Color: Medium amber, brand new copper penny color with teardrops all around the glass basically refusing to morph into legs.
Nose: Vanilla extract, brown sugar simple syrup and butter tablets. Cola, ginger molasses cookies and coconut cream pie. After adding some water it's way more approachable and fruity: Mango slices, fresh pineapple rings and baby bananas.
Palate: Quite hot at this abv. Pine honey, rosemary leaves and pipe tobacco. A few drops of water works like magic: Coconut water, caramel brittles and cinnamon. Maple candies, cream soda and ice wine. Light and thin on the palate but in the best possible way. Silky mouthfeel and easier to imbibe at this slightly lower abv.
Finish: Medium with maple syrup, cookie dough and cinnamon.
Overall: I couldn't find any notes about other Belizean rums I tasted before in my notebooks and I don't remember if any of them were from Travellers Distillery or not but I clearly remember tasting a few from Cadenhead's before and liking them a lot. This particular one didn't surprise as well... It's incredibly balanced, fruity and tropical. Easy to sip by its own with a couple of ice cubes but I also see the potential of how it would shine in any classic cocktail with the help of its high abv. It's definitely a great rum to release as your first. A guaranteed crowd pleaser... I better pay more attention to Belizean rums.