It’s maybe essentially the most unique rum but from indie bottlers Holmes Cay: a rum from South Africa’s Mhoba Distillery, marking the primary time any rum from South Africa has ever been offered within the U.S. Some particulars on this 2017 classic bottling, which was turned out from simply 4 casks:
The Mhoba Distillery makes use of hand-cut cane grown on the adjoining farm, and distills from contemporary pressed cane juice on a crusher designed by grasp distiller Robert Greaves. Each business and wild African yeasts are utilized in fermentation. The pot stills which produce this richly fragrant and flavorful rum had been additionally designed and constructed by Greaves. This version has been aged for 4 years completely in South African whisky casks.
The Holmes Cay South Africa Mhoba 2017 version was aged for 4 years in subtropical situations of the Mhoba distillery within the Mpumalanga province on the northeastern border of South Africa, earlier than being bottled in New York State. Solely 4 barrels had been chosen. No sugar, shade or different flavors had been added. The Holmes Cay South Africa Mhoba 2017 is bottled at full barrel proof of 59% abv.
It’s uncommon stuff that almost all drinkers will discover instantly unfamiliar, for apparent causes. Massive hogo notes dominate the nostril, bordering on off-putting at instances. There’s a robust vein of youthful petrol right here, reminscent of cachaca, overpowering a wholesome quantity of (very) overripe fruit. The palate is boldly fruity however once more massively overripe and candy: pineapple dominates, with notes of lemon and lime, particularly leaf, following after. Some anise arrives for the end, with a lingering oakiness after. At full proof it’s a sizzling sizzling sizzling powerhouse, although nothing a seasoned rum drinker gained’t be capable to handle.