Nestled a stones throw from the picturesque harbour of Donaghadee sits Copeland Distillery.
Part of a growing resurgence in spirits distilling popping up all over Ireland, Copeland don’t restrict themselves to whiskey – exploration of gin & rum is also ongoing.
Using rum from Barbados along with some distilled in Donaghadee itself – Copeland have released this very attractively presented Overproof Rum.
Now Barbadian Rums tend to display a rather sweet tooth on my palate – but I did notice the long fermentation time used. This generally boosts the richness of the flavours.
I was also intrigued by the French Pinot Noir barrel ageing – along with the Overproof strength!
Despite not being able to purchase at the actual distillery when I visited – a local off-licence satisfied my curiosity.
There is a sweetness to the nose – but it’s augmented by a richness of depth & a welcoming hint of soft fruity funk.
Initially smooth & mouth coating – the intensity of the high ABV gradually kicks in with a melange of prickly heat & bold flavours in an entertaining explosion!
The rich dark juicy fruitiness is complemented by a dry oaky spice – all pleasingly topped off by a decent & well balanced frisson of funk!
Powerful & bold – yet packed full of flavour – Copeland Overproof Rum is certainly worth exploring!
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