Rum Review: Jamaica XO Rum

Category: Gold Rum

Origin: Jamaica

Bottling: Mezan

ABV: 40%

Cost: £29.95 buy from Master of Malt

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What they say:

Mezan Rum

Meticulously selected by our Cellar Master, Mezan rums capture the depth and diversity of the Caribbean and offer a taste of its purest, most authentic flavors. Distilleries old and new, some founded centuries ago, others no longer in operation; all are subject to our Cellar Master’s discerning eye. He tirelessly travels throughout the region, seeking out its hidden treasures: untouched rums, artfully crafted from a single year’s distillation by a single distillery. Unsweetened, uncolored and only lightly filtered, these vintage rums represent the finest, truest expression of their producer and country of origin.

Jamaica XO

This small batch of 5000 bottles was carefully blended from rums produced by several different Jamaican distilleries. Our master blender has carefully selected the age and ester content of the chosen spirits so that the typical pungency and tropical flavors of Jamaican rum are shown at their very best. Each single batch of Mezan XO, is re-aged following blending, to encourage the marriage of flavors and enhance the structure and subtlety of the rum.

Nose

Pungent nose with fresh banana and sweet spice.

Taste

Light palate, complex spice with hints of tobacco.

What I say:

Produced from a blend of rum casks from two Jamaican distilleries: Monymusk and Hampden aged between 4 and 23 years of age, re-casked and allowed to marry for many years before bottling as this Jamaica XO expression from Mezan. Sampled during the #MezanRum tweet tasting hosted by Steve @TheWhiskyWire

Appearance:

Light straw gold (4/20)

Nose:

Sweet vanilla & icing sugar, ripe & green banana or plantain, some sugar cane or demerara

Taste:

Mid sweet, vanilla, pastry, banana, peachy a little citrus bite grapefruit pith, linseed oil & almond butter

Finish:

short crisp green apple and cinnamon

Score: 85/100

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