The Barrel Sample: The Scotch Malt Whisky Society – “Three spice creme brulee” – Trinidad 26 Year Old

A sample of SMWS’ rum bottling that hails from Trinidad (most likely Angostura given the lack of pungency). Molasses based, distilled on 31st of December 1991, aged for 26 years in refill ex-Bourbon barrel and bottled at a generous 61.3% ABV. Cask number R10.2. Not sure about additives as I’m not familiar with the company.

On the nose is quite subtle given the ABV. Burnt toast, peanut butter, toffee and vanilla. Caramelised bananas with a slight saline note.

On the palate again is quite easy going and light considering the strength. Typical Angostura flavour, with plenty of oak and vanilla slightly balanced by an earthy/grassy note I usually find in aged agricoles. Caramel, raisins, dark chocolate, nutmeg and a touch too much sweetness – I guess it might have some sugar added.

Conclusion: interesting, but not complex enough to call it an exceptional rum. It’s rather average given its specs.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society – “Three spice creme brulee” – Trinidad 26 Year Old score:
Flavour/taste: 40/70
Value for money: 5/15
Transparency/purity: 9/15
Overall: 54/100

Cheers!


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