Deconstructing Wood’s Rum – #WoodsTT
I’m lucky enough to have been involved with a Twitter Tasting, looking at Wood’s Rum… and deconstructing it’s three component parts, tasting them separately before then trying the finished article… not something you get to do every day! Firstly, let’s quickly review what and who Woods are:
“Woods has been around since 1887 and was first created in the docks at Liverpool. Back then it was a company called The Woods Trading Co. who had ships coming in from all over the world. They had barrels of rum coming in on their ships and they seized an opportunity and a trade agreement was set up to import 3 different marques of rum and Woods was born. Woods is unchanged and sticking to our traditions is a key part of what we do. We are a traditional Navy style rum, a Demerara rum, a Navy strength rum, and a Dark rum.”
I don’t know that much about rums to be honest with you, but I do know that sometimes they make a nice alternative drop of drammage to whiskies.
I know I like Appleton Estate rums, via previous twitter tastings… but recently I was lucky enough to be invited along to a twitter tasting of Gosling’s offerings, and very happy I was to be able to check them out. The rums come with various stories and names which I’ll skip over right now, and get straight on to the good stuff…
Penny Blue, XO Single Estate, Mauritian Rum, Batch No 004, 43.3% abv
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.
The Duppy Share – Caribbean Rum – 40% ABV
In the whisky world, the angels take their share of whisky from the casks maturing it. In the Caribbean, it’s the mischievous Duppy spirits that travel from island to island, taking their share of rum from the casks. This legend is where the stylish Duppy Share Caribbean Rum takes its name. It’s made from a blend of bourbon-barrel-matured 5 year old rum from Barbados and 3 year old rum from Jamaica. A bright, bold and altogether very handsome rum. (Thanks to Master of Malt for that precis).
I enjoy a good rum from time to time, but I’m very new to them in general, so here’s my thoughts as a newbie..
It doesn’t have to all be about whisky… so for tonight’s review I’d like to introduce:
Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Rumbullion! Navy Strength.
By / from Master of Malt…
The official blurb reads as such.. “Rumbullion! Navy Strength is made using a secret recipe with a Caribbean rum at its spicy core. Expect big spicy flavours of cardamom, clove and vanilla in this legendary spiced rum.” For my notes, please read on…