Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Rum Nook: Assessment 87-89 – Rum Nation Small Batch Uncommon Rums (2016 launch)

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Two bizarre cousins and a reasonably stoic uncle.


Not that way back DDL and El Dorado issued three single
cask, cask power rums. The primary ever instantly from DDL, by DDL themselves.

This marked the start of an period, and across the rum world, whispering was
heard how DDL was now going to kill off the indie bottlers who has been issuing
bottle after bottle of continentally aged, cask power Demeraras (and a
single one who issued tropically aged ones).

Fortunately the rum brokers nonetheless have there grubby arms on a
lot of older Demerara casks, and subsequently lots of indie Demeraras are nonetheless popping up in all places.

Now, Rum Nation will not be unknown within the sense of issuing
They’ve had their Demerara No. 14 for some years now,
they usually have additionally had an nearly annual launch of a 20+ yr outdated Demerara.
However till just lately they haven’t been dealing in cask
power rums, other than a few Caronis and a white Jamaican pot nonetheless
Then they issued the Supreme Lord VIII – A gargantuan cask
power Monymusk.
And now they’re firing all weapons, and bringing at least
three small batch cask power rums to the market.
As a result of they selected to subject three Demeraras without delay, I
thought it will be enjoyable to assault them in the same means, that I did with the
three El Dorado Uncommon Assortment rums.
Very like their Guyanese competitor, Rum Nation has chosen
to subject three single nonetheless, single cask rums.
An 11 yr outdated Diamond from 2005 bottled at 58,6%
A 14 yr outdated Enmore from 2002 bottled at 56,8%
A 21 yr outdated Port Mourant from 1995 bottled at 57,7%
Sound good, doesn’t it. The 11 yr outdated Diamond seems like
one thing I’ve seen 1,000,000 occasions earlier than. However a 14 yr outdated Enmore and
notably the 21 yr outdated Port Mourant are very, very fascinating.
Nevertheless Diamond, Enmore and Port Mourant are to my information
essentially the most generally indie bottled rums from Guyana, so nothing too particular right here.
Yeah, I do know, I’ve been tackling lots of Rum Nation rums
recently. Nope, they didn’t pay me to do it. I identical to what they do, they usually
have issued lots of very fascinating merchandise today. So,
that’s why.

Now shut up and skim on.

I solely have samples of those rums, so Google might be
supplying the visible knowledge for this paragraph.
For this launch Rum Nation has performed one thing refreshing:
Chosen a brand new design. However not so vastly totally different, that it doesn’t nonetheless relate
to the common releases.
The bottle appears to be like very a lot the identical because the newer stubby
bottles, however with a barely extra ”techno” closure. Maybe it’s a glass
”cork”, maybe it’s artificial. I’ll should ask Mr. Rossi about that once I
see him in October.

[EDIT]: A form reader defined to me, that the closure is a Vinolok glass thingie, which seals off the bottle fully, provides off no style or odour, and lets you stack your rums sideways such as you would with wine. I am immediately very inquisitive about studying extra about these, and presumably getting a bag of them to exchange outdated, damaged corks in my rum assortment.

For the primary time ever the bottles are available in tubes. Beige
colored cardboard tubes. With metallic lids.
Aside from the outdated wood packing containers, this must be my favorite
Rum Nation packaging to this point. Correct packaging simply provides that little further.

The tube is embellished with typical Rum Nation sort graphics
and stamps – and a brand new label with all the proper data.

Following within the
tracks of CdI, Rum Nation is immediately beginning to present all related knowledge
proper there on the label. Nice information everybody! 12 months created, yr bottled, nonetheless used, origin, power,
cask quantity and bottle quantity.

All in all, I just like the presentation very a lot! It appears
cleaner and extra crisp, than the common Rum Nation look.

Diamond 2005

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The well-known double column metallic coffey nonetheless has recently been
a big favorite among the many indies. And for good cause I reckon. I’ve tried
a number of Diamonds alongside the best way, they usually not often disappoint.

