A very handsomely presented decanter-style bottle of Plantation Extra Old rum from Barbados. Unusually, the rums are initially aged in the Caribbean in ex-bourbon casks, before being trasported to Charente (home of the bottlers, cognac producer C. Ferrand) and undergoing a second maturation in small French oak casks. 94 points from the Beverage Tasting Institue in Chicago.
An awesome rum - winner of a Platinum medal and ranked in First Place by the prestigious Beverage Tasting Institue in Chicago, with a whopping 97 points. Interestingly, now that industry giants Diageo are distributing Zacapa, the '23 years old' age statement has suddenly been dropped and replaced with a somewhat more plausible claim - the rums used are aged between 6 and 23 years old and are blended together in a solera.
A truly superb dark golden rum made in Bermuda by Gosling's, who are of course much more famous for their Black Seal rum of Dark 'N' Stormy fame. To overlook this complex sipper would be a mistake, however - we think it's a hidden gem.
Originally aged in ex-cognac casks, this 2002 vintage rum from the Reunion Island's Savanna distillery has been finished for six months in sherry casks for extra smoothness and a layer of fruity sweetness.
Named after the Spanish term for the sugar cane harvest, Zafra Master Reserve is a premium Panamanian rum matured for at least 21 years in casks that formerly held bourbon. Blended by a former maestro ronero for Havana Club, Zafra is a pleasingly rich but interestingly dry rum with a perfectly silky mouthfeel and superb balance. Marvellous stuff.
Clarke's Court #37 Blend was released in 2010 to coincide with the 37th anniversary of the island's independence from the British Empire. Coincidentally, the buildings that house Clarke's Court distillery first produced rum back in 1937. This is aged for 8 years in oak before bottling.
Not to be confused with Zacapa Centenario, this Fundacion 20yo is made by Centenario Internacional, who hail from Costa Rica. Sweet and easy-sipping, this is a rum of complexity and depth, and is packaged in a rather fancy leather jacket.