The Schtick: “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.
Privateer’s Queen’s Share rum is made from the richest cuts of our rum distillation. In every distillation there are traditionally three main cuts. The “heads”, harsh alcohols unwanted in your final spirit cut, come off of the still first. The “hearts” follow; this is the flavorful rum that is collected and bottled as Privateer Silver Reserve & Privateer Amber. Lastly, the “tails” cut is made to separate the hearts from the bitter alcohols at the end of the still run.
However, as the hearts run is approaching the tails cut, the spirit becomes more powerful and flavorful. Even once these tails have overpowered the hearts and we’ve made our cut, some of these rich hearts are still intertwined with the bitter tails. At this stage, our distillers collect a fourth cut- a blend of rich hearts mixed with tails otherwise known as the “seconds”. These small amounts are collected over many runs and redistilled together, liberating the hearts. This creates a single batch, single barrel expression of Queen’s Share rum. We have been distilling and aging Queen’s Share for four years and are happy to say she is finally ready to meet you.” – Privateer Website
Distiller: Privateer (Ipswitch, MA)
ABV: 54.5% ABV
Nose: Honey, ethanol, lemon candies. Lightly musty, sweet confectioners sugar. Not super rich, or robust.
Taste: Musty, sweet sugar. Faint molasses. High proof, and it’s evident. Werther’s candies, light confectioners sugar. Not super rich mouth feel. Candied apples, faint banana, sweet, hot.
Finish: Short, hot, caramel, grain, some apple.
Overall: This was a bit of a let down overall compared to the other privateer releases I have had. It was generally thin, far too hot, and didn’t really back up that heat with viscosity or robust flavors.
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Other Privateer Expressions I Have Reviewed:
- Privateer Navy Yard
- Privateer Distiller’s Drawer Single Cask: The Iron Dram
- Privateer Distiller’s Drawer Single Cask: Harvest Nectar
- Privateer Distiller’s Drawer Single Cask: Thief and Hammer