Edition Spirits Tasting Notes

Posted: August 19, 2016 in Jamaica, Rum

Edition Spirits Kill Devil Jamaican (Hampden) Rum 2007? (9 year old) 62.7%

Code: RUM0098/ Dist: 2007? Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

A very pungent and youthful nose of oily green banana, apricot, along with subtle mentholated notes. Late hints of green melon, papaya and cane sugar.

Rich, oily and honeyed on the palate with a lovely intensity of green banana and apricot. The alcohol masks but the finish is full of menthol and green fruit.

A drop of water brings out some lovely sweet honey, which balances the pungency of youth. Subtle vanilla has emerged along with some fresher fruit notes. The palate is much the same as the nose, moist and honeyed with a little more emphasis on the cane sugar. Long, with lingering burnt cereal-like notes and menthol. Diluted it opens up rather well.

Edition Spirits Kill Devil Jamaican Rum 2006 (10 year old) 46%

Worthy Park Distillery – Pot Still/ Code: RUM0077/ Dist: Jun 2006 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: July 2017

Quite pungent, oily and Guyana-like with herbal, dried fruit and an almost medicinal agricole intensity. Late hints of dried banana, fleshy, sub-tropical fruit, wood spice and coffee. A lovely nose.

The palate is light and oily with a subtler herbal, spirit character. Lovely depth with a touch of tropical fruit, vanilla oak and spice on the middle. Long, deliciously fruity and oily finish with late coffee and wood spice.

Edition Spirits Kill Devil Jamaican Rum 2007 (10 year old) 46%

Monymusk Distillery – Pot Still/ Code: RUM0076/ Dist: Mar 2007 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: July 2017

Edgy, herbal, camphor laced aromas of green banana, lime juice, pineapple, papaya, warm vanilla and dusty spices. It has a lovely citric freshness but there surprisingly a little too much underdeveloped spirit character present.

It feels very young and oily on the palate with lime, green banana and camphor. Light granulated sugar note on the middle but the citrus holds. Long, oily and showing a lot of spirit impurities, which give in an almost marc-like feel.

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 1998 (18 year old) 46%

Hampden Distillery – Pot Still/ Code: RUM0087/ Dist: Dec 1998 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: July 2017

Pungent and herbal with toffee, crystalised orange and lemon and a touch of camphor. Wonderfully balanced and lightly oiled with late grapefruit, pineapple, Demerara sugar and vanilla.

The palate opens with sugar coated lemon, orange and pineapple. Lovely weight and fullness with lightly herbal honey, vanilla and subtle wood spice. Good intensity and a superb sweet/ sour finish with finally a touch of vanilla toffee.

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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