Even the fiery red henna colour could not prepare us for what was awaiting – insane aromas of pear drops and cherry-cherry baby; fresh Morello, infused in spiced rum and Hungarian brandy called pálinka. On the palate neat, the comments were “it kicks like a mule”, “complete madness”, “absolute bonkers” and “weird and wonderful”, but overall best described as high ester, sweet and funky Jamaican rum. When we added water, more “rum-funk” on the nose next to varnished boats, marker pens and Bakewell tarts. The taste was that of strawberry liqueur poured over a dark chocolate mousse. Curious and bizarre, definitely not for everyone – maybe a magic potion from the Celtic warrior queen Boudicca?
Cask: First-fill Ruby Port barrique Age: 7 years Date distilled: January 2013 Alcohol: 61.3% USA allocation: 96 bottles