Four Bells Navy Rum, 40%, in The Windsor Hotel, Kirkcaldy

After getting off the train from a highly enjoyable session at the Fife Whisky Festival 2022 I thought a night-cap in my hotel bar would be in order.

Having spotted an unknown bottle of rum behind the Windsor Bar when booking in earlier – my curiosity was piqued.

Courtesy Rum Auctioneer

Turned out to be Four Bells Navy Rum.

A tot was ordered amid the sounds of a loud karaoke & merry youngsters downing globes of vividly coloured cocktails.

Four Bells had a soft hint of burnt rubber off the nose.

A rather weak & watery palate – compared to all the wonderful drinks I’d just experienced at the show.

A touch of spice on the rear enlivened this otherwise rather flatly flavoured rum.

Courtesy Rum Auctioneer

Easy drinking indeed – but lacking flair.

Information on Four Bells could only be collated from a number of websites.

Courtesy Tannico

It appears to be/was a Whyte & Mackay brand distilled in Guyana, offered at 40%, 42.9% or 100 Proof, has had several bottle designs & brand owners over the years & seems to be fondly remembered by fans.

I’m assuming I enjoyed the 40% version & despite the lack of punch – Four Bells is just the kind of hidden spirit I enjoy encountering when visiting a bar.

Sláinte

Header image of The Windsor Bar courtesy Booking.com

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