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Sugar: 0 GPL. This is Rum in it's purest state with nothing added. Simply the best. Perfectly balanced and extremely smooth rum. It smells like fresh honey harvested from a field of clover. Aside the honey, I detected some fruit, perhaps mango and a touch of banana, also present was oak, vanilla, baking spices, and a little bit of smoke. As mentioned this is perfectly balanced rum, with no harshness at all, very soft on the palate accompanied by an enduring warmth in your throat and chest.
Put this rum on your bucket list of rums!
Travel note: If you are in Barbados, you can call or order online from the St Nicolas Abbey Distillery and they will deliver to your hotel or condo.
My first impression of this elixir of the Gods was to marvel at it’s amazing color, beautiful! I noticed great body on the pour, amazing bouquet, sweet and pure. The 12 year old version is quite a bit more mature than the 5 year old, smooth with a little heat at the end. The balance of the sweet and floral notes is almost like a song in your mouth. The finish is what really seals the deal, sweet and smooth with a lip tingling sensation that seduces you into another pour. An amazing bottle to add to you collection, can’t wait to try the 18 & 20 y.o. offerings! This is a butt hair shy of a 10! I am in Love!!
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..
Enjoyed a glass of St. Nicholas Abbey 12y and 15y back-to-back while vacationing in Paris. Okay bottle design, but could be much fancier taken into consideration its price. Color is amber. Very strong whisky flavors to both nose and palate. A hint of burn at the end. I like my rums dark and sweet.
Light bronze colour. On the nose, we are on the woody, dried fruits, hazelnut, vanilla, brown sugar, blond tobacco. In the mouth, it is very sweet, with butter, milk chocolate, crème brûlée. The finish is woody, very long, very soft but with a little smoky side. Nice rum.
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)
Recently re-sampled this St-Nicholas Abbey 12 yr rum and am simply amazed at this product. Without a doubt it does deserve a "10" rating.