The Barrel Sample: Dram Mor Trinidad 2009 13 Year Old – TDL

This sample is from one of the two bottlings that are part of Dram Mor’s Spring 2023 Release. I’ll be reviewing the 2nd bottling in due course, but for now let’s have a look at this rum from Trinidad. This is a single cask distilled at Trinidad Distillers Limited, same guys that make Angostura rums and bitters.

This is molasses based, column still distilled and aged for 13 years in an ex-Bourbon barrel. Bottled at 58% ABV without any additives with only 305 bottles available.

On the nose feels like a pot still rum. Unripe stone fruits, mothballs, wasabi peas and cider vinegar. Dusty old books, dark chocolate and some candied ginger. Smells acidic and slightly chemically. Saffron, biscuits and unripe mango. Cloves, tangerine peel and pears.

On the palate it becomes even more interesting with a weird layer of smokiness. Unripe stone fruits again, mothballs (aroma wise, do not taste those), caramel and some allspice. Gherkins, aromatic tobacco, raw cacao nibs and a touch of cardamom. This is not the usual vanilla-smooth Angostura, it has a sharp intensity to it. Floral honey, overripe yellow apples, wasabi paste, green olives and cumin. The finish is long with unripe stone fruits and some exotic spices.

It’s weird, it’s intense and very much layered. Reminds me of a more pungent version of the 8YO Trinidad bottled by Bristol Spirits. Definitely not something you’d usually try from TDL or Trinidad rum-wise.

You can get a bottle for £70 which I think is very much worth it, Dram Mor has been great value for money so far with their releases.

Dram Mor Trinidad 2009 13 Year Old – TDL score:
Flavour/taste: 56/70
Value for money: 15/15
Transparency/purity: 15/15
Overall: 86/100


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