Four aged rums from Trinidad, Guyana and Venezuela
| 12 Nov 2012 |
Berry Bros. & Rudd 12 y.o., 46% (Caroni, Trinidad):
Without water the nose is a little prickly and the palate a little harsh, so I add a drop. The nose is powerful and quite oaky
yet rather nice. Complex with notes of gingerbread, brown sugar and dried fruits, also a little earthy. The palate is rich,
sweet and rather oaky. Also earthy but with nice notes of orange, brown sugar and mint. The finish has gingerbread and
mint but it's hot, spicy and quite oaky. Disappointing. All in all it's rich and powerful. Very oaky which makes it seem much
older than 12 years but also makes it dry and peppery.
El Dorado 12 y.o. (Guyana):
The nose has caramelized sugar, dried fruits (figs, dates), oak and a note of arrack. Also a little earthy, unfortunately.
Yummy palate: rich, sweet, fruity (orange and apricot marmalade) and oaky. Develops notes of mint and dark chocolate.
The finish is fairly dry and oaky with brown sugar and gingerbread, also notes of citrus and mint. It's milder than it was
a few years ago but just as nice.
Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva, 12 y.o. (Venezuela):
Complex nose with crème brûlée, cocoa and mint. Also herbal and oaky. The palate is smooth, very mild and very sweet
but the sweetness is nicely offset by fresh notes of mint, lemon and custard. Drying, develops notes of oak and allspice.
Very nice finish with caramelized sugar, oak and a note of gingerbread. All in all very nice but perhaps a little too sweet.
(The nose is much nicer now than when the bottle was first opened a few months ago - then it had strange notes of
pickled gherkins and tequila.)
Pampero Aniversario (Venezuela):
The nose is predominantly oaky and a little earthy but it also has very nice, subtle notes of brown sugar, dark
chocolate and leather. The palate is mild and smooth with dried fruits and peppermint. It's light and sweet at first, then
drying, grows richer and more powerful. Develops notes of oak and gingerbread. The finish is fairly dry with oak, tobacco
and brown sugar. All in all smooth and beautifully balanced, complex and very nice.
This is the nicest, youngest and cheapest of the four. Brilliant!
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