very very good
28 May '14
a finely balanced aged rum, generally smooth and with plenty of natural flavors accenting the rum taste. not overly refined or too artificially sweet, pretty darn good straight up but would be very nice in strong rum cocktails that doesn't hide the rum flavor (like a ti punch). a little pricey but worth it if you buy on-island. until recently it was only available on Barbados but still hard to find and at a premium in the states. I put this a few steps above Pyrat XO, and maybe closer to a more balanced 12 yr old Appleton. (this is significantly improved from their 8 or 10 yr old rums. but if you go there just for rum, splurge for the 15 year old!)
The 12 yo is nothing but fantastic, it has deep flavors and so good it should be reserved for sipping but if you mix with it, make sure you chose a type of cocktail where the rum is allowed to shine, like the Mai Tai and a stunning Mai Tai it makes...The nose is warm, rich and fruity with a touch of spices, wood and caramel. It´s like it tells you – taste me…In the mouth it`s a journey into the land of what a really great rum can be…it´s such an explosion of flavors completely filling your mouth..
While I am primarily a Vodka drinker I occasionally indulge in a glass of Balvenie Single Barrel 15 yr Scotch and Rum has never been a favorite of mine, having only used it for Rum & Coke in the past. In 2012, my wife and I visited Barbados' St. Nicholas Abbey and toured the distillery which we found extremely interesting. I also sampled their St. Nicholas Abbey 8 yr Rum, as well as their 12 yr Rum and I recall being amazed with the taste and smoothness of their product. The bottle appeal was outstanding and I ended up purchasing a bottle of 8 yr and 12 yr Rum both of which were engraved prior to final packaging.
Five years later I opened and sipped on my St. Nicholas Abbey 8 yr Rum and it immediately brought me back to my first tasting of this product as I inhaled the oakeyness and absorbed the various flavors of this Rum. I truely enjoyed this sampling but will only indulge sparingly as St. Nicholas Abbey Rum is not available for purchase in my area (Eastern Canada)
My "9" rating is based on my earlier tasting of St. Nicholas Abbey's 12 yr Rum, which I recall being absolutely outstanding as is the bottle presentation.