Different to the Navy Style but certainly part of the same family. Two shared processes tweaked to give differing results. Again, an excellent ingredient and packed full of pineapple with a little water added. Winner.
I got to try this at a tasting at my local store, and it was really something!
First whiff is pretty much straight ethanol. But after just one minute, it opens up in a pleasant vanilla caramel, which continues to evolve into a creamy-caramel-nougat/vanilla pudding nose. Honestly, I wanted to just stand there and keep smelling it, it's wonderful!
Taste is quite similar to Kaniche XO, there's a good amount of spice and smoke, but also some dark toffee and just a bit of tropical fruit. I must admit I was quite hesitant to sip this straight (being 66%) but that was not a problem!
Which brings us to the finish. Not a whole lot, as the 132 proof finally kicks in. It overwhelms whatever flavors may be left behind, but it's not harsh. Instead, its more of an intense warming from the mouth all the down to the stomach. But just warm, never hot!
This is some great rum! Honestly, the only off-putting thing is the price tag at $50 a bottle. But even with that in mind, it's certainly worth the occasional indulgence! (if you can find it! It is the "lost spirit" after all!)
First, I had a couple of sips straight up. It's 132 proof and it goes down hot. Fire, plus ester and prunes all the way. Then I added a few drops of water, which made it remarkably sweeter and still strong, but the fire was less apparent. Think Smith and Cross, but with a graduate degree from a reputable university.
If you're a Tiki cocktail fan you'll enjoy adding this rum to your Zombies and Rum Barrels. Oh, I just remembered....Lost Spirits stopped making this rum. So sorry.