Mezan Guyana 2005 - 40% abv.
Updated: Dec 27, 2018
Rum-Review-A-Day: Day 12 - Mezan Guyana 2005 - 40% abv.
This Demerara rum (called Demerara due to the region of Guyana alongside the Demerara River where Guyanese rum is produced) is bottled by the UK-based independent bottler Mezan. These bottlers offer a wide range of expressions from around the world, releasing single distillery sourced rum. Their rums are non-sweetened, non-coloured rums often with a light filtration. This specific bottle was sourced from Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), which is the only remaining rum distillery in Guyana. It is produced using a Port Mourant double wooden pot still (only wooden pot still that is still in use for rum production) and was aged for 10 years (continentally) in ex-bourbon casks before being bottled in 2015 at 40% abv.
On the nose I get tropical fruits up front. I always find with Port Mourant rums that there is a certain “funkiness” that is similar to the rotting banana that you find in Jamaica, however here it is a different fruit profile consisting primarily of rotten pineapple and mango. Lots of green notes - green apples, green limes, green bell peppers, asparagus and Brussels sprouts. There is also something meaty that I get here, with iron-like tones reminding me of rare steak. This mixed together with whiffs of coriander and ginger almost make me think of a super fresh bowl of beef Phở. Light oak comes through as well with hints of eucalyptus. Not much on the vanilla and chocolate front, which is nice in this case; really letting the fruity notes punch through. The lack of heavy oak/vanilla notes, also gives the fruit a certain sour/fermented/acidic aspect that would have otherwise been subdued.
The palate is somewhat more oaky and here I am finding light vanilla and white chocolate tones. Lychee with citrus and tart green apples are the main fruit players, with lighter notes of pear and unripe honeydew melon. Malt and charcoal also give it a slight earthiness. The earthiness together with the green notes might sound like it's going towards an agricole feel, but it's far from that - this is more of the green terroir notes that I would expect to find in a young and musty Chilean red wine. This rum also has a quite high level of acidity that makes it both incredibly dry as well as refreshing.
The mouthfeel is thin and quite hot for 40% abv.. The finish is medium-long and leaves me with a lingering taste of dried banana and fresh lychee.
Pretty decent rum considering the abv. and fair cost for a Port Mourant (around €40).