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.
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