Ultimate Beverage Challenge 94 points - Pristine clarity. Compelling aromas of wood sap, egg cream and spice delight the olfactory sense. Flavor profile is jam-packed with cinnamon, vanilla, molasses and prune tastes that ignite the taste buds. Creamy aftertaste. (Mar 2012)
Aside from its origins, our Master Blender Arnaud de Trabuc was keenly aware of the publicís newfound appreciation for spirits with character. Using aged Trinidadian rum as the backbone for his new product, he layered the spirit with high toned aged Barbados rums, heavier post-distilled Jamaican Rums, earthy Guyanese rums and the spicy spirit of the former Dutch colony of Batavia. Over twenty rums sourced independently were blended to achieve the final product.
Rums stored in former Bourbon barrels, are typically color corrected to minimize irregularities from batch to batch. Instead of adding caramel to color correct each bottling. Arnaud decided to charcoal filter the blend, as is typically done with young white rums. The filtration process stripped the amber rum of its color, but preserved the grassy, tropical, fruity aromas that fill the room when you pour yourself a taste.