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Bristol Spirits, Rare Old Rum Virtual Tasting, Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder

If there’s one thing this fabulous rum tasting confirmed to me – it’s the kind of rum I’m after.

Laid out before us were 5 excellent rums from independent bottlers Bristol Spirits,

Haiti Rum c/oCelticWhiskeyShop

Bristol Haiti 2004, 43%,

Nicaragua Rum c/oCelticWhiskeyShop

Bristol Nicaragua 1999, 43%,

Guyana Rum c/oCelticWhiskeyShop

Bristol Diamond Distillery, Guyana 2003, 43%,

Heytesbury Rum c/oCelticWhiskeyShop

Heytesbury Demerara, 46% &

Trinidad Rum c/oCelticWhiskeyShop

Bristol Caroni VSOC, 10 Year Old, 40%.

Bristol’s managing director John Barrett eloquently led us through the tasting regaling us with tales of his years in the rum trade.

Such a congenial host!

But something struck me during the event – it was an exploration of wood maturation!

The length of time spent in the barrel, the type of wood used & even where the casks are stored all make a difference – and the results before us could be enjoyably discerned.

But my attraction to rum is more about the influence of distillation on the ingredients used – sugarcane juice or molasses.

So my pick of the day was Haiti 2004.

To begin with it uses sugarcane juice – which offers a far more pungent & vegetal experience.

It’s also been aged in well used ex- bourbon casks – so the wood influence was minimal.

Essentially what I’m after in a rum is something different to whiskey & the Haiti 2004 provided that.

Barley may need years in wood to shine, but sugarcane positively sparkles in it’s unaged form.

I think tonight’s tasting just confirmed that for me.


All bottle images courtesy Celtic Whiskey Shop – where the rums are available.