Nicaragua 19 Year Old Rum
Distilled in 2000 • 66.6% ABV • 190 Bottles
Despite the column still distillation and the ‘milder’ Nicaraguan climate, there is nothing demure or quiet about this rum. 19 years in an ex-bourbon cask has done a lot of work. As dark as a slab of ginger cake – and as robustly sweet, chewy and spicy as one too. This full-bodied rum entirely coats the palate with rich fruity and cakey flavours, and propels a citrussy sharpness up the back of the nose.
An excellent teatime counterpart to heavy fruit cakes, or a spicy alternative to whisky in a toddy.
Nose – The aromas are dense and compacted together – overlapping layers of ginger cake, banana loaf and nuggets of crystallised pineapple. Woody aromatic notes follow: hints of cinnamon, vanilla and old, dry bookcase.
Palate – Thick and sweet on the palate, with a foretaste of dried prunes, dates and baked apples. Every part of the palate gets washed in these flavours, and a citrusy sharpness breezes up the nose from the back. Then the ginger cake returns, cooked until dark and dressed with desiccated coconut. A background oakiness pervades throughout.