So, after a relaunch here we are, the rum is a blend of Jamaican and Guyanese rums, blended on contract in Holland then bottled here in the UK. The website says they're aged up to three years in ex Bourbon & Whisky barrels.
Pouring a glass you can see a very dark spirit with a reddish tinge, from the look you expect a heavy, thick, aggressive trawler style rum, you take a sniff and it's lots of treacle, molasses & orange, heavy, full and punchy.
Now taking a neat sip you're thrown a bit, there is an initial warmth but nothing too amazing but then the flavour really develops into something a lot more subtle than you'd expect, a little bitter coffee and citrus behind the treacle & molasses hit. Bottling at 43% makes it a bit punchier than you'd expect, only 3% but it does make a significant difference. The finish is remarkably dry and lingering.
This being said this isn't a sipper, it's a mixer. Alnwick Rum works nicely with coke but I was most impressed with it in a Dark n' Stormy especially with Old Jamaica Ginger Beer the power of the ginger and the dryness of the rum work together beautifully for a drink that slips down very easily. Moving on to fancier cocktails a daiquiri is another winner, I found both of the following proportions to work very nicely:
- 50ml Rum
- 25ml lime juice (fresh)
- 15ml sugar syrup
- Shake over ice, strain and serve
or, if you've a sweeter tooth try only 5ml of syrup and 5ml each of Cointreau & orange juice which takes the bite off the lime juice.
Overall for a rum aged under 3 years this is pretty tasty and something a bit different to add to the drinks cabinet
Colour - Mahogany
Bottle - 70cl
Price - £25
Nose - Molasses, treacle, coffee
Palate - Coffee, molasses, treacle, subtle but with bite
Finish - Dry and long