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Duncan Taylor Single Cask Rum - Long Pond 2000 (15 yo) - 51.9% abv.

Updated: Dec 27, 2018

Rum-Review-A-Day: Day 5 - Duncan Taylor Single Cask Rum - Long Pond 2000 (15 yo) - 51.9% abv.

Another rum hailing from beautiful Jamaica! This time from Trelawny Parish based distillery Long Pond on the northwestern coast of the island. As with the majority of rums hailing from this region, and this whole island for that matter (with a few exceptions), Long Pond releases some funk heavy high ester Jamaican rums. On a quick detour from the rum itself, Long Pond experienced a fire at the distillery earlier this year, which resulted in the loss of over 75,000 litres of rum…painful loss for the rum world, although getting things up and running again is already in the works , so luckily this won’t be the last bottle of Long Pond I get my hands on! Regarding this specific bottle, it is bottled by the Scottish independent bottling company Duncan Taylor. The rum itself was pot distilled in 2000 and bottled in February 2016. The rum was bottled at cask strength of 51.9%, resulting in a total of 270 bottles.

On the nose you can feel that the abv. is high! It starts with a very nail polish burn that goes from the back of my nose almost all the way down my throat. I like it! Together with the nail polish I get whiffs of white liquid glue mixed with cinnamon and cloves. And a little bit of smokey burnt toast. Equally present are the fruity notes, with strong overripe banana, yellow pear, green apple…and funnily enough asparagus and coconut (could also be the vanilla from the cask). The woodiness is not overpowering for 15 years in Cask. There is also something quite floral, yet sweet, which makes me think of a mixture between potpourri and honey. The more I dig into this, the more I wish I had it both as a hand soap as well as a flavour of ice cream. The ripe banana funkiness lets you know that it's Jamaica, although the funk is not off the charts on this one, and instead the lighter fruit notes are the main players. As a final note, there is a delightful briny/saltiness that invites you to take a sip…and I will!

On the palate…There’s the wood I was waiting for! Along with a lovely mild smokiness that meshes incredibly well with the nail polish and glue. Slight vanilla tones from the oak, although the wood notes are coming more through as spicy here. Again, cloves and cinnamon and perhaps even a hint of nutmeg. A nice nutty bitterness that almost pulls me in the pine nut direction. Definitely something sharp and unripe. Juniper berries mixed with rosemary. The saltiness is also present on the palate, but is almost rich at the same time. Like a very light soy sauce. Fruits - banana, orange peel, pear and apple. These flavours together create quite the bold experience, yet somehow the rum still comes across as light and approachable.

It is hot at 51.9%, although less so than I expected from the nose. Finish is medium leaving you with a light salty pear flavour that I rather enjoy!

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