The rum has a pleasant mahogany color. Contemplating its reasonably
meagre 11 years of age, it appears darker than I might anticipate.

Contained in the glass it creates a pleasant seen layer of residue
when twirled. Nothing too thick, however a hoop is rapidly made seen, and slowly
it morphs into small droplets, which descend slowly.
The nostril comes off a little bit skinny.
It does have some good Demerara notes, like large juicy raisins
and prunes blended with soaking moist, darkish wooden.
There may be some recent grassy undertones, with an enormous bag of
Principally cumin and cloves, but additionally a little bit vanilla and
After which, essentially the most shocking factor of all: a wierd layer
of vodka.
It feels tremendous fishy, and I’ve by no means discovered that word in a
rum earlier than, however that’s what it jogged my memory of. A slight sharpness and an
huge journey down reminiscence lane to my youth the place amount beat high quality not less than
two nights every week.
Humorous nostril, however fortunately there was some typical suspects.


Getting into, among the notes from the nostril take the lead.
Huge, fats raisins and prunes, together with the cloves, cumin
and soaked wooden.
And that sticks with you for fairly a while, earlier than it
opens as much as show some anise, a touch of vanilla and an enormous stick of liquorice.
It does have a sharpness to it, which really feel simply barely
managed. I’m not saying that it’s disagreeable, nevertheless it’s not very nice
May or not it’s the excessive power? Maybe. However I’ve had many
excessive proof rums, which was higher managed.
It’s not at all a foul rum. Not a all. It’s tasty, it’s
pleasant and it’s good enjoyable. It simply wants a little bit knuckles earlier than it performs


Nothing new occurring, simply lots of the identical outdated at decrease
Because the fade kicks in, it feels increasingly pleasant because it
nears the tip.
As if the undesirable parts fades faster than the
fascinating ones.
The vodka reference is bizarre. Tremendous bizarre. It doesn’t
destroy the expertise. Quite the opposite really. Fortunately it tastes nothing
like vodka, so I’m not anxious in regards to the high quality in regards to the rum.
Humorous nostril, good tasty and lengthy, nice end.
That is positively an fascinating rum.
Going for round €130 (if you could find it), it’s not the
costliest one. Nevertheless there can even be different indie Diamonds accessible
within the worth vary. Will or not it’s single cask? Not essentially. Will or not it’s cask
power? Most likely not. However a number of could also be, and you must ensure to test
them out as effectively.
This isn’t one of the best Diamond I’ve had, so there could also be
higher options on the market.
Nevertheless, as this can be a good rum and certainly an fascinating
drink, it will get a…

Enmore 2002 

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One of the crucial well-known Guyanese stills is the Enmore wood
coffey nonetheless. Commonly the supply of an indie rum or two and for my part
usually an enormous case of hit and miss.

Recently many of the Enmores I’ve encountered are enormous baggage
of pencil shavings, and nothing extra.

I’ve nevertheless met a really superior 2002 Enmore at whereas again,
which now rests on my shelf, and might be adressed at a later time on the weblog.
Due to this fact I’m trying very a lot ahead to attempting this Rum
Nation Enmore 2002 as effectively.
The place the Diamond was a darkish mahogany, the Enmore is a
bleached, soiled blond – nearly white – liquid. Twirling it yields acquainted
outcomes. Straightforward flowing, good droplets, blah, blah. The standard pure rum.


Okay. Pencils. Boatloads, however a little bit restrained.
Whenever you sit down with it, and permit it to enthrall you,
there’s nonetheless one thing to be found.
Large lime and lemon peels. This rum is large on citrus
And that’s virtually it. The sunshine woods and the citrus.
The Diamond had that unusual vodka word.
This citrus a part of the Enmore jogs my memory closely of
lukewarm gin and Schweppes dry lemon. You already know, that half drink, late on the
get together the place it’s best to have left an hour in the past. The ice cubes are lengthy gong, and
you may’t bear in mind if you had you final sip.
By now you should be pondering that I’m fully off my
noodle. And for good cause.
I do know it’s insanely arduous to imagine, however I’m useless critical.
There may be not a lot range to the nostril of the Enmore, however
it’s fairly the fascinating fellow. There is no such thing as a off notes, and nothing that I
would reasonably have performed with out. And the unusual notes introduced a smile to my
Proper now I’m simply trying ahead to see the place we’re going
from right here.


