Raj Bhakta‘s eponymous spirits line began out as an Armagnac purveyor, nevertheless it’s since expanded to whiskey and, now, rum — all of that are designed to showcase these spirits on the peak of their maturity.
The product is a mix of two single vintages of Jamaican rum, a 25 yr outdated column nonetheless rum (distilled in 1985) from Clarendon/Monymusk and a 23 yr outdated pot nonetheless rum (distilled in 1990) from Appleton. The 2 rums have been first blended in 2014 — proportions aren’t disclosed — and spent 3 further years in second-fill bourbon and rye barrels from MGP. Lastly, the rum was completed in casks of Bhakta’s Armagnac from the 1976 and 1980 vintages, finishing the wild street to the drinker. 1500 bottles have been produced (by no means to be repeated), bottled at cask power.
As is commonly the case with Bhakta’s “mad scientist” creations, this rum bottling is evocative and immersive from the beginning. The nostril promptly percolates with notes of cinnamon earlier than a punchy notice of earthy molasses takes over. Barely smoky the best way outdated pot-distilled rums could be, there’s a reasonable push of ethanol on the nostril that sears the nostrils a bit, evoking mint and rosemary with time in glass. Ample sweetness is obvious, although it’s initially unclear if it’s pushed by the unique distillate or the brandy barrel ending.
The palate suggests the latter: Chewy, very fruity, and heavy with floral components. Daring fruit notes rapidly come into focus, that includes lush fig backed up by citrus, adopted by pepper and a few anise components. Surprisingly mild on its toes, the brisk physique suggests extra of a column distillate than pot, although at this age and with all of the ending concerned, that’s powerful to say with any stage of certainty. Crispier spice notes develop into outstanding because the end builds, a clove notice making for a punchier denouement than the sweeter assault would counsel.
For such a well-aged rum bottled at cask power, it is a surprisingly delicate and approachable rum that by no means comes throughout as “too outdated” or hoary, although for those who’re consuming it straight, water helps to even out the tough edges significantly. For these tired of consuming this $500 rum — gulp — by itself, a barspoon floated atop your zombie or mint julep wouldn’t be out of line.
A / $500 / bhaktaspirits.com