Well – I assumed they were rums!
Having previously arranged sample swaps from a number of sources – by the time of arrival I’ve often forgotten what’s been chosen from whom – rather than look up past correspondence I simply pour, taste & enjoy.
This frees me from any undue bias towards particular brands or styles.
Nor do I sit with them for long.
The samples are poured – 3 in this instance – viewed to compare colour – no noticeable difference here – sniffed, swallowed & immediate tasting notes scribbled.
A few minutes later Sample C was the clear winner.
Notes in italics were written before the reveal.
Copeland Bordeaux Grand Cru Rum, 42% – Sample C
Super bad, super funky! Rich & smooth tasting treacly palate. Gorgeous funky finish. Bit of prickly spice.
Killowen Peated Dark Rum, 58.1% – Sample B
More depth & more funk – than Sample A. I tasted A to C – Smooth delivery, nice mouthfeel. Opens up on rear, prickly finish. Good depth of flavours.
Killowen Dark Rum, 55% – Sample A
Nice nose, soft, sweet, rum like, slight funk. Bit sharp. Bite on finish, prickly spice. High strength?
Bit of an experience!
Well that was an enjoyable tasting – 3 lovely rums with a clear winner!
The smooth delivery, rich flavours & gorgeous funkiness of Copeland’s Grand Cru instantly won me over.
The 2 Killowen’s funk just didn’t shine in comparison & sadly – I have to admit – the high strength of Dark Rum was a bigger defining feature than the subtle flavours within.
Their Peated Dark Rum however – despite being stronger at 58.1% – did excite & while I didn’t detect the peat presence it clearly influenced my choice. Nor did the high ABV deter.
Where would your palate have taken you?
Donaghadee is where I’m going to replenish my rums!