Zuidam Flying Dutchman Dark Rum No. 3

Zuidam Flying Dutchman Dark Rum No. 3

Zuidam is a Dutch distiller, and this is their “Flying Dutchman Dark Rum No. 3”, a rum that is aged for at least 3 years in a blend of Oloroso, PX and virgin American oak casks. This masterful achievement is then crowned with a watering-down to 40% and backsweetening.

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: Zuidam
ABV: 40%
Age: 3yo
Cask type: Blend of PX, Oloroso & virgin American oak
Source: “24 Rums” Advent Calendar
Setting: Blind

Nose: Honeycomb, linen, fresh bread, floral perfume, pineapple, caramel. Little barrel or molasses influence here.
Palate: Light, mildly sweet, candy-like foral honeycomb, bready.

Finish: Long, sugary, honied finish. Tastes like it has been sweetened with honey, and it all comes out here on the finish.
Overall: This one was out of left field. To me it smells and tastes little like rum, and reminisces more of an oak-aged honey liqueur. An agricole, perhaps?
Rank: 4