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William George - Blended white rum - 43% abv.

Updated: Dec 27, 2018

This white rum is a blend from 5 distilleries: four hailing from Jamaica - Hamden, Worthy Park, Clarendon and New Yarmouth. All unaged, high-ester copper pot still rum. The fifth rum in the blend is a 2-3 year, ex-bourbon barrel, low-ester rum from Trinidad (Anogostura distillery) that has been charcoal filtered to give it the clear white shine. This rum clocks in at 317 gr/hlaa of volatiles, meaning that we’ve got a funky one on our hands! This rum is produced by an independent bottler in Amsterdam and is blended through E.A. & Scheer.

On the nose there is no question where the majority of this rum comes from! It sings Jamaica! Heavy overripe banana and sweet mango. Pineapple and creamy papaya. Sharp citrus fruit with some lime but a surprising lemon dominance. There are some other unexpected fruits going on here as well with hints of cherries, peaches and ripe strawberries. The fruits are followed by some grassy elements, although they are not at all one of the main players. Although the nose of this rum is extremely vibrant and fruity, which can be attributed to the high-ester unaged Jamaican funk, the addition of the lightly-aged angostura also makes its mark. Hints of coconut, vanilla and cocoa beans help provide a rounder and slightly sweet character to the rum. I thoroughly enjoy the nose of this juice.

On the palate the fruitiness of the nose definitely carries over. Strong banana mixed with cherries and pineapple. Here, however, the sweeter vanilla and chocolate notes have a more substantial role, with hints of oak peaking through. There are also some floral aspects to this rum, with both dried roses as well as pink rose pepper providing a certain spicy, yet elegant touch to the flavour profile. While the citrus notes are there on the palate they are very much subdued behind the stronger tropical fruits. There are subtle ethanol notes that can be picked up, although for me, these almost blend seamlessly with what jumps out at me as fermenting mangos…and these mangos are there to stay.

The mouthfeel is nicely oily and the finish is pleasantly long and leaves you with sweet mango for as long as it takes you to take another sip.

Elegant and funky white (pretty much Jamaican) rum! Just wish I could try it at a higher abv. (but for me, that goes for most funky white Jamaicans that aren’t bottled at screw-your-mouth-proof).

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