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Rum Nook: Evaluation 87-89 – Rum Nation Small Batch Uncommon Rums (2016 launch)


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Two bizarre cousins and a fairly stoic uncle.


Introduction

Not that way back DDL and El Dorado issued three single
cask, cask power rums. The primary ever straight from DDL, by DDL themselves.

This marked the start of an period, and across the rum world, whispering was
heard how DDL was now going to kill off the indie bottlers who has been issuing
bottle after bottle of continentally aged, cask power Demeraras (and a
single one who issued tropically aged ones).

Fortunately the rum brokers nonetheless have there grubby arms on a
lot of older Demerara casks, and due to this fact plenty of indie Demeraras are nonetheless popping up everywhere.

Now, Rum Nation isn’t unknown within the sense of issuing
Demeraras.
They’ve had their Demerara No. 14 for some years now,
and so they have additionally had an virtually annual launch of a 20+ 12 months outdated Demerara.
However till lately they haven’t been dealing in cask
power rums, other than a few Caronis and a white Jamaican pot nonetheless
rum.
Then they issued the Supreme Lord VIII – A gargantuan cask
power Monymusk.
And now they’re firing all weapons, and bringing at least
three small batch cask power rums to the market.
As a result of they selected to challenge three Demeraras directly, I
thought it might be enjoyable to assault them in the same method, that I did with the
three El Dorado Uncommon Assortment rums.
Very like their Guyanese competitor, Rum Nation has chosen
to challenge three single nonetheless, single cask rums.
1)   
An 11 12 months outdated Diamond from 2005 bottled at 58,6%
ABV.
2)   
A 14 12 months outdated Enmore from 2002 bottled at 56,8%
ABV.
3)   
A 21 12 months outdated Port Mourant from 1995 bottled at 57,7%
ABV.
Sound good, doesn’t it. The 11 12 months outdated Diamond appears like
one thing I’ve seen 1,000,000 instances earlier than. However a 14 12 months outdated Enmore and
notably the 21 12 months outdated Port Mourant are very, very attention-grabbing.
Nonetheless Diamond, Enmore and Port Mourant are to my data
probably the most generally indie bottled rums from Guyana, so nothing too particular right here.
Yeah, I do know, I’ve been tackling plenty of Rum Nation rums
currently. Nope, they didn’t pay me to do it. I identical to what they do, and so they
have issued plenty of very attention-grabbing merchandise abruptly as of late. So,
that’s why.

Now shut up and browse on.

I solely have samples of those rums, so Google will probably be
supplying the visible information for this paragraph.
For this launch Rum Nation has accomplished one thing refreshing:
Chosen a brand new design. However not so vastly totally different, that it doesn’t nonetheless relate
to the common releases.
The bottle seems to be very a lot the identical because the newer stubby
bottles, however with a barely extra ”techno” closure. Maybe it’s a glass
”cork”, maybe it’s artificial. I’ll must ask Mr. Rossi about that once I
see him in October.

[EDIT]: A form reader defined to me, that the closure is a Vinolok glass thingie, which seals off the bottle utterly, provides off no style or odour, and lets you stack your rums sideways such as you would with wine. I am out of the blue very interested by studying extra about these, and probably getting a bag of them to interchange outdated, damaged corks in my rum assortment.

For the primary time ever the bottles are available tubes. Beige
colored cardboard tubes. With metallic lids.
Aside from the outdated picket bins, this must be my favorite
Rum Nation packaging thus far. Correct packaging simply provides that little further.

The tube is embellished with typical Rum Nation kind graphics
and stamps – and a brand new label with all the suitable data.

Following within the
tracks of CdI, Rum Nation is out of the blue beginning to present all related information
proper there on the label. Nice information everybody! Yr created, 12 months bottled, nonetheless used, origin, power,
cask quantity and bottle quantity.

All in all, I just like the presentation very a lot! It appears
cleaner and extra crisp, than the common Rum Nation look.

Diamond 2005

Picture courtesy of Rum Nation
The well-known double column metallic coffey nonetheless has currently been
a big favorite among the many indies. And for good cause I reckon. I’ve tried
a number of Diamonds alongside the way in which, and so they hardly ever disappoint.

