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Review: Papalin Jamaica Rum 7 Years Old

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Italy’s Velier turned a well known title within the rum world with its uncommon and much-loved bottlings from Caroni, a Trinidadian distillery that shuttered within the early 2000s. Sadly, Caroni shares have dwindled, so Velier has shifted to different marquee producers through the years. Their Papalin model launched in 2013 with a mix of Caroni-distilled rum together with rums from Venezuela and Cuba. After 9 lengthy years and a merger with French spirits distributor La Maison du Whisky, the brand new La Maison & Velier have revived the Papalin model with a second launch comprised of rums from Jamaica’s Worthy Park and Hampden Property distilleries (which LM&V additionally occurs to distribute). There’s an vital catch although about the place these rums had been aged. I’ll let LM&V clarify:

Jamaica has an extended historical past of rum manufacturing, traditionally favored and valued by the blender and bottler marketplace for over 300 years. Within the European rum mixing traditions of the previous and current, contemporary unaged rum has been shipped out of the Caribbean and aged and blended within the European continental local weather.

Papalin is the primary model of blended rum to be aged totally within the tropical local weather of the respective warehouses of the distilleries themselves: Worthy Park and Hampden Property. These vatted rums (blends of various pot stills) present their complicated and compelling nature having been matured at their supply. The standard of the liquid displays the care and experience of the manufacturing and cellar administration groups.

The nostril is elegant with appreciable depth for a youthful rum. Refined esters evoke darkish bananas, peach candies, and lemon peel whereas woody incense, molasses, and torched sugar add balancing distinction. The palate is soothing and silky with brown butter, break up vanilla bean, and just-ripe tropical fruits, candy however not overly so. A little bit of raisin and dried herbs arrive on the mid-palate earlier than a beneficiant end of cinnamon sugar pastries and drying oak. Many Jamaican rums are both demurred or overly funky. Papalin Jamaica strikes a pleasant steadiness that’s nice for sipping or cocktails.

94 proof.

A- / $60 / lamaisonandvelier.com

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