Lately we seemed on the single malts of the brand new ImpEx Collection, at which level I famous we’d quickly get to the gathering’s trio of independently bottled, single barrel rum releases from two famed distilleries: Lengthy Pond and Clarendon, each positioned in Jamaica.
Properly, right here we’re. Let’s go to a unique, extra tropical island this time round, we could?
The Impex Assortment Lengthy Pond 2007 13 Years Outdated Cask #11ITP (Oak Barrel) – Traditional Jamaican rum, with a nostril heavy with hogo, banana leaf, and toasty cloves, fading to espresso because it develops. The palate is heavy with savory spices, darkish chocolate, and extra espresso bean, with a crimson fruit be aware rising later within the sport. Balanced with a maple-like sweetness on the end. 107.2 proof. A- / $100
The ImpEx Assortment Lengthy Pond 2005 15 Years Outdated Cask #21VRW (Oak Barrel) – Two years of added age give this expression a extra fragrant be aware that’s heavier on the clove spices and which reveals a contact of mint. The palate is kind of much like the 2007, with a barely extra evident raisin/prune be aware and a considerably extra rounded and richer physique. Chocolate notes are clearer right here, and the sharper, wine-heavy end is extra expressive. 104.4 proof. A / $120
The ImpEx Assortment Clarendon 2007 13 Years Outdated Cask #654MBKB (Oak Barrel) – A a lot totally different rum, sultry and exhibiting a melange of incense, coconut, and brown butter. There’s a big camphor character right here that feels a bit of off, nonetheless. The palate pushes the camphor be aware once more, together with notes of linen and lavender, giving the rum one thing of an impression of a younger brandy. Heavy incense notes proceed the floral theme. The end is cottony and perfumed, a bit too flowery for my tastes. 102.8 proof. B+ / $90