Appearance: Dark gold, with apricot nuances.
Nose: Deep, balsamic, with notes of camphor and the typical estery Jamaican “funk”. Cane sugar, some fermented and winey notes.
Palate: Identical to the nose, but also with notes of wood resin, pine needles, black pepper, and a hint of flour. There is a background sweetness, but the overall impression is dry and spicy. Raisins, old wood.
Finish: Hot, peppery, lively. The “funky” Jamaican note lingers on the tongue for a long time.
Comment: A robust Jamaican rum, very aromatic and spicy, but made gentler and rounder by the winey and raisiny influence of the sherry casks.Suggested march: Valrhona Caraibe 66%, a dark and intense but velvety chocolate from the Caribbean, the same area of origin of the rum. The pairing with the Jamaica 5 y.o. rum brings out intriguing notes of amaretto.