In almost every bar, hotel, licenced restaraunt & off-license I went to in Scotland last summer OVD Rum was there.
It’s as ubiquitous as Haggis or Irn-Bru.
First blended & bottled in Dundee back in 1838 using rum distilled in Guyana – OVD stands for Old Vatted Demerara.
Demerara Rum is a style displaying sweet & funky qualities – not too heavy nor too light – generally classified as a dark rum.
Interestingly wooden pot stills are used to this day in Guyana to distill rum – creating a link to the past in the present day.
I ordered a glass.
Dark rum indeed!
Definitely sweet – too caramelly sweet for my liking – but with an underlying soft funkiness.
The palate started off silky smooth.
Only on the back end did an earthy, vegetal funkiness peck through the overpowering caramel to give a bit of character & complexity.
An easy drinking accessible sweet rum which obviously has the Scottish market covered.
Header image courtesy of whiskyexchange.
Wormit sits on the Fife side of the River Tay overlooking Dundee City.
Back in 1879 the recently built Tay Rail Bridge collapsed into the river taking a train and all the people inside with it.
A new memorial to the disaster sits on the peaceful foreshore with fine views of the current bridge beyond.
Wormit also has a fine restaurant in The View – the purpose of my visit – and a few choice whiskies to sample.
I chose Tormore 12 Year Old.
My knowledge of this whisky was scant – but on tasting – it told me all I needed to know.
The nose is soft & subtle.
The palate started off weak & watery – bland & inoffensive – devoid of any strong flavours or character.
There was a suggestion of mild heat on the pleasant easy finish.
It’s how I experience many a malt from Speyside.
Soft, subtle, easy & approachable.
Ultimately dull to my tastes.
Unlike the rich flavoursome food served up by The View.
I’d particularly recommend the Haggis Fritters myself.