Review #812 – Fortuitous Union Cask Strength Blended Rum

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.


Distiller: Blend

Bottler: Fortuitous Union

ABV: 51.5% ABV

Age: NAS

Bottle: One of 1650

Source: Sample


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.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 4


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