Color: Deep yellow gold, Sauternes wine color with very persistent small teardrops around the glass eventually forming slow moving and thin legs.
Nose: Beautifully funky... Diesel fuel, latex gloves and stone fruit pits. Canned pineapple rings, dried papaya and ground ginger. A few drops of water add dried flowers and fresh green herbs. Car tyres and fireplace ash.
Palate: Pretty hot on the palate at cask strength... Chewing tobacco, black pepper and cooked prunes. With water: It's still peppery but this time more like tri-color peppercorns. Fresh sage leaves, cardamom and rubber hose.
Finish: Long and peppery... Black pepper, red pepper flakes and ground coriander and ground ginger.
Overall: Pretty great... Everything you would expect from a Jamaican rum. Rubbery, funky and fruity. It noses and tastes younger hence the long European aging but that's exactly what you would expect and hope from a relatively high ester rum. At least I do. I think this release is still available around... Thanks to Southern California Whiskey Club and to Michael Ries for the sample.