Info: “Penny Blue XO Single Estate Mauritian Rum is distilled from the molasses of our home-grown sugar canes, carefully matured in oak and bottled at the Medine Estate on the tropical island of Mauritius. A true expression of our terroir, Penny Blue can proudly claim to be an authentic Single Estate Mauritian Rum.”. 10,000 bottles, matured in ex-Whisky casks (66%) and ex-Bourbon casks (34%). The oldest rum in this blend is vintage 2003, thus 11 years old.
Colour: Nice bright sunny gold.
Nose: Similarly bright to the colour, there’s hints of tropical fruits, rich brown sugars, some vanilla and oak spices.
Palate: Pleasingly sweet, but not too sweet, thick and moreish. Pulped tropical fruits.
Finish: Long enough, slightly dry, fading out to a really relaxed sweet finish.
Thoughts: A great sipping rum, a lovely summers evening tipple at a good price.
Comment: Ok, so it’s not whisky… but it’s nice to change it up once in a while. I know I like rum, but like whisky there’s so much variety it’s hard to know where to begin. All I can say is that I really like this, so if you don’t know where to start then you could do a heck of a lot worse than starting here, if you like to sip whisky then you’ll enjoy sipping this.
Available: Berry Brothers and Rudd – £40
Thanks to BBR for the sample.