Holmes Cay is well-known for its aged rums, however currently it has made strikes to department out into unaged expressions. These two new releases are each unaged white rums from Distillerie de Savanna on Reunion Island (within the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Madagascar). Neither has beforehand been obtainable within the U.S.
Each rums are a part of the corporate’s Single Origin Version assortment, numbers 2 and three respectively.
We acquired samples of each to attempt. Let’s dig in.
Holmes Cay Reunion Island Agricole Rum – That enjoyable agricole funk hits you the second you crack open the bottle — and it actually smells like a delight: Contemporary petrol melded with inexperienced grass and — most of all — briny inexperienced olives. I hoped for a martini-like high quality on the palate, however the hogo is actually all-encompassing right here, taking over a inexperienced pepper punchiness and a tarry high quality that turns into biting and a bit guttural. There’s sweetness current late within the recreation, however it feels a bit synthetic, by no means fairly connecting with its salty, peppery assault. I warmed up a bit to the rum after vital time in glass, however issues by no means wholly coalesced. There’s absolutely a spot for a rum like this on the planet, however I’m not solely positive the place. 100 proof. B / $40
Holmes Cay Reunion Island Grand Arome Rum – A high-ester molasses rum fermented for ten days. Notes of acetone meld with impossibly overripe fruit to create a nostril so sharp it feels prefer it sears your gentle tissue and causes your eyes to water. Fermenting mango aromas result in bubble gum notes, slowly burning off to disclose saline — once more, olive-adjacent. There’s lots extra acetone the place that got here from on the palate, bombing you once more with overripe fruit and bubblegum notes — after which comes a wholesome spray of kosher salt. Once more fairly biting on the end, its hefty alcohol content material leaving a mentholated burn on the lungs. Once more, a wild wild trip that leaves the drinker exhausted. 115 proof. B / $50