Edition Spirits Tasting Notes

Posted: August 19, 2016 in Jamaica, Rum

Edition Spirits Kill Devil Jamaican Rum 1998 (17 year old) 46%

Hampden Distillery

Code: RUM0041/ Dist: Dec 1998 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Aug 2016

Aromas of oily, subtle tropical apricot, orange and pineapple and plenty of menthol, eucalyptus and thyme. A touch of oily oak vanillins and dusty, herbal spice appears.

The palate opens with warm vanilla, followed by apricot, orange and banana. Quite oily but tart with menthol, eucalyptus and camphor notes. Gently pungent and intense on the middle as the dried fruit arrives. Long and fresh with toasty oak, vanilla balancing the citrus. Hints of coffee and chicory in the after-taste.

Edition Spirits Kill Devil Jamaican Rum 1991 (24 year old) 62%

Hampden Distillery

Code: RUM0030/ Dist: 1991 Btl: 2015/ Tasted: Aug 2016

The nose is fairly woody and earthy with the camphor and menthol more prominent than the 17 year old. Plenty of almost dusty, mature oak, vanilla and a Cocgnac-esque dried fruit rancio. Seriously impressive with late incense, liquorice and an almost salty note.

The palate is quite oaky with vanilla, wood spice and tannin. The alcohol masks, but it hints at a depth of dried fruit, camphor and menthol. A little short but the herbal notes linger along with some almost cereal husk notes.

With water the nose becomes less woody and the emphasis shifts to the oily dried fruit, which also displays a tropical edge. The oak is still gorgeously dusty. The palate is sweeter and oilier. Like the nose it is less oaky so the dried fruit, camphor and edgy green wood notes shine. It finishes with an almost decaying, but clean rose petal and oily berry fruit note. A stunning old rum!


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