Cane Island Cuba Rum

Cane Island Cuba Rum

Today we have another in the series of Cane Island blends which hasn’t been doing fantastically well in this series. This one is a blend of undisclosed cuban distilleries, ranging from 3 to 5 years of age, and bottled an unfortunate 40%.

Today is also my transition from the European to Australian timezone for Christmas (I’m writing this up from half-way in between, so this is also contingent on my luggage actually making it), so the days may get a little mixed up from here on 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: Undisclosed
ABV: 40%
Age: 3-5yo
Cask type: ex-Bourbon
Source: 24 Rums Advent Calendar
Setting: Blind

Nose: Cinnamon, nutmeg, spicy oak, raisin, vanilla, deep brown sugar, some overripe fruit funk. Now we’re talking! Oak forward and inviting.
Palate: Sultanas, nutmeg and brown sugar lead the way, this took a right turn and went christmas cake where I thought it was going to go oak bomb. Seems to be a little sweetened, if I am not mistaken.
Finish: Christmas cake, brown sugar and mildly tannic. Medium length.
Overall: This was certainly head and shoulders better than many of the rums in this calendar. Assertive oak, lots of dried fruits and an appreciable molasses character. I wish it was a little drier and a little higher proof, but all in all this was good stuff.
Rank: 6
Reveal: I was getting worried for the Cane Island bottlings after the previous two, but this shows promise where the other two didn’t.