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Bati and Ratu are two rums — each from very giant collections — which Rum Co. of Fiji has been producing in Lautoka since 1980. We obtained two bottlings of its 10 complete expressions from the Bati and Ratu manufacturers, however that are consultant of its total manufacturing. Let’s dig in.
Bati White Rum – Column distillate, aged for two years in giant oak vats and shade filtered. Barely woody and nutty on the nostril, although that is efficient at dulling the extra industrial parts widespread in white rum. A contact of grilled pineapple emerges in time. The palate is reasonable in its sweetness, with notes of caramel and a few spun sugar within the combine. A bit youthful and a bit of inexperienced, the end sees some musty, barely ashy notes rising, although it’s by no means overbearing. A strong base for cocktail mixing. 80 proof. B+ / $20
Ratu Signature Rum – Of us will balk as a result of this column-distilled rum, 8 years outdated minimal, is available in at a low 35% abv, which is instantly suspect. It’s aged in ex-bourbon American oak casks and completed with mocha oak chips. The mocha aspect is rapid and intense, filling the nostril with darkish chocolate cookie notes. It’s, to make certain, a bit a lot, overblown with each chocolate and low parts, then constructing to notes of orange peel, strawberry, and ample coconut flesh. Plenty of gingerbread and blended baking spice within the combine; you possibly can simply use this as an ordinary spiced rum if that’s the case desired. There’s a lot added character that I’d in the end categorize this as a flavored rum, and never a very nuanced one at that. Impossibly candy on the end, with a syrupy, mouth-coating texture. Heaps to discover, but it surely’s not likely my bag. 70 proof. B- / $40