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.
Appearance: Dark amber.
Nose: Dark, musty, very estery (fermented fruit, glue), with notes of cola, myrtle and bergamot tea.
Palate: Viscous sugarcane molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, dried raisins, and a slightly toasted and bitter background which hints at herbal notes (black tea and gentian root). Dark and sweet at the same time.
Finish: Endless interplay between the herbal bitterish character and the sugary sweetness. Ultimately sweet, almost syrupy and slightly winey, like vermouth.
Comment: A heavy Demerara, with its evident sugary sweetness, but also very dark, estery and aromatic.