, barrel char influence, generic wood.Big dose of peppery heat, a little bit of astringency, ginger, black pepper, cola, corn oil, barrel char, bitter wood, generic herbs, leather wallet, stale vanilla.Solid, although this seems very similar/identical to #1, slightly lacking in depth, it seems like a younger rum aged in ex-bourbon barrels. The finish is a bit hot as well.
stormstaticHas that aged agricole nose ‚’ì vanilla, orange peel, caramel, a touch of grass and hay, some acetone and red fruit.Whoa, big boy. Floral and not super rich ‚’ì honey, fresh flowers, elderberries, spicy rye.Big and long. This is a punchy one.This is objectively high quality but not really my style.
AnxstMolasses, vanilla, calendula, warm copper/metallic.Sweet vanilla, maple syrup, golden syrup, red berries, allspice, peaches, mango, cashew, strawberry jam.Warm baking spices, cinnamon, dry grass, clove, honey.Complex. A lot going on. Very hot, water tamed it well.
Texacerlight strawberry and marshmallow cerealfruit, marshmallows, mango, sweet and juicy. honey, caramel and cocoalongwonderful
Tarquin_UnderspoonVanilla bean, toasted marshmallow, maple sugar, snickerdoodle cookies, toasted coconut, oak, funnel cake, allspice.Vanilla bean, maple sugar, candied orange peel, Mexican coconut candy, toffee, cocoa nibs, allspice, salted caramel, sweet basil, oak.Somewhat longer than average. Vanilla bean, Demerara sugar, cocoa nibs, maple sugar, toasted coconut, allspice, marshmallows, candied orange peel, dried apricots, sweet basil.Sample four is a tad frustrating to me. On one hand, it features a rich, fat, satisfying palate and finish, reminiscent of some of the better Barbadian rums that I‚’ve sampled. On the other, the nose is a tad closed off, even after the addition of a little water, and the entire experience is a couple notches too cloyingly sweet and vanilla-y for my tastes. I suspect that this pick will appeal more to the hard-core Foursquare fans than to a funk-fiend like myself.
HomeBarGirlTasted in NEAT glass. Let sit for 5 mins, nosing throughout. Lightly grassy. Mid-level, golden molasses. Apple! Not green apple, but bright, juicy, lightly tart apple. Why am I also getting grape notes? Some stones and minerals.Char, black pepper, spices, incredibly hot. wide fruity shit. a really nice caramel hit though the middle. salted caramel? Wow this is delicious. dried flakey cereal in the wide second sip. I mean, like, holy shit this is hot. But also such an enjoyable taste. so many different flavors, so many exciting sensations in my mouth.hot, fruity, cereal in the width, minerals underneath, dry grasses running through. also dry digestive biscuits. lingering stone fruits.fun. fuck yeah. really fun, lively and killer experience. Tasted again 20 mins later and FUCK YEAH. I want it in my life.
xreekinghavocxprominent artificial something, canned jackfruit, diluted cranberry juicesyrupy! a kind of savory almost licorice note, grape and plum and strawberry reduction, ginger beermore strawberry syrupYum. I’m not entirely sure what to make of this one; would be happy to drink more of it. 55% ABV, 8-10 years old?

XXX/Five:

