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1423 Single Barrel Selection - Jamaica 2007 (11 yo) - 59% abv.

Updated: Dec 27, 2018

Rum-Review-A-Day: Day 17 - 1423 Single Barrel Selection - Jamaica 2007 (11 yo) - 59% abv.

Yet another new release from 1423 in Denmark, this time the Jamaica 2007. Distilled at Moneymusk, which is owned by the National Rums of Jamaica who also are whole or partial owners of Long Pond, Clarendon and Innswood aging facility. While Jamaica is often associated with heavy high-ester funk, rums from pure single pots from Moneymusk often have a somewhat subdued funk when compared to other heavy hitters such as Longpond, Hampden or Worthy Park. This particular rum was bottled in 2018, making it 11 years old, of which the final 2 years were spent in PX Sherry Casks. It was bottled at cask strength of 59% abv., which yielded a total of 241 bottles.

On the nose - I always love it when I put my nose in a glass and I instantly know that this is something different. Something that will stand out. Something that brings up memories and takes me to a place. This is one of those rums! It is VERY earthy! It starts with mushrooms - dried shiitake mushrooms, like the ones you use to make a umami bomb Ramen broth. This is followed by damp wet leaves, soil, rotting wood from fallen trees and wet moss. It just instantly puts me in a forest. That is to say if the forest was also filled with old car tires and black sticky motor oil. Some peppery notes that almost seem a bit smoked, like cayenne pepper mixed with smoked paprika - both giving off a slightly newspaper-like dryness. This meshes nicely with the oak notes. Not a whole lot of vanilla going on, but more an oaky, oxidised almondy-nuttiness that likely reflects the time spent in the PX Casks - come to think of it, the PX may also be contributing to the mushrooms I mentioned at the start. Finally, let's just add a dash of apple-cinnamon to the mix and we’re pretty much there!

On the palate, mushrooms again! Boiled shiitake with crushed black pepper. Something almost fatty/buttery and umami at the same time - think crispy salted chicken skin. Grilled meats. Charcoal. This stuff somehow really does remind me of a delicious bowl of ramen! Burnt rubber and petrol are also major players here. Dry oak, cloves and birch tree bark. Tobacco. Slight vanilla. Bitter almonds. Compared to the nose, there is more fruitiness happening on the palate - cherries, plums, apples, hints of pineapple and guava. The fruit profile here does have a certain funkiness to it that would take me to Jamaica, although it is definitely the dark oxidised fruit of the PX Cask that shines through.

The mouth feel is fairly oily and quite warm. Finish is long. Starts salty mushroom, moves through the petrol and back to smokey mushroom again...Very different. Interesting. Makes you think. I like it.

Once again, great job by 1423 on this release!

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