Edition Spirits Tasting Notes

Posted: August 19, 2016 in Guyana, Rum

Edition Spirits Kill Devil Guyana Rum 2003(?) (12 year old) 63.9%

Diamond Distillery

Code: RUM0029/ Dist: 2003? Btl: 2015/ Tasted: Aug 2016

Quite high toned and estry aromas of pineapple, banana, quince, orange and lime. Lightly oiled with hints of dried fruit and tobacco leaf.

Intense and fruity on the palate, as per the nose with touch of coffee’d tannins and more noticeable oily dried fruit. The alcohol is beautifully integrated with the sweetness balancing. A little dry on the finish with some crunchy granulated sugar and lingering oily fruit.

Water brings out some warm vanilla notes on the nose and the palate, along with emphasising the oily fruit and granulated sugar. Super smooth and silky with a light herbal note and spicy, crunchy finish with a touch of floral honey in the after-taste.

Edition Spirits Kill Devil Guyanan Rum 2004 (12 year old) 61.1%

Diamond Distillery – Pot Still

Code: RUM0045/ Dist: Jul 2004 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Dec 2016

Surprisingly quite light in colour for a pot still rum with aromas of oily, high toned, slightly medicinal dried fruit. Lovely intensity with plenty of agricole character and some balancing sugar cane sweetness.

The palate is crisp and intense with the high alcohol masking. Hints of dried fruit, cane sugar and marzipan. This definitely needs some water.

Water emphasises the natural oils and agricole notes. The palate now show more oily congeners and a touch of unsweetend banana. Medium length with lingering oiliness. I feel this could have done with longer in cask.

Edition Spirits Kill Devil Guyana Rum 2004 (12 year old) 63.1%

Diamond Distillery – Pot Still

Code: RUM0079/ Dist: Jul 2004 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: July 2017

A very heavy nose, redolent of lanolin, sort of burnt cereal/ wheat-a-bix and youthful earthy/ manure congeners. There is a touch of orange, straw-like fruit but the reality is that this hasn’t spent anywhere near enough time in oak.

The palate is youthful, oily and with that burnt cereal note that could be found on the nose. Fills out a bit on the middle as the honey coated orange arrives. Reasonable length, but way too young.

Water emphasises the impurities of the spirit (if they needed emphasising!) on the nose, whilst the palate is a little fuller and now shows a light medicinal character as well as the youthful impurities.

Edition Spirits Kill Devil Guyana Rum 2001(?) (15 year old) 46%

Diamond Distillery

Code: RUM0038/ Dist: 2001? Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Aug 2016

Dark treacle and molasses aromas with slightly singed toast and burnt sugar. Layers of thick, raisinated fruit and moist prune, shot through with a seam of balancing citrus. Hints of incense, dusty spice, pepper and strong, black coffee.

The palate is full and juicy with treacle, molasses and wood spice. Good complexity with dried orange, raisin, prune, fresh citrus and pepper. The spices develop well on the middle and it has a long, mouth-watering, raisinated fruit finish. Lovely, dusty spice after-taste.

Edition Spirits Kill Devil Guyanan Rum 2001 (15 year old) 46%

Diamond Distillery – Column Still

Code: RUM0047/ Dist: Jun 2001 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Dec 2016

Deep, dark, woody, smoky and incredibly intense with molasses and some balancing sweet, but grainy column still notes coming through, but the sub-Armagnac-esque rancio is stunning. Hints of sweet cinnamon, burnt coffee, tar, liquorice and coffee’d tannins follow. It feels older than 15 years.

The palate is equally dark and luscious with treacle, coffee coated prune, dried apricot, orange peel and raisin. Mouthfilling and subtly woody with smoke, tar and liquorice, but again the column still graininess balances. Long and continuing grainy and spicy with lingering wood tannins and dried fruit. Absolutely stunning. Possibly distilled in the famous wooden column still.

Edition Spirits Kill Devil Guyana Rum (Diamond Distillery) 2001 (15 year old) 61%

Diamond Distillery – Column Still

Code: RUM0080/ Dist: Jun 2001 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: July 2017

The nose is extremely dark and woody with manurey, almost peated notes. Dark raisinated fruit, macerated orange, liquorice and huge amounts of smoke follow. There is a subtle herbal Oloroso sherry-like note as well which could mean it has been matured in an ex-sherry cask?

The palate is rich and treacly but balanced by the column still graininess. Dark, dried fruit, treacle, liquorice, and wood smoke mingles with a grapey, almost PX-like sherry note. The finish is a little masked but very smoky and herbal. Very impressive.

Water emphasises the riasinated fruit and sherry-like notes. Still quite smoky and now showing a touch of Demerara sugar and medicinal herbs. The palate is lighter and slightly sugary with plenty of milk and dark chocolate and light medicinal notes. Long and remaining chocolaty with toasted nuts and hints of burnt coffee grains

Edition Spirits Kill Devil Guyana Rum 1999(?) (16 year old) 46%

Uitvlugt Distillery

Code: RUM0039/ Dist: 1999? Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Aug 2016

Aromas of sweet vanilla infused tropical fruit – guava, melon, apricot and pineapple. Wow! This is a serious fruit monster! Hints of oily dried fruit and green banana appear along with a faint camphor spice.

More oak is noticeable on the palate and slightly dominates, however the lovely tropical fruit is still there, if a little subdued. The middle becomes slightly oily and the finish is long and crisp as the spirit finally breaks free of the oak. Lightly herbal after-taste.

Edition Spirits Kill Devil Guyana Rum 1998 (18 year old) 46%

Diamond Distillery – Column Still

Code: RUM0074/ Dist: May 1998 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: July 2017

Initial aromas of toasty oak give way to treacle and raisinated fruit. Quite woody and smoky, which would seem to indicate it might have been distilled in their Enmore wooden coffey still. Deep, with quite a weighty character with hints of crisp spice and citrus.

Full, rich and treacly on the palate with dried orange peel and dark raisinated fruit. Subtly woody and smoky on the middle with a superb depth and weight. Lovely, classically crisp column still finish with a sprinkling of Demerara sugar and spice.

Edition Spirits Kill Devil Guyana Rum 1992 (24 year old) 46%

Enmore Distillery

Code: RUM0040/ Dist: Feb 1992 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Aug 2016

Stunning, mature aromas of dusty spice, violet tinged incense, smoke and Armagnac-esque dried plumy fruit. A touch of vanilla toffee, salt, molasses and golden syrup appear. Beautifully balanced with a column still spicy sharpness.

The palate is moist, deep and earthy with a lovely, crisp column still mouth-feel. Again full of rich, dark Armagnac-esque dreid fruit, violets, inscence, spice and molasses. Wonderful bitter/ sweet balance and beautiful long, mature finish, show casing the crisp column still character intertwining with the darker molasses character, plus a light agricole-esque note and a touch of tannin on the finish. My god, that has an amazing progression!

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