I took my dive into the world of high end rum today. I picked up a bottle of Rhum Barbancourt 8 year and British Navy Pusser's Rum.
The Barnacourt 8 year starts off very sweet. Sweeter than Courvoisier V.S., but without the velvety body of the congac. The finish has more than a twinge of the rum aftertaste I loathe about cheaper rum, but it's excusable given the balance that the sweetness provides. I'm looking forward to trying the rest of the bottle to see if it grows on me more.
The smell of Pusser's is much stronger than the Barbancourt. Its taste changes as it flows from the glass and over my tongue. My palette is not good enough to tease out each flavor, but there's easily two or three big ones that stand out, one changing to the other until the rum is swallowed, and I can tell there are more. I don't have the vocabulary to describe them yet. The Pusser's aftertaste lingers soft and mellow; the countryside resting after a storm, while rumbles of thunder fade into the distance.
I love the dark candy flavor of bourbon; the sophisticated, ancient flavors of single malt scotch are a pleasure to behold; a smooth sip of congac relaxes the nerves and eases the soul; and rum? I'm hesitant to categorize all rums by the example Pusser's sets, but it's a thing of wonder that is as complex and sophisticated as it is bold and direct.
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on Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:23 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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