We’re lastly working our approach by means of the Actual McCoy Rum portfolio. Chris loved the distillery’s 5-year-old flagship providing (almost a decade in the past), and subsequent up is that this bottle, the Distiller’s Proof model of that very same rum. As a reminder, Actual McCoy is sourced from the well-known and well-loved Foursquare Distillery in Barbados. In contrast to the usual providing, this Distiller’s Proof launch is mixed in small batches of solely 50 instances and bottled at a barely greater proof, reportedly most popular by the Grasp Distiller (therefore the identify). We’re advised by the parents at Actual McCoy that this slight adjustment in alcohol ought to spotlight extra fermentation notes and add complexity. Let’s see for ourselves, lets?
The nostril is unsurprisingly hotter than its tamer brother, however in contrast to that bottle, the warmth manages to hold round, making the wooden notes a contact sharper however not totally out of sync with secondary aromas of torched sugar, dried pineapple, and sweetened coconut flakes. The palate presents up a usually basic rum construction with notes of chewy caramel and flambéed banana which are abruptly interrupted heading into the end with a spicy cinnamon punch. The conclusion is simple and candy with a little bit of latent astringency that manifests in notes of coconut husk and barrel char.
Due to how they’re blended, these small batches are stated to range between a lighter, extra conventional profile and a heavier, wood-driven profile from bottle to bottle. This pattern appears to be the latter, and whereas it’s an excellent cocktailing rum, this isn’t one I’d gravitate to for sipping.