The Barrel Sample: That Boutique-y Rum Company – Mt Uncle Distillery 12 Year (Batch 1)

This is a sample from a That Boutique-y Rum Company bottling that is part of the Return To Oz range – this release consists of some limited-in-numbers rum expressions made in Australia. I enjoy these kind of bottlings as they offer the possibility to try rums that otherwise wouldn’t be available on the UK market.

Th Mt Uncle Distillery is cane syrup based, fermented with dunder, pot still distilled and aged for 12 years at the distillery in a heavily toasted ex-Red wine hogshead. Bottled at 64.9% ABV without any additions – only 334 bottles available.

On the nose it feels fruity. Plums, blueberries, red apples and ripe pineapples. Furniture polish, Muscovado sugar, almonds and some earthy notes. It reminds me quite a bit of aged agricole rhums. Stout, ginger and a touch of juniper. Unripe pears, dusty cardboard and English Breakfast Tea.

On the palate it tastes earthy and moreish. Red wine, Muscovado sugar and red apples. Stout, blackberries, aromatic tobacco and nutmeg. It tastes like a well aged cognac. Sour cherries soaked in brandy, sultanas and dried figs. Some tamarind as well. The finish is long with fruity brandy and tobacco.

As I mentioned, this feels like an old cognac with a rummy twist on it and I love it. One of the best rums I’ve tried from That Boutique-y Rum Distillery. You can get it at £80 for 50cl (Master of Malt) which I find to be great value for a rum from Australia at this ABV, not to mention the 12 years of maturation.

That Boutique-y Rum Company – Mt Uncle Distillery 12 Year (Batch 1) score:
Flavour/taste: 61/70
Value for money: 15/15
Transparency/purity: 15/15
Overall: 91/100


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