Fortunately it didn’t style like stale gin and lemon. That
would have upset me past comprehension. It does nevertheless style quite a bit
like different Enmores I’ve tried.
A great cocktail of pencil shavings, cloves and anise, and a
very distant couple of fruity notes.
It’s nevertheless a really good rum. Though this profile will not be
my most well-liked one, it’s evident that we’re coping with a terrific rum.
The pencil shavings are managed, tasty and effectively
It’s spherical, but additionally scorching as hell due to the excessive proof.
Reasonably brief contemplating the power.
The fade brings nothing new, apart from a slight shift in
the steadiness away from the pencil shaving parts. It feels a bit sweeter and a
little extra fruity because it makes its means in the direction of the exit.
And it cleans up tremendous properly. 
Yet one more tremendous fascinating rum. Though it isn’t my most well-liked profile, I loved it a

Maybe one of the best bottle of pencil shavings I’ve tried.

The large lime peel on the nostril was one thing new and enjoyable,
and I’m grateful that it didn’t carry over to the palate an excessive amount of.
Bought for €150 it is a little more costly than the Diamond,
and I can see why.
It’s clearly a greater constructed rum. Personally I might go for
the Diamond due to its extra approachable nature with extra typical notes. However
the Enmore is not at all a canine within the large image.

When you have €150 to spend there’s lots of choices. However
there isn’t many cask power Enmores accessible. In case you’re desirous about the
El Dorado Enmore 1993, you’re looking at a rise in worth of €75, in order that
is a barely totally different league.

I just lately checked out a Samaroli 1990 Demerara, which additionally
had large pencil shrapnel. However the place the Samaroli felt slim, uncontrolled
and damaging, the RN Enmore is extra rounded, extra managed and fewer of an
I.E.D. The warmth is even saved in test, and it felt nowhere close to as aggressive
because the a lot older and weaker Samaroli.
Due to this fact it get away with a pleasant…

Port Mourant 1995

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Final however not least, the 21 yr outdated Port Mourant.

Aaah. Port Mourant. Maybe essentially the most well-known of all Guyanese
stills. The double wood pot nonetheless. 

The final one on the planet. In operation
for 1,000,000 years. Made by God on the twelfth day of creation, proper after he
created Adam and Eve, sugar cane, the cane press, yeast and the artwork of
Jokes apart, this one is virtually equivalent to the
Diamond in color, which elevated my shock with the Diamond color. The PM
is sort of twice as outdated and nearly the identical color. Unusual.
In case you give it a twirl, it would react as you anticipate. Good
layer, good ring, good droplets, good gravity.


Already on the nostril, you will really feel proper at residence.
This can be a very typical Port Mourant.
Heavy in nature, with preliminary notes of darkish wooden, anise,
juice prunes and winey tannins.
I’m questioning the place the huge muscle tissues of the 57.7% ABV are
To date it feels extra like every other sub 50% Port Mourant,
than a sub 60% beast. However I’ve been shocked prior to now, so let’s see what
Beneath the traditional Port Mourant profile, there’s additionally some
ripe limes. Juice and peel.
And within the background, a little bit burnt rubber, however nothing to
All the pieces blends collectively in a means which is smart. A bit
layered, however not separated.
I hope it tastes equally effectively.


And there we’ve got it … the hidden beast!
Wauw! The primary sip nearly tore my head straight off.
Though ”simply” medium profiled, it confirmed me a degree of
flavour and pressure, that needed to be taken severely.
First the traditional Port Mourant wooden. Excessive on oak, excessive on
tannins, with an enormous, juice crimson wine character.
Then got here an unusually massive bag of dried fruits, with
prunes, figs, juicy raisins and apricots.
It feels extra fruity than most different Port Mourants I’ve
tried, and it brings some sweetness to the desk.
Large quantities of liquorice. The uncooked and fairly bitter pure
liquorice. Very good.
The one other wave of darkish, heavy wooden, however with out feeling
over oaked.