The rum has a pleasant mahogany color. Contemplating its fairly
meagre 11 years of age, it appears darker than I might count on.

Contained in the glass it creates a pleasant seen layer of residue
when twirled. Nothing too thick, however a hoop is rapidly made seen, and slowly
it morphs into small droplets, which descend slowly.
The nostril comes off somewhat skinny.
It does have some good Demerara notes, like massive juicy raisins
and prunes blended with soaking moist, darkish wooden.
There may be some recent grassy undertones, with a giant bag of
spices.
Principally cumin and cloves, but additionally somewhat vanilla and
cinnamon.
After which, probably the most shocking factor of all: a wierd layer
of vodka.
It feels tremendous fishy, and I’ve by no means discovered that observe in a
rum earlier than, however that’s what it jogged my memory of. A slight sharpness and an
monumental journey down reminiscence lane to my youth the place amount beat high quality a minimum of
two nights per week.
Humorous nostril, however fortunately there was some traditional suspects.

Style

Entering into, a few of the notes from the nostril take the lead.
Massive, fats raisins and prunes, together with the cloves, cumin
and soaked wooden.
And that sticks with you for fairly a while, earlier than it
opens as much as show some anise, a splash of vanilla and a giant stick of liquorice.
It does have a sharpness to it, which really feel simply barely
managed. I’m not saying that it’s disagreeable, however it’s not very nice
both.
Might or not it’s the excessive power? Maybe. However I’ve had many
excessive proof rums, which was higher managed.
It’s on no account a foul rum. Not a all. It’s tasty, it’s
pleasurable and it’s good enjoyable. It simply wants somewhat knuckles earlier than it performs
good.

End

Nothing new occurring, simply plenty of the identical outdated at decrease
quantity.
Because the fade kicks in, it feels an increasing number of pleasurable because it
nears the tip.
As if the undesirable components fades faster than the
fascinating ones.
The vodka reference is bizarre. Tremendous bizarre. It doesn’t
destroy the expertise. Quite the opposite really. Fortunately it tastes nothing
like vodka, so I’m not anxious in regards to the high quality in regards to the rum.
Humorous nostril, good tasty and lengthy, nice end.
That is positively an attention-grabbing rum.
Going for round €130 (if yow will discover it), it’s not the
costliest one. Nonetheless there will even be different indie Diamonds obtainable
within the value vary. Will or not it’s single cask? Not essentially. Will or not it’s cask
power? Most likely not. However just a few could also be, and you need to make certain to examine
them out as properly.
This isn’t the very best Diamond I’ve had, so there could also be
higher alternate options on the market.
Nonetheless, as this can be a good rum and certainly an attention-grabbing
drink, it will get a…

Enmore 2002 

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One of the crucial well-known Guyanese stills is the Enmore picket
coffey nonetheless. Usually the supply of an indie rum or two and for my part
usually a giant case of hit and miss.

Recently many of the Enmores I’ve encountered are large baggage
of pencil shavings, and nothing extra.

I’ve nevertheless met a really superior 2002 Enmore at whereas again,
which now rests on my shelf, and will probably be adressed at a later time on the weblog.
Due to this fact I’m trying very a lot ahead to making an attempt this Rum
Nation Enmore 2002 as properly.
The place the Diamond was a darkish mahogany, the Enmore is a
bleached, soiled blond – virtually white – liquid. Twirling it yields acquainted
outcomes. Straightforward flowing, good droplets, blah, blah. The standard pure rum.

Nostril

Okay. Pencils. Boatloads, however somewhat restrained.
Whenever you sit down with it, and permit it to enthrall you,
there may be nonetheless one thing to be found.
Large lime and lemon peels. This rum is big on citrus
notes.
And that’s virtually it. The sunshine woods and the citrus.
The Diamond had that unusual vodka observe.
This citrus a part of the Enmore jogs my memory closely of
lukewarm gin and Schweppes dry lemon. You understand, that half drink, late on the
celebration the place you need to have left an hour in the past. The ice cubes are lengthy gong, and
you’ll be able to’t bear in mind if you had you final sip.
By now you have to be considering that I’m utterly off my
noodle. And for good cause.
I do know it’s insanely laborious to consider, however I’m useless severe.
There may be not a lot range to the nostril of the Enmore, however
it’s fairly the attention-grabbing fellow. There is no such thing as a off notes, and nothing that I
would fairly have accomplished with out. And the unusual notes introduced a smile to my
face.
Proper now I’m simply trying ahead to see the place we’re going
from right here.

