Along with a formidable and various line of single malts (see here), Baltimore’s Outdated Line Spirits additionally consists of a number of rums in its portfolio. Sourced from an unspecified Caribbean producer and aged within the Dominican Republic, Outdated Line’s founders reportedly labored with grasp rum blenders Luis and Margaret Ayala to finalize their rum mix, which is aged between 7 and 11 years in ex-bourbon casks. The distillery provides each a typical proof and a navy energy model, in addition to this bottle which has been completed for a yr in considered one of Outdated Line’s freshly dumped single malt casks. Whereas we look ahead to our samples of the usual choices, let’s put this distinctive rum by means of its paces.
The aroma is restrained, displaying comfortable brown sugar and low components which can be mildly spiced with notes of cinnamon and sandalwood. Every thing appears wrapped in a malty blanket that subdues the brighter components I might anticipate from a Caribbean rum however which additionally creates a singular earthy and toasty dimension — I simply want there was extra of it. On the palate, issues are rather more vigorous with an early burst of darkish caramel and peppery spice. It’s a bit punchy, with that preliminary spice and warmth burying a number of the rum’s baking spice and light-weight roast espresso notes. As that subsides, the barrels muscle in with some astringency and smoky char components, providing a little bit of darkish chocolate to enhance a light tropical funk that lastly begins to develop mid-palate. The end is medium size and drying with notes of entire cloves and licorice. It’s positively a singular rum with lots to admire, however the barrel ending appears a bit heavy handed.
B+ / $35