UsernameNoseTasteFinishOverall
tjwButter rum lifesavers, old warehouse, sourdough, marshmallow, runny caramelPapaya, runny caramel, leather, superballPapaya, tropical fruitsPretty good for a light rum. Seems more like a dark rum. Flavors are nice and alcohol heat is high.
TheAgaveFairyEsters! Mangoes, vanilla, nutmeg, lemon swath, aromatic, touch of herbal, starfruit, blossom.A goofy tinge of marshmallow on the entry, esters driving the main event.A touch tannic and evolving, cinnamon and strawberries.I think a more neutral cask here. Full, but a little hot. Sold Jamaican.
RustyPleasant, rounded, standard rumSugar, varnish, mild funksolid funk that continues to giveits good, and gets better as it opens up
G-ListEsters, butterscotch, hint of spearmintMetallic ester tang, astringent, pencil eraserLight smoke and rubberLightly aged midester Jamaican? Not punchy enough to hit the mark of Hampden LROK or similar, not sweet enough to give a good balance either.
Whiskey CuratorAged cheddar, sugar cane, funk, unripened mangos, bergamot, wet leaves, cotton candyFloral, hibiscus, honey, green grapes, pandan, funk, marshmallow, pineLong, pine, honeyPleasant agricole style rum with a very nice sweet floral nose, backed up completely with a palate follow through.
PwnedapandaBack to dry funk. Papyrus, waxy. Hints of ash.More candles. Waxy funk, fairly boring.Did this just vanish? Little bits of citrus.The dry, waxy character of this was interesting, but it had almost no finish whatsoever, and I that really killed it.
t8keSalted caramel, melon, honey, lemon and a great molasses note. Banana, pepper, tobacco and a light funk only adds to the bouquet.Medium mouth feel. Oak, honey, light funk and pepper. Pipe tobacco, sweet sweet molasses, almost a sherry or madeira note. Nice and wine forward to blend with caramel and oak. Ethanol grows with time but nicely.Short but delightful. Complex, loaded with molasses honey, light melon and pineapple funk. Bright, complex, effervescent. Big fan of this,.This may be my ace in the hole. I love this one.
CojirobPrickly sugarcane funk, sour cactus fruit, pineapple, papaya skin, orange rind, orange juice, caramel cream chews, pink fondant frosting, sherbet fruit punch.: Fresh cut pineapple, spicy pepper, milk chocolate, dry wood.Strong, hot and punishing finish with a surge of astringency and peppery burning spice. Simmers down to dry wood, herbal throat lozenge, dried fish, Christmas strawberry hard candy.It’s a fine run, though a bit generic and plain. The finish is again unforgivingly punishing, detracting from the overall enjoyment of this one. In fact this is fairly similar to sample 5.
stormstaticBack to funkland. Pineapple, banana, marshmallow. Love this smell, I just stuck my nose so far into the glass that it got wet. I want to bathe in this smell. Golden and beautiful, funky sunshine.Doesn’t disappoint, following the nose. Nice chewy mouthfeel, esters bouncing around everywhere. Pecan pie, crayons, banana bread, oatmeal cookies, dark chocolate covered coffee beans.The only disappointing part of this rum. Pretty short, unmiraculous finish.Probably my favorite so far. Has a Jamaican-style funk without feeling…too Jamaican if that makes any sense, which it doesn’t. Lots of deep, rich dessert-like notes, surprisingly considering it looks on the younger side. Big fan.
Tarquin_UnderspoonCreamy vanilla, cardamom pods, sandalwood, allspice, cantaloupe, toasted almonds, molasses, sourdough bread, chlorine, wintergreen, creamed corn.Creamy vanilla, sandalwood, molasses, wintergreen, medicinal funk, star anise, clove, sourdough bread, dried pineapple, dried apple slices, chili mango.Creamy vanilla, molasses, wintergreen, star anise, dried pineapple, medicinal funk, apple dumplings, almond butter, sandalwood, pickled onions.Sample 9 reads like a rather typical English pure-pot-still molasses rum. There‚is nothing wrong with it, per se, but it‚is a touch too thin all around, and it lacks any characteristics that might cause it to stand out from the indie-bottled Demeraras or St. Lucias that are already on the market. In other words, it‚Äôs good but not great. And we‚Äôre looking for greatness here, so I‚Äôll bestow a middling score upon it and leave it at that.
HomeBarGirlTasted in NEAT glass. Let sit for 5 mins, nosing throughout. Smells like we back in Jamaica? Or some kind of dunder funk. Hella fruity. Hella pungent. Bread. Yeasty. Dry crackers, dry grasses, Bright fruit throughout. Light caramel, lightly burnt sugar coming through at the end. A bit of minerals.oh shit. This is absolutely delightful. Its light, bright, briny, fun, a bit of honey, a lot of grassy notes, I love this.fruity, a bit sweet, a lot of grass, light and delightful.Love this. Want this.
AnxstClover, minerals, orange peel, mango, earth, magnolia, bergamot.honey, sugared limes, wet stone/mineral, mango, hibiscus. Floral.Citrus, fresh cut birch, honeyed flowers.This was pretty fantastic. Light and airy, fairly floral, the earth/mineral flavors balanced it.
xreekinghavocxpungent and funky. grape ester, banana ester, styrene, sauternes-cask tropical fruitinesselmer’s glue, jackfruit, lychee, salted caramelcrunchy, fades to bubblegumdelicious
Texacertart fruit, sandlewood, beachy, raspberry jammarshmallow and mango jam. heat on the end, bit of bunk, molassesmediumits okay

XXX/Six:

UsernameNoseTasteFinishOverall
tjwLemon bars, dried prunes, cotton candy, aged meatsDried pineapple, fruitcake, dried apricotDried apricotGood, and very different. Apricot is heavy, as is the dried pineapple. Really takes you to an island paradise.
TheAgaveFairyMore agricole! Sharper orange and cinammon, with a little roobois ‚aPike Place tea throwbacks. Earthy tropical fruits, a touch of sour pineapple, green peppercorns.Reminds me a lot of Neisson, much more spices here than the nose ‚Äì fascinating.Great development, long, complex.Fuck yea, again, reminds me of why I like Neissons. The discord (ha) between the nose and palate regarding spices is really interesting.
RustyWhat the fuck is this? wet. cardboard. particle board.no. dusty, bad funk, not rummydusty. medium length.This is terrible rum or very good agricole… but i aint in the mood for agricole
G-ListMenthol, eucalyptus, brown listerine, cheap movie theater popcornAshy scotch, listerine, toothpaste, chalky root beer candyBurnt corn, ashesOoh wow I did not like this. Bitter, ashy, medicinal, and not the good kind like you want. The Malort of rum.
Whiskey CuratorCurry, coconut, peanuts, pandan, medicinal, grape cough syrup, coriander, plasticHot, savory taffy, Brazil nuts, tobacco, lime peelLeather, oily, astringent, long, savoryThis reminds me of half the street food I had in Thailand on the nose, the palate is kind of a savory bomb of not so great combinations.
PwnedapandaCereal grains. Honey comb, peppery, a little mint.Honey, candles, fake cinnamon. Sour. Over ripe citrus.Cardboard. Pencil shavings. Honey.This was again interesting in breadth of flavor, not necessarily depth. There was a bit going on, but it fell off fast.
t8keNutty sweetness. Almost amaretto like. Pipe tobacco. Sweet confectioners sugar. Melon. Light root beer.Sweet and grassy, Also weirdly cinnamon forward. Super grassy. Really weird and herbal. Agricole, is dis u?Short, but powerful. Minty, herbal, funky, it’s all there.Wild, insane, grassy, cane I have to imagine. This will be a love hate for sure
CojirobSweet and sanguine with honeydew melon, agave syrup, green grapes, bare hint of spearmint and pine, medicinal licorice, beef fat, slight rubbing alcohol when nosing too deep, raw animal pelt funkiness, caramel hard candies.Dry and light mouthfeel, muted sweetness, dry oak, chili pepper spiciness, caramel chews, corn silk.Medium amount of astringency, warming, rancid animal fat, very drying, oak barrel, grape skin, BBQ chicken, vinyl, just a bit floral.Ok, its not the most complex of rums in the list, but it is a very unique one. The opening nose causes a lot of expectation with its sweet and green fruit notes, while the taste is off in some other direction with its light, dry and slightly spicy qualities. The finish keeps with the taste but inserts a big dose of sugarcane funk in the rancid animal fat, cured pelt type taste, which thankfully quickly fades away leaving the remaining flavors. Really very interesting.
stormstaticPretty faint nose, not getting a lot at first. A little SE asian notes ‚Ä쬆lemongrass, coconut, spice. Some plastic. Not getting much else.Significantly more flavorful than the nose let on. Again this one tastes a bit like cane juice, or maybe a blend of cane and molasses. Candied ginger, nutmeg, spice cake.Pretty nice finish, the christmassy spice cake lingers.Above average but that’s about it. Missing some depth of flavor, for me.
Tarquin_UnderspoonBrine, creamy vanilla, wet stone, Japanese pickles, fennel bulb, fresh watermelon, wallpaper paste, wilted spinach, passionfruit, green papaya.Brine, Rose’s lime juice, sweet vinegar drink, apple cider, fennel bulb, glue, star anise, kumquat skin, coriander seed, creamy vanilla, Bartlett pears.Average length. Brine, wild raspberries, apple cider, star anise, key lime, wet stone, peppermint, Juicy Fruit gum, Sichuan peppercorn, fresh cucumber.Sample 8 is another strange one, but in more pleasing ways than 7. The nose is a bit shy at first, but it creeps up on you with increasing complexity. The palate manages to hit some stunning acidic high notes, and the finish Рafter a burst of sweetness Рrecedes into a unique, oddly cooling aftershock. It’s far from perfect, but its character is thoroughly agreeable despite its flaws.
HomeBarGirlAGRICOLEEEEEEEEEEE. PLANTS! PLANTS! PLANTS! PLANTS! Loads of minerals. Is this from Haiti or perhaps Marie Galante (Nah, there wouldn‚ be bits in it from MG).red fruity, funky planty, yes, yes, yes, yes. I love this. Getting some kind of weird vanilla and light aging notes? Is this new Spirit of Haiti Velier Clairin aged at Berling?Um, there are bits in this Rum. BLACK BITS. What is this unfiltered shit I am putting in my body? Haha. This must be from Haiti? Haha. I love it.
AnxstGrassy. Taffy. Lime leaves, cotton candy, faint rubber.A rush of alcoholic sugar. Charred plastic, chemicals, grassy sweetness, burnt marshmallow.Splenda and mown hay.Too artificial tasting for me, did not enjoy.
xreekinghavocxdifferently sour than seven – more like a geuze but also like a compost bin, very CO2 heavy, some kind of jellied fruit candytaste is like the smell of some kind of incense – jasmine?, jalapeno, light sourness again, sugar cubesgeuze againenjoyable, but like 7, seems too odd for a pick we would all feel proud of
Texacerasphalt, funk, tropical, cumin, soursour sugar, decay, bittersweet, woodtoo longnot a fan

Labels!


Reminder: on Friday, January 31st, the bottles will be available for sale. Pricing structure is as follows:

  • XXX/Four: Fiji 2004: 99 EUR / 79.2 EUR (ex. VAT) / $88 USD
  • XXX/Five: Jamaican 2yr: 39 EUR / 31.2 EUR (ex. VAT) / $35 USD
  • XXX/Six: Mauritius 2010: 69 EUR / 55.2 EUR (ex. VAT) / $60 USD 

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As usual, I will be active in the comments, alongside Jonas from Fine Drams if you have any questions. I am beyond excited to unveil the next chapter(s) in the XXX Rum Series to you all today, and hope that you will enjoy them as much as we all did. 

Thanks,

–t8ke


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