Style

Fortunately it didn’t style like stale gin and lemon. That
would have disillusioned me past comprehension. It does nevertheless style loads
like different Enmores I’ve tried.
A great cocktail of pencil shavings, cloves and anise, and a
very distant couple of fruity notes.
It’s nevertheless a really good rum. Though this profile isn’t
my most popular one, it’s evident that we’re coping with a terrific rum.
The pencil shavings are managed, tasty and properly
offered.
It’s spherical, but additionally sizzling as hell due to the excessive proof.
Relatively brief contemplating the power.
The fade brings nothing new, aside from a slight shift in
the stability away from the pencil shaving components. It feels a bit sweeter and a
little extra fruity because it makes its method in direction of the exit.
And it cleans up tremendous properly. 
One more tremendous attention-grabbing rum. Despite the fact that it isn’t my most popular profile, I loved it a
lot.

Maybe the very best bottle of pencil shavings I’ve tried.

The large lime peel on the nostril was one thing new and enjoyable,
and I’m grateful that it didn’t carry over to the palate an excessive amount of.
Offered for €150 it is a little more costly than the Diamond,
and I can see why.
It’s clearly a greater constructed rum. Personally I might go for
the Diamond due to its extra approachable nature with extra traditional notes. However
the Enmore is on no account a canine within the massive image.

If in case you have €150 to spend there may be plenty of choices. However
there isn’t many cask power Enmores obtainable. Should you’re fascinated with the
El Dorado Enmore 1993, you’re looking at a rise in value of €75, in order that
is a barely totally different league.

I lately checked out a Samaroli 1990 Demerara, which additionally
had large pencil shrapnel. However the place the Samaroli felt slender, uncontrolled
and harmful, the RN Enmore is extra rounded, extra managed and fewer of an
I.E.D. The warmth is even saved in examine, and it felt nowhere close to as aggressive
because the a lot older and weaker Samaroli.
Due to this fact it get away with a pleasant…

Port Mourant 1995

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Final however not least, the 21 12 months outdated Port Mourant.

Aaah. Port Mourant. Maybe probably the most well-known of all Guyanese
stills. The double picket pot nonetheless. 

The final one on this planet. In operation
for 1,000,000 years. Made by God on the twelfth day of creation, proper after he
created Adam and Eve, sugar cane, the cane press, yeast and the artwork of
distilling.
Jokes apart, this one is virtually equivalent to the
Diamond in color, which elevated my shock with the Diamond color. The PM
is sort of twice as outdated and virtually the identical color. Unusual.
Should you give it a twirl, it is going to react as you count on. Good
layer, good ring, good droplets, good gravity.

Nostril

Already on the nostril, you will really feel proper at residence.
This can be a very typical Port Mourant.
Heavy in nature, with preliminary notes of darkish wooden, anise,
juice prunes and winey tannins.
I’m questioning the place the large muscle mass of the 57.7% ABV are
hiding.
To this point it feels extra like every other sub 50% Port Mourant,
than a sub 60% beast. However I’ve been stunned up to now, so let’s see what
occurs.
Beneath the traditional Port Mourant profile, there may be additionally some
ripe limes. Juice and peel.
And within the background, somewhat burnt rubber, however nothing to
intimidating.
All the pieces blends collectively in a method which is sensible. A bit
layered, however not separated.
I hope it tastes equally properly.

Style

And there we now have it … the hidden beast!
Wauw! The primary sip virtually tore my head straight off.
Though ”simply” medium profiled, it confirmed me a stage of
flavour and pressure, that needed to be taken significantly.
First the traditional Port Mourant wooden. Excessive on oak, excessive on
tannins, with a giant, juice crimson wine character.
Then got here an unusually massive bag of dried fruits, with
prunes, figs, juicy raisins and apricots.
It feels extra fruity than most different Port Mourants I’ve
tried, and it brings some sweetness to the desk.
Enormous quantities of liquorice. The uncooked and fairly bitter pure
liquorice. Very good.
The one other wave of darkish, heavy wooden, however with out feeling
over oaked.

