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The Ultimate - Finest Rum Selection 2006 - 46% abv.

Updated: Dec 26, 2018

The Ultimate - Finest Rum Selection 2006 - 46% abv.

This rum is a combination of a 3 year tropic aged Diamond (Guyana) together with an undisclosed aged pot still Worthy Park. Casks were shipped after aging to Amsterdam, where it was bottled in 2006.

On the nose the first thing that hits me fruit. Firstly, you get whammed by sour green apple! Followed by tropical fruit; Pineapple, mango, papaya. Peaches and apricots. This slowly evolves into citrus notes, which to me are leaning toward tangerine and grapefruit rather than lemon/lime. All this fruit is elegantly intertwined with soft oak and nuttiness. Hints of vanilla and chocolate, but very subtle. Knowing that it is there, the Jamaican funk is lingering in the background, but it is the fruit forward Demerara that’s shining through on this one. For 46%, the alcohol is a little strong for my liking, which not only burns the nose but also takes over what I imagine could be an incredible nose otherwise. I should say that I have had this bottle open just a few times, and the nose has been improving with each new visit.

On the palate the oak is much more evident. Chocolate, coffee and vanilla just explode! Do you remember the crappy “mocha” you could get out of a vending machine during the winter at your local hockey arena? Imagine that without the sweetness. For those of you who don’t know that slightly chemically bitter sweet drink, I guess a regular mocha, heavy on the chocolate and without sweetness will have to do. There is a caramel-apple fruitiness gong on as well, but the tropical fruit and citrus notes are all but gone on the palate. Wow the chocolate! And now some maple and nutty flavours are coming to me, almost like you can get from honey glazed pecan nuts.

The heat is high for 46%, but I think it works well (on the palate at least). The body is a little thin, but the flavours are bright and clear! Finish is medium short and ends with candied-apples dusted in cocoa powder.

I actually didn’t enjoy this one overly much the first couple of times I tried it (which is why I chose this, seeing as the majority of my tasting notes have been selected from my “favourites pile”). But after really spending some time with and digging in to this rum...Dammit, it’s growing on me!

Haven’t tried it yet, but this just screams Rum Old Fashioned...Tomorrow.


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