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Review: Holmes Cay Single Cask Rum – Guyana 2003 and Jamaica 2011

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Two new single barrel rums from the sourcing maestros at Holmes Cay, the primary releases for 2021. (4 extra are sizzling on their heels.) Let’s dive in.

Holmes Cay Single Cask Rum Guyana Uitvlugt 2003 – Guyana Uitvlugt (pronounced eye-flot) 2003 was distilled at Guyana’s Diamond Distillery on a French Savalle four-column nonetheless. The Uitvlugt title is used to tell apart it from different merchandise of Diamond Distillery like Port Mourant (which was used within the Holmes Cay Guyana 2005 choice), and to honor the truth that it was produced on a nineteenth century nonetheless which got here to the distillery from the now closed Uitvlugt Distillery. This rum was aged for two years in Guyana and for 16 years in ex-bourbon casks within the UK earlier than bottling in New York in 2021. The nostril presents an instantaneous, aggressive maple be aware, layered with vanilla and sharp fruit within the type of overripe pineapple. The palate is sizzling at full power, however manageable, providing a mildly funky hogo be aware that hits the tongue a bit like oxidized sherry. It tempers effectively with water, letting notes of black tea and cola do extra of the heavy lifting, resulting in leather-based and a few spice later within the recreation. Wealthy and unctuous, the end reprises the sherry character, bending extra towards Madeira, plus added stone fruit and a chewy, nutty factor. Unique and complicated. 102 proof. 858 bottles produced. A- / $159 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]

Holmes Cay Single Cask Rum Jamaica Wedderburn 2011 – 100% pot nonetheless rum distilled in 2011 on the Clarendon Distillery, aged for 3 years in nation in ex-bourbon casks, then 7 years within the UK earlier than bottling in New York in 2021. Large hogo on the nostril right here, as anticipated, the rum exhibiting an animalistic, smoky character that’s infused with tar and tanned leather-based. The palate is blazing sizzling however immersive, providing notes of spicy cloves, pepper, and a pointy gunpowder be aware that begs for some water to mood its influence. On the end, issues mercifully loosen up (particularly with some water), exhibiting some tropical fruit ultimately, together with lemon peel, an enormous quantity of baking spice, and a wholesome sprinkle of brown sugar. It’s a radically completely different rum than the Guyana — however a pure and basic expression of the pot nonetheless. 118 proof. 1050 bottles produced. A- / $89 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]

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Holmes Cay Single Cask Rum Jamaica Wedderburn 2011

$89

Score

9.0/10

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