Whisper Antigua Gold Rum

Whisper Antigua Gold Rum

Whisper is a relatively new rum created by a couple of french entrepreneurs living in Antigua. They sourced their distillate from Antigua Distillery, and aged it in ex-bourbon barrels for a couple of years. It was first released in 2015. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of information floating around about this one that isn’t in french (and I don’t speak french), so most of this was sourced from The Lone Caner’s fantastic writeup.

They are clearly not colouring their rum, and from what I tasted this has no added sugar. I wish they would bottle a little higher proof, but the product is very good for 40%, and they have my respect for not backsweetening, colouring, or generally bullshitting.

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)

Producer: Whisper
ABV: 40%
Age: Undisclosed
Cask type: ex-Bourbon
Source: “24 Rums” Advent Calendar
Setting: Blind

Nose: Raw sugarcane, cornflakes, rich vanilla oakiness, pine bark, sweetness. Some tropical peach and mango notes.
Palate: Light, golden syrup, coconut, dried fruits.
Finish: Ends with fruity notes of dried mango, apricot and golden syrup. Medium length.
Overall: A very enjoyable, straight forward english style rum. Not particularly funky, some clear oak presence, and some fruity complexity to search out. It tastes like it’s around 40%, which is one thing it could definitely have improved on—but if it is 40%, it is regardless very good for the proof.
Rank: 6