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Ten To One is again with its newest mix of Caribbean rums, this one its first cask-finished buttling. The primary in an ongoing “Cask Choose” sequence, and unique to Flaviar, this Oloroso Sherry Cask end begins with a set of rums sourced from Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, and Trinidad, earlier than ending in ex-oloroso sherry barrels. No getting older info out there on this bottling.
To begin with, there’s a ton of inclusions on this bottling: Not barrel sediment however so-called flocculation, which is extra excessive right here than in every other spirit I’ve encountered in latest reminiscence. I’m all for nonfiltered merchandise, however that is so loopy it seems to be like a bottle stuffed with Sea Monkeys.
Placing that apart, the rum is extraordinarily fragrant — to the purpose the place you can simply confuse this with a spiced rum. Large with notes of allspice, cloves, and nutmeg, it begins your journey down the Spice Street earlier than folding in notes of flamed orange peel, licorice, and punchy gunpowder. A gentle espresso character rounds issues out. On the palate the identical punch of spice dominates, adopted by a giant rush of sherry-driven orange peel, oxidized and flambeed. A heavy load of candy molasses supplies a candy respite from all of the spice, resulting in a end that returns to that espresso character together with some chocolate.
This can be a powerhouse rum, which makes for a decidedly non-versatile expertise. Any mixing in cocktails will discover them shortly overwhelmed by the rum, for higher or worse, although it might work properly as a float. The higher transfer: You may as nicely sub it in for Captain Morgan in tall drinks.