From the heart of Deeside in Scotland comes this Golden Rum – Part of the growing rum revival scene in the country normally associated with whisky.
An enticing sweet funk on the nose.
Lovely oily coating mouthfeel. A rich creamy depth to it.
All wrapped up with gently tingling spices.
After enjoying the simple pleasures of Goslings
Black Seal, I was happy to explore further.
Gold Seal is pale straw in colour.
Gold Seal c/othewhiskeynut
A soft sweet funk presented itself on the nose which followed through into the palate.
The sugary sweetness was a tad overdone for me – but it had a good mouthfeel & an enjoyable prickly spice on the rear.
‘Sugar & spice & all things nice’ – as they say – which isn’t how you’d describe 151 Proof.
151 Proof c/othewhiskeynut
At a staggering 75.5% – 151 Proof is a beast of a rum!
A ruby brown hue & rather than burning – an aroma of heavy dark funk replete with treacly molasses came through.
Surprisingly smooth on the palate – initially.
The heavy funk is gradually superceded by the powerful drying & prickly heat of the 151 proof alcohol.
Full of flavour & entertainingly attractive – it left your senses reeling.
Handle 151 with care!
A pair of Goslings c/othewhiskeynut
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Liberté was a yoghurt brand with TV adverts from a few years ago?
Yet here in my local
Lidl was a simple & sparsely labelled bottle of white rum bearing the same name.
Liberté Rum c/othewhiskeynut
Liberté is a nod to the French connection that still exists on the tiny island of
Réunion in the Indian Ocean.
There are 3 rum distilleries operating on Rèunion;
Isautier, Rivière Du Mât & Savanna – take your pick as to the source.
I like it neat myself. c/othewhiskeynut
A clear colourless rum with distinctively fat oily legs.
A very soft mild & mellow nose didn’t give much away – but there was a suggestion of overripe fruits glimpsing through.
Extremely easy on the palate – slightly oily mouthfeel with a gently warming heat.
Letting it linger gradually opens up those funky fruit flavours – not overpowering – just pleasantly attractive – followed by a touch of tingling spice adding some flair to this endearing rum.
The 300 year history of rum distilling on Réunion is quietly imprinted on this charmingly beguiling Liberté White Rum.
Ship ahoy! c/othewhiskeynut
It floats my boat!
Despite visiting the Sunny South of Ireland – I’ve yet to encounter the sugarcane plantations of Kinsale.
Blacks Brewery & Distillery – based in the town – imported the molasses to make their Golden Irish Rum.
Ahoy mateys! c/othewhiskeynut
Presented in a distinctively shaped bottle – common across the Blacks Gin & Whiskey spirits range – with an elaborately designed label bearing both the Blacks Crow & a pirate ship – along with other steampunk style contraptions – the suitably golden liquid lured me in.
Irish Rum c/othewhiskeynut
A heavy funk on the nose – Jamaican style – with a hint of ripe fruitiness on top.
Luscious on the palate – the fruitiness puts in more of an appearance.
A gorgeously growing softly tingling spiciness rounds up this delightful rum – as the gentle funk slowly fades away.
I can see why it achieved
Gold at the recent World Rum Awards.
Intricate design. c/othewhiskeynut
It’s beautifully balanced with a complexity of flavours resulting in a charismatic characterful spirit.
My journey into Rum was signposted by a particular flavour –
Several rums had given me a burnt rubber note – not particularly enjoyable.
One rum kept being mentioned –
Wray & Nephew Overproof – and here it was before me.
Time to get funky? c/othewhiskeynut
Said to be the epitome of Jamaican funk.
Would it deliver?
Or was my palate just not amenable?
The clean, clear & fresh non aged rum possessed a vegetal earthiness combined with a richness – like a Jamaica Cake – that pulled me in.
Surprisingly easy on the palate. A sweet, smooth & ripe fruitiness together with that funkiness – reminiscent of the gorgeous Brett Saison from
Wide St Brewing – but without the bubbles!
Brett Saison c/o WideStreetBrewing
The 63% alcohol made it’s presence felt on the finish – and those fruity flavours danced merrily away for a long time.
Overproof isn’t over cooked,
It’s a fantastically balanced rum displaying complex flavours , richness & depth.
I think I just got funky!