The Schtick: This is a Barbados rum that is aged in Panama and matured in two types of casks. It also appears to leave Barbados, bound for Panama, to see some time in a cognac cask as well.
Overall, this brand is pretty bad about communicating what is distilled and aged where, which isn’t surprising given the provenance of who owns it, but this expression appears to be a true Barbados rum that is shipped and aged in Panama before being shipped to France for bottling, or extra aging. There was some confusion on my previous review of the Perfeccion but I hope that I’ve sorted out the correct information for this release.
Distiller: Undisclosed Barbados Distiller for Maison Ferrand (Barbados)
Bottler: Ferrand (France)
ABV: 40% ABV
Nose: Buttery sweets. Toffee, nutty caramel. Almost a salted caramel feel. Lightly fruity, not super effervescent. More dessert-y with a passion fruit flair.
Taste: Medium to thick, very sweet. Mild heat, but very mild. Buttery, caramel and root beer candies. Bananas, guava and light mango. Lots of caramel and toffee, molasses. Sweet, likely dosed, if only minimally. Proof feels about 43% ABV.
Finish: Short to medium in length, mild heat but then it’s gone. Sweet caramel, maple candies, maple syrup, light tobacco and sweet guava notes. Really focused on the sweet notes.
Overall: I liked this but found it pretty sweet. I’d be pretty confident in calling this dosed, at least minimally. I bet it goes very well in a daiquiri with extra lime. I’m pretty ok guessing this to be 8-10 years, dosed, 40% ABV – 43% ABV and Guyana or Barbados in origin.
Reveal: Another Kaniche! This is their XO Double Wood release. I was pretty close here in general, although I didn’t peg this as being another Ferrand Release. I enjoyed it, I think it’s solid for cocktails but would get a little sweet after a while if enjoyed neat.
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