The diversity & quality of rums within the Saison Rum range impressed me very much.
Part of the excellent Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder tasting series. As usual I missed the actual live Zoom event – but tuned in later on YouTube for more information about Saison Rum.
My brief tasting notes – in italics – were gathered catching the last of the summer sun in my back garden before watching the video.
Saison Pale Rum, 40%
Pale straw, lovely fresh pungency, reminiscent of sugar cane rum, grassy. Soft, mellow & mouth coating. Gorgeously warm spiciness on the finish.
Saison Rum, 42%
Golden brown, inviting hint of funk in a rich demerara cake. Sweet, smooth & warming. Dries out on the finish in a lip smacking finalé.
Saison Sherry Cask Rum, 42%
Golden brown, soft, sweet juicy fruity wine gums. Mild & mellow. Quite light on the finish with a lovely dry tingling.
Saison Reserve Rum, 43.5%
Golden brown, soft sweet funk. Richness & depth. Mellow funky finish. A luxurious rum – well balanced & civil.
Saison Barbados 5yo, 46%
Pale brown, sweet fruit cake. Mild. Combination of sweetness & spice with a tingling finish.
One for the sweet tooth!
Saison Trinidad, 7yo, 48%
Pale brown, mild & sweet. Soft palate. Sugar & spice & all things nice.
A very enjoyable tasting indeed!
From a funky start to a dessert finish with extremely well balanced & complex rums inbetween – Saison Rum have a bottle to suit every taste.
Using rum sourced from Barbados, Jamaica & Trinidad, French Cognac House Tessendier have recently branched out into rum blending with this gorgeous Saison Rum range.
The rums are shipped to France in bulk at cask strength for careful blending & further maturation in cognac casks. Presented non chill filtered with no added sugar – the results are full of flavour & joie de vivre that my palate enjoys.
Personally my preference veers towards the younger – more brasher – funkiness of the non age statement offerings.
I found the sweetness of the Sherry Cask & Single Origin bottles a touch too much.
In a close contest Saison Rum won the day with it’s solid dollop of Jamaican dunder.
Which one would your palate pick?
Hat’s off to Saison Rum!
Bottle shots courtesy Vintus & Celtic Whiskey Shop.