Mark Reynier has made a big play of terroir in the whiskey trade with his Waterford Distillery.
Renegade Distillery in Grenada shaping up to do the same with rum.
I did purchase one of his whiskies.
Can’t say all the transparency, honesty & information won me over.
All I tasted was quite a young, feisty & very fresh whiskey that needed more time in the barrel.
Haven’t bought another.
I am curious enough however to try out a couple of his rums – the Dunfermline Column & Pot Still varieties.
Renegade use the term ‘pre cask’ – but essentially it’s unaged or white rum in normal parlance.
Unaged rum is a category I really enjoy.
The combination of raw ingredients, fermentation times & distilling techniques can produce exceedingly aromatic & richly tasting spirits that can captivate the senses.
My expectation is the Pot Still variety will be the more flavourful version – but it all depends on the skill of the distiller – so complying with custom I start with the Column Still.
Renegade Rum Dunfermline Column Still, Pre-Cask, 50%
A lovely sweet pungency of sugar cane with a touch of sourness peeking through.
Smooth mouthfeel slowly grows in heat with more fruitiness coming through – but not much else.
Fades rather quickly with a serving of prickliness rounding off the show.
Renegade Rum Dunfermline Pot Still, Pre-Cask, 50%
There’s an ever so slightly warmer embrace of pungent fruitiness from the pot still.
Definitely an oiliness on the palate of this one!
It’s just an overall fuller & fatter tasting experience for me & leaves with a warmer – even rounder – embrace.
I think Mr Reynier is onto a roll with his distilleries.
Attracting a loyal gathering of fans to snap up his offerings & extoll the virtues of terroir to all & sundry.
No doubt he’ll convince some whiskey drinkers into rum imbibing – which is no bad thing.
Both of these rums are enjoyable & engaging to sip, sample & explore the differences between column & pot still distillation & what they bring to the palate.
I’m just not convinced a single estate, pre-cask single variety trumps a well blended offering from multiple countries, columns & pots, sugar cane & molasses that can be produced time & again at an affordable price.
The art of blending is something Mr Reynier has written out of his agenda.
Waterford Distillery website here.
Renegade Rum website here.
My blog on Waterford Whiskey here.
The samples were purchased via Tiny Tipple here.