Deep from the barrel…
24 year old Demerara rum….
wood….spices….molasses….leather….oh my what flavors!
Here`s a 24 year old rum from Guyana by Our Rum and Spirits which is an independent German bottler that all of a sudden ended up in my hands! you know i love demerara rums very very much! couldn`t wait to take a sip of this….
I had never heard of Our Rum and Spirits until now, they are a German independent bottler since 9 years that had 2 rums in the beginning and now have 30 rums. He opened a restaurant in 2011, Gasthaus im Brühl in the town of Hildesheim where they offer rum and fruit brandy tastings.
After being asked if they had rums to sell they started to sell rum from Guyana since june last year. The first batch was Diamond 2003-2014 which now is sold out. It was 60 bottles of 62.5 % ABV demerara rum. Only 3 bottles remain in the restaurant.
And then in december 2014 a load of 100 bottles of rum from Barbados came (43%) which are 48 euros each plus a barrel of this 24 year old demerara rum (61.2 %) , 178 bottles at 110 euros each. The demerara rum is not colored or cold filtered.
Grab it while you can!
This rum was first aged in Britain and came to Germany in 2013.
The barrel is marked MEV which stands for Maine Rum Enmore Versailles which tells us that still the rum was produced in was the Versailles still which is a pot still – it once belonged to the Enmore Distillery.
The Versailles still was first moved to the Enmore Distillery, and then was further moved to the Uitvlugt Distillery in 1993 and later again in the beginning of 2000 when Uitvlugt was closed to the Diamond Distillery, where the still is operating today.
The history of the Guyana sugar estates and their stills is a bit complicated….especially since a lot of information is incomplete or lacking, nevertheless…because of that there´s an air of mystique surrounding the demerara rums and it will most likely continue to stay that way.
But in short, during the hey day of sugar production in Guyana there were something in between 200-380 rum distilleries, that was in the 17th century when almost every sugar estate had their own distillery and then they were slowly declining over time into the mid 18th century and until the turn of the century when only 64 were left.
Then in the 70s only 3 remained, and that was Diamond, Enmore and Uitvlugt out of which Diamond Liquors (Diamond Distillery) and Guyana Distillers (Uitvlugt Distillery) were merged into Demerara Distillers Limited, the DDL which today is the only operating distillery left in Guyana and are mostly known for the El Dorado rums but also sell rums in bulk to private bottlers, like Our Rum and Spirits and the 24 year old demerara rum which i`m reviewing now.
Now on to the review!
In the nose: it`s a deep barrel nose with wood, tropical fruits, leather, apricot, molasses, burnt sugar, hints of vanilla….
In the mouth: Oh wow….so many flavors! the wood flavor is deep without being so much wood that it totally overpowers everything else which sometimes can happen with very old rums, but deep! and it`s bordering the line. It tastes like “an old pirate ship”! hints of leather, dark molasses, apricot, raisin and plums, tropical fruits, orange peel, it´s thick and rich – it´s a woody flavor explosion….but to me there is something very satisfying with these deep rich flavors of very old rums.
Seeing to that there´s very few bottles of it i`d advise you get one if you can, it`s a good rum and for a demerara rum lover, you need this. Their online shop will be open in about 2 weeks from now, keep an eye open!
www.ourrumandspirits.de (website in the making)
Not gonna make a cocktail with my precious sample! but i bet it would make a killer Mai Tai! maybe when i get my big bottle…