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Guadeloupe Rum Tasting Notes

Posted: September 16, 2011 in Guadeloupe, Rum

Alchemist Gandel Distillery, Guadeloupe Rhum Agricole 10 years old 46%

Tasted: Nov 2008

The aromas kick off with an intense, grapey note, swiftly followed by oodles of cinnamon, clove, camphor, mint and a very unexpected iodine/ tcp note. Light, yet with an incredible depth of dried fruit and candied peel, sprinkled with a touch of demerara sugar. The complexity is added to with a smidge of tobacco leafy, smoke and walnut.

The palate follows the same journey as the nose, latterly flowing through the flavours. The middle is hugely spicy and there’s that medicinal/ tcp note that is evident in the aromas. Very complex and exceedingly drinkable. So there you have it a Rhum for Laphroaig lovers!

Murray McDavid ‘Renegade Rum’ Gandel Distillery, Guadeloupe 1998 (11 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Chateau Latour – Limited Release of 1,260 bottles

Tasted: Feb 2010

A gorgeous nose. Clean and complex with light oil, coffee, herbs, dried fruit and a touch of menthol. Very elegant with syrup coated banana and coconut shell. The syrup moves into a more treacle character with time. The finishing cask is very well integrated adding a slight red fruit top note. Very good. 

The palate is like the nose, lightly oiled with dried fruit, flambéed banana, cane sugar syrup and coconut. The oils keep on a’ rolling and it has a lovely bitter/sweet balance. Hints of red fruits emerge towards the end, mingling with the coffee, menthol/ peppermint and bog myrtle-ish medicinal notes. Superb complexity and intensity.