There is no such thing as a doubt in my thoughts, that this can be a excellent Port
Mourant. It’s tremendous tasty, and feels properly composed, balanced, flavourful and
attention-grabbing.

It dies off a bit too rapidly. Whenever you survive the primary
blast, and also you expertise how tasty it’s, you’ll need it to remain for a really
very long time.
Maybe the bitterness from the liquorice and the tannins
does too good of a job of cleansing up, and sort of jumps the gun a bit.
By no means the much less the fade continues to be very tasty, and brings out
somewhat of the lime-features from the nostril.

Ranking

That is by far my favorite amongst these three new cask
power Demeraras.
Rather more tasty and rather more properly composed than the Diamond
and the Enmore.
No humorous stuff, only a nice, outdated Port Mourant.

I’ve discovered the PM for something between €200 and €250, and
that’s quite a bit.

It’s nevertheless what these outdated, single cask Demeraras value
as of late.
I might nevertheless recommendation you to attempt before you purchase. Cask power
rums are usually not an immediate love affair for everyone. Some could favor one of many
45-46% Demeraras from the Rum Nation previous – or every other bottler for that
matter.
In case you are a cask power fanboy like me, you’ll get pleasure from
the Port Mourant very a lot.
The standard of this rum ought to be fairly apparent. I actually suppose
it’s. However figuring out how insane a cask power Demerara could be, this Port
Mourant is maybe too light and too simple going.
And that’s the reason it received’t attain the highest of rum world. However it nonetheless leaves with a…

Ranking: 87/100

Last Ideas

What a terrific expertise. As soon as once more Mr. Rossi has issued a
lot of rums, which makes you’re feeling that you’re making an attempt one thing new.
The unusual vodka-Diamond, the gin and Schweppes-Enmore and
the superior, however light, traditional Port Mourant.
Two bizarre cousins and a fairly stoic uncle.
A set of this unusual household will set you again round €520,
so most individuals will suppose twice earlier than getting the total vary.
The cheaper Diamond and Enmore could lure some to offer them a
go with out having tried it first. However in my world the true gem is the rather more
costly Port Mourant.

Even on the €200 mark it’s a nice rum. No query about
it.

Cask power and smaller batch rums are getting extra and
extra fashionable as of late, and folks appear to be prepared to half with massive
quantities of money for such bottlings, so the evolution of the Rum Nation line-up
could be very comprehensible.
I acknowledge the trouble from Mr. Rossi with these rums, and
I for one am not going to complain about extra cask power rums. However I can’t
assist however surprise if that is actually the suitable transfer for Rum Nation.
For my part Rum Nation is the king of 40-46% indie
bottlings. They churn out a big and assorted line up of rums from everywhere in the
old skool origins, and so they do it very, very properly.
The Port Mourant was stellar, however the different two weren’t up
to typical Rum Nation requirements. In my eyes a minimum of.
Lately I tackled the Supreme Lord VIII which was
implausible, and so they have nice success with excessive proof Caronis and a few
whites.
I don’t know. Maybe I’m simply not adjusting to vary that
properly.
I’ll have to attend for additional releases earlier than drawing any
conclusions. For now I’m simply grateful that the world has extra small batch,
cask power rums to select from.
Sustain the nice work, Mr. Rossi.
Diamond 2005: Ranking 78/100
Enmore 2002: Ranking 82/100
Port Mourant 1995: Ranking 87/100

Notes

2-3 years in the past, I acquired the Velier Diamond 1996, Enmore 1995 and Port Mourant 1997 for
round that very same costs, because the three new Rum Nation rums prices. The rum world
has moved a really great distance since then and we’re seeing a totally totally different
market now.

So, if you happen to get a number of of the Rum Nation small batch
rums, and fall in love, my recommendation will probably be to fill up. As a result of as soon as they’re
gone, the following related rum could also be much more costly.

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