There is no such thing as a doubt in my thoughts, that this can be a excellent Port
Mourant. It’s tremendous tasty, and feels effectively composed, balanced, flavourful and

It dies off a bit too rapidly. Whenever you survive the primary
blast, and also you expertise how tasty it’s, you’ll need it to remain for a really
very long time.
Maybe the bitterness from the liquorice and the tannins
does too good of a job of cleansing up, and sort of jumps the gun a bit.
By no means the much less the fade continues to be very tasty, and brings out
a little bit of the lime-features from the nostril.


That is by far my favorite amongst these three new cask
power Demeraras.
Far more tasty and far more effectively composed than the Diamond
and the Enmore.
No humorous stuff, only a nice, outdated Port Mourant.

I’ve discovered the PM for something between €200 and €250, and
that’s quite a bit.

It’s nevertheless what these outdated, single cask Demeraras value
I might nevertheless recommendation you to strive before you purchase. Cask power
rums are usually not an instantaneous love affair for everyone. Some might desire one of many
45-46% Demeraras from the Rum Nation previous – or every other bottler for that
In case you are a cask power fanboy like me, you’ll get pleasure from
the Port Mourant very a lot.
The standard of this rum must be reasonably apparent. I actually assume
it’s. However understanding how insane a cask power Demerara might be, this Port
Mourant is probably too mild and too straightforward going.
And that’s the reason it received’t attain the highest of rum world. However it nonetheless leaves with a…

Ranking: 87/100

Closing Ideas

What a terrific expertise. As soon as once more Mr. Rossi has issued a
lot of rums, which makes you’re feeling that you’re attempting one thing new.
The unusual vodka-Diamond, the gin and Schweppes-Enmore and
the superior, however mild, traditional Port Mourant.
Two bizarre cousins and a reasonably stoic uncle.
A set of this unusual household will set you again round €520,
so most individuals will assume twice earlier than getting the complete vary.
The cheaper Diamond and Enmore might lure some to provide them a
go with out having tried it first. However in my world the actual gem is the far more
costly Port Mourant.

Even on the €200 mark it’s a nice rum. No query about

Cask power and smaller batch rums are getting extra and
extra common today, and other people appear to be prepared to half with massive
quantities of money for such bottlings, so the evolution of the Rum Nation line-up
may be very comprehensible.
I acknowledge the hassle from Mr. Rossi with these rums, and
I for one am not going to complain about extra cask power rums. However I can’t
assist however surprise if that is actually the proper transfer for Rum Nation.
For my part Rum Nation is the king of 40-46% indie
bottlings. They churn out a big and diversified line up of rums from all around the
old style origins, they usually do it very, very effectively.
The Port Mourant was stellar, however the different two weren’t up
to typical Rum Nation requirements. In my eyes not less than.
Just lately I tackled the Supreme Lord VIII which was
incredible, they usually have nice success with excessive proof Caronis and a few
I don’t know. Maybe I’m simply not adjusting to alter that
I’ll have to attend for additional releases earlier than drawing any
conclusions. For now I’m simply grateful that the world has extra small batch,
cask power rums to select from.
Sustain the good work, Mr. Rossi.
Diamond 2005: Ranking 78/100
Enmore 2002: Ranking 82/100
Port Mourant 1995: Ranking 87/100


2-3 years in the past, I bought the Velier Diamond 1996, Enmore 1995 and Port Mourant 1997 for
round that very same costs, because the three new Rum Nation rums prices. The rum world
has moved a really good distance since then and we’re seeing a totally totally different
market now.

So, in case you get a number of of the Rum Nation small batch
rums, and fall in love, my recommendation might be to replenish. As a result of as soon as they’re
gone, the following related rum could also be much more costly.


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