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.Suggested Match: Valrhona Abinao 85%, a powerful, dark and tannic chocolate from African plantations, ideal for sweet but complex rums from Demerara