The Barrel Sample: Mezan Guyana 2011

Today is nice, fairly sunny day, so I thought I’d go through my samples and I found this Guyanese distillate bottled by the independent bottler Mezan. This rum was distilled in 2011 on one of Diamond Distillery’s heritage stills – the French Savalle.

Molasses based, column still distilled and aged for 3 years in the tropics before moving to Europe for 8 more years of continental ageing in ex-Bourbon casks making it a total of 11 years if maturation. Bottled at 46% ABV without any adulteration

On the nose it fees earthy and rich. Dark chocolate, caramel, liquorice and black coffee. Walnuts, pencil shavings and charred oak. It’s unmistakably a Guyanese rum. Vanilla pods, raisins and ground black pepper. Some overripe bananas as well.

On the palate it’s a bit lighter than I was expecting. Vanilla, cinnamon and dark chocolate. Ripe plums, red apples, biscuits and maple syrup. It’s pretty easy going and fairly rich. Coffee, toffee and treacle. The finish is medium with liquorice and vanilla.

This is a pretty standard Guyanese column still rum – rich and quite complex, but it lacks some body and finish. Still a nice tipple to enjoy once in a while. It can be found for £56.50 on Master of Malt which isn’t the cheapest.

Mezan Guyana 2011 score:
Flavour/taste: 50/70
Value for money: 13/15
Transparency/purity: 15/15
Overall: 78/100


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