Demerara 14 Rel. 2014
Rum Nation Demerara N° 14 is born from sugar cane molasses in British Guyana, as a skilled blend of various vintages from pot stills (to give it full bodied richness) and column stills (for a lighter backbone of crisp drinkability).
Main aging is in ex-Bourbon American oak barrels for a creamy sweetness, then a 12 months period into fresh sherry butts (Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso) enhances its spicy character. A small percentage of very old Enmore rum is finally added to the blend for further complexity and “dark” character.
Nose: A smoky scent, almost like barbecue and heavy fuel, not as pungent as a Jamaican rum but very estery and so typical of British Navy style!
Palate: Much sweeter and softer than the nose. Syrupy, but not cloying. Creamy, but also spicy: cinnamon, orange peel, black pepper. Vivid, honeyed and gentle at the same time.
Finish: Still very creamy, with the spice going to the background. Oak, coffee, black chocolate, liquorice and aniseed.
Comment: A walking contradiction: a rum that’s at the same time spicy, smoky, spicy, pungent, very aromatic… and also sweet, velvety, buttery, caressing. A perfect blend.