Review #812 | /r/Rum Review #30 – Fortuitous Union
The Schtick: Fortuitous Union is a blend of Trinidad rum and cask strength rye, finished in a bourbon barrel and bottled at 103 proof. The rum was 12 years old and the rye was 5 years old, when they were blended together by accident at at their bottling facility. This is their first release.
Bottler: Fortuitous Union
ABV: 51.5% ABV
Bottle: One of 1650
Nose: Caramel, sugary fruits, melon, clove,
Taste: Thin to medium mouth feel. No heat. Banana, molasses, rye spices and clove. Faint melon. Brown sugar.
Finish: Short, grows hot and spicy. Anise, minty brown sugar.
Overall: Complex and interesting but thin and a bit hot for what it is trying to be. Overall, I think that there is a lot of potential here, but I don’t know if rye is a great companion to most rum profiles. You can count me in the crowd that is disappointed that this wasn’t bottled as planned – as a 12yr rum finished in undisclosed KY bourbon barrels – but I found this to be alright, all the same.
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