Howdy folks – t8ke here. Recently, a group of fellas, myself included, were given the honor of helping select r/rum’s first rum barrel. We were sent 5 samples, from the bottler and broker, completely blind. Here are my notes from that sampling and the rankings. I also took a stab at guessing the origin of …
Review #873 | /r/Rum Review #42 – Wray and Nephew Jamaican Overproof Rum The Schtick: This is supposedly the best selling rum in Jamaica, garnering over 90% of domestic sales. That said, this is an unaged white rum, bottled at an eye watering 63% ABV. Priced firmly in the “what a steal” category, this makes …
This is an interesting rum product that is produced in India. It bears an age statement of 7 years and is bottled at 40% ABV, so it’s not a win all around. For $17 locally, I decided to give it a go.
This is an unaged, overproofed rum from Privaterr in Ipswitch, MA. It is produced from 100% molasses.
“This cigar-worthy rum has an alluring and perfumed nose that calls to mind nicotiana flowers, leather, and dried orange peel. Upon tasting it, our Head Distiller immediately marked the with “DD,” tagging it as a unique expression that should not be blended, but instead set aside as a perfect example of power, balanced by delicacy. “
“Queen’s Share rum was known to be the best barrels in a distillery & reserved for royalties special occasions. It takes meticulous distilling, additional cut collection, re-distillation, & extended aging to fulfill it’s promise of dense flavor & plush texture. Sadly it became a victim of bottom lines & large volume manufacturing. We take great pride in being a part of this traditional rum’s revival.”
This is another named single barrel, bottled at cask strength, as part of the Distiller’s Drawers releases at Privateer distilling in Ipswitch, MA.
This is a Privateer Single Cask referred to as Harvest Nectar. It is matured in third fill Four Roses casks.
Review #852 | /r/Rum Review #35 – Privateer Distiller’s Drawer: The Iron Dram The Schtick: This is a single barrel, cask strength, release from Privateer in Massachusetts. Distiller: Privateer (Ipswitch, MA) Bottler: Privateer (Ipswitch, MA) ABV: 52% ABV Age: NAS Nose: Floral, honey, nutty, molasses, brown sugar. Not super dense, but pleasant. Fresh baked bread. …
Navy Yard rum is harvested and bottled at cask strength. It is decanted from barrel to bottle meaning exactly what our distiller tastes from their cask sample is exactly what ends up in your bottle.” Definitely not the Cliffs Notes, via Privateer’s Website