Cane Island Jamaica Rum

Cane Island Jamaica Rum

Cane Island Jamaica Rum is a young (3-5y) megablend of Jamaican rums (Worthy Park, Monymusk, Hampden & New Yarmouth) that is sourced by Cane Island. It is diluted to 40% and quite possibly backsweetened. On paper this seems like it could be at least mildly interesting, but lets see how it shakes out.

This is a series of blind tastings from the “24 Rums” advent calendar. I have not looked at what is in the calendar, so every one of these reviews is 100% no prior knowledge.

1. Dictador 20
2. Whisper Antigua Gold Rum
3. New Grove 8yo
4. Cihuatan 8 year Solera
5. Domaine de Séverin VO
6. Novo Fogo Familia
7. NAUD Ron Panama 15yo
8. Enghaven Blackstrap Rum
9. Zuidam Flying Dutchman Dark Rum No. 3
10. Deadhead Dark Chocolate
11. Rum Magec Ron Añejo XO Oloroso
12. Fijian Rum Liqueur 8yo
13. Matugga Golden Rum
14. Cane Island Trinidad Rum
15. Cane Island Jamaica Rum
16. Saint James Rhum Vieux 7yo
17. Neptuns Rhum
18. Cane Island Cuba Rum
19. Borgoe 8yo
20. Mombacho Ron Reserva 8yo
21. Old New Orleans Amber Rum
22. Tres Hombres 2017 7 year Solera
23. Travellers 5yo Reserve
24. Barceló Imperial Ron Dominicano
25. Barceló Imperial Ron Dominicano (Take 2)

Distiller: Worthy Park, Monymusk, Hampden & New Yarmouth
ABV: 40%
Age: 3-5yo
Cask type: ex-Bourbon
Source: 24 Rums Advent Calendar
Setting: Blind

Nose: Pungent sweet overripe citrus, durian, sugar candy. Some clear rubber notes.
Palate: Rather sweet. Cloying sweetened citrus and coriander.
Finish: The sweetness kills off any particular interest, and I’m left with a mild vanilla blossom perfume character.
Overall: This tastes like an aggressively sweetened agricole, and I’m not particularly fond of it. It is not as bad as Day 5, but it did have some rubbery bathroom notes tucked in there.
Rank: 3
Reveal: Well, certainly not an agricole then. This is bizarre because it does not taste like any Jamaican rum I’ve tasted before. If I had to guess, I would this has been adulterated pretty heavily. Looking back at my notes from yesterday's Cane Island it is uncanny how similar they were, being sourced from completely different countries and distilleries. I have to think that something to do with Cane Island is at play here.