Appearance: Dark amber Nose: Dark, musty, very estery (fermented fruit, glue), with notes of cola, myrtle and bergamot tea.Palate: Viscous sugarcane molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, dried raisins, and a slightly toasted and bitter background which hints at herbal notes (black tea and gentian root). Dark and sweet at the same time.Finish: Endless interplay between the herbal bitterish character and the sugary sweetness. Ultimately sweet, almost syrupy and slightly winey, like vermouth.Comment: A heavy Demerara, with its evident sugary sweetness, but also very dark, estery and aromatic.Suggested match: Valrhona Abinao 85%, a powerful, dark and tannic chocolate from African plantations, ideal for matching sweet, powerful and complex rums.
Appearance: Transparent, crystal clear. Nose: Initial maritime attack, with slightly sour notes: green olives in brine, yoghurt, wet grass. All the vegetable notes of sugarcane, with a fresh and bal- samic touch. Palate: Robust but rounded, with the sweetness of the canes on the forefront, then growing on spicy and balsamic notes: mint, liquorice, cinnamon, white pepper. A hint of the vegetable and salty notes found at the nose.Finish: Clean, peppery and vegetal. High persistence on notes of liquorice root.Comment: Perfect for cocktails (maybe with a drop of vermouth), but its smoothness makes it interesting and not aggressive at all even straight or simply with ice cubes. Refreshing and minty.Suggested match: Valrhona Caraibe 66%, or another dark chocolate with high cocoa content and big mouthfeel.
Appearance: Dark gold, with apricot nuances. Nose: Deep, balsamic, with notes of camphor and the typical estery Jamaican “funk”. Cane sugar, some fermented and winey notes. Palate: Identical to the nose, but also with notes of wood resin, pine needles, black pepper, and a hint of flour. There is a background sweetness, but the overall impression is dry and spicy. Raisins, old wood.Finish: Hot, peppery, lively. The “funky” Jamaican note lingers on the tongue for a long time.Comment: A robust Jamaican rum, very aromatic and spicy, but made gentler and rounder by the winey and raisiny influence of the sherry casks.Suggested match: Valrhona Caraibe 66%, a dark and intense but vel- vety chocolate from the Caribbean, the same area of origin of the rum. The pairing with the Jamaica 5yo rum brings out intriguing notes of amaretto.
Appearance: Shiny and crystal clear. Nose: Incredible aromatic impact from the esters due to the long and slow fermentation: glue, green bananas, wood polish, and a slightly sour note. Palate: Intense, explosive, but not sharp. Like the nose, but sweeter. Notes of pepper, green olives, and then it turns vegetal: aromatic herbs, palm leaves, freshly sawed wood.Finish: Persistent, almost endless. It retains notes of glue and green vegetables, with a suggestion of smoke, grappa and tequila.Comment: A new entry for Rum Nation, a mindblowingly intense and characterful rum, capable of bringing personality to every cocktail but also delicious for sipping.Suggested match: Valrhona Caraibe 66%, a dark and intense but velvety chocolate from the Caribbean, the same area of origin of the rum.