A Rum Night in Linlithgow

The Whisky Boys were invited over to James Farrelly’s home for a wee tasting of some of his favourite Rum’s. So Jim and his wife Jacqueline and in the other car was Nicola, Scott and Jim’s two granddaughters, Loren and Carla headed over to Linlithgow which is just a short drive from Cumbernauld and Longcroft.

After all the introductions were over and the first beers were poured Jim, Nicola and James sat down at the tasting table where all the Rums and the oatcakes etc were all laid out awaiting our attention. Lets get down to tasting some Rums.

First up tonight was:-

Havana Club-Anejo Bianco, Cuba 40% Alc/vol 70clhavana-club-anejo-bianco

Colour…Clear

Nicola’s Tasting

Nose…Vanilla, perfumed afternoon tea.
Taste…Sweet, cinnamon sticks with a wee touch of peach melba.
Finish…Short.

Score…3 Corks

Jim’s Tasting

Nose…Light aroma’s with a scent of lavender.
Taste…Sweet and easy drinking, a little fruit but an ideal mixer.
Finish…Short. and not showing any lingering tastes.

Score…2 Corks

 

 

James’s Tasting

Nose…Light fruit with some sweet notes.
Taste…Sweet, light and a slight oiliness and floral.
Finish…Short.

Score…3 Corks

Overall score…3 Corks

Number two of tonight is:-

Appleton Estate V/X – Jamaica, 40% Alc/vol 70clappleton-estate-v-x

Colour…Light gold

Nicola’s Tasting

Nose…Emulsion and solvent, sweet and sugary.
Taste…Oily but with a lingering fustiness, damp celery.
Finish…Medium.

Score…1.5 Corks

 

 

Jim’s Tasting

Nose…Fusty and chemical.
Taste…Just a little hint of sweetness, warming, but still a little chemical notes.
Finish…Short to medium.

Score…2 Corks

 

 

James’s Tasting

Nose…Fresh, solvent, industrial smell.
Taste…Smooth, slight oil, slight after burn and a wee bit of spice.
Finish…Short to medium.

Score…2 Corks

Overall score…2 Corks

Now for number three:-

Brugal Extra Viejo – Dominican Republic 37.5 Alc/vol 70clbrugal-extra-viejo

Colour…Sherried Whisky

Nicola’s Tasting

Nose…Sugar, sweet syrup should be poured over a pudding.
Taste…Peppery hot but chocolate coffee and after dinner delight.
Finish…Short.

Score…3 Corks

 

 

Jim’s Tasting

Nose…Sweet, sponge cake covered in golden syrup.
Taste…Coffee and sweet stewed fruits, warming and is a perfect after dinner dram.
Finish…Short.

Score…2.5 Corks

 

 

James’s Tasting

Nose..Soft and sweet, a little coffee, cherries.
Taste…Very smooth, soft fruit, a sipping drink with ice.
Finish…Short.

Score…2.5 Corks

Overall score..2.5 Corks

Now for the penultimate rum of the evening:-

Ron Pampero Aniversario – Venezuela, 40% Alc/volron-pampero-aniversario

Colour…Brown liquorice

Nicola’s Tasting

Nose…Vanilla syrup, aroma’s from a sweetie shop.
Taste…Turkish delight, rich and smooth, oddfellow sweets.
Finish…Short.

Score…4 Corks

 

 

Jim’s Tasting

Nose…Sweet cocktail of syrup and exotic fruits.
Taste…Mellow and smooth, a little pepper spice, molasses, treat this one as a liqueur.
Finish…Short.

Score…3 Corks

 

 

James’s Tasting

Nose…Christmas fruit, sweet vanilla notes.
Taste…Soft and smooth, rich with an oily feel, a little spice.
Finish…Short

Score…3.5 Corks

Overall score…3.5 Corks

Now we have reached our fifth and final rum of the evening and it is:-

The Kraken Black Spiced Rum – USA, 40% Alc/volthe-kraken-black-spiced-rum

Colour…Black treacle toffee

Nicola’s Tasting

Nose…Marzipan and cherry notes with sweet chocolate.
Taste…Viennese biscuits coated in sweet cherry and chocolate.
Finish…Short.

Score…4.5 Corks

 

 

Jim’s Tasting

Nose…Almonds an glace cherries, ultra sweet.
Taste…Sherry dipped cherries, very smooth, milk chocolate drops.
Finish…Short.

Score…3.5 Corks

 

 

James’s Tasting

Nose…Sweet, sweet, sweet marzipan with some slight honey.
Taste…Very smooth, chocolate and spice, very enjoyable.
Finish…Short.

Score…3.5 Corks

Overall score 3.5 Corks

The Whisky Boys firstly have to thank James and his wife Eileen for this great tasting evening together with the hospitality offered to us all, so a BIG THANKS to James & Eileen. From the tastings you can see that the finish in these drams were all short and all were very sweet.

At the end of the night James brought out some real ales and some grand Whiskies which included a Tobermory, a Glenlivet Nadurra, Dalmore Gran Reserva and the fabulous Aberlour A’bunadh, we all found that our favourite tipple being a Single Malt Scotch Whisky was so much more complex and enjoyable than some of these rums we tasted tonight. We must admit that one or two of these rums can be a fine after dinner tipple and the others would always be ideal  with a mixer.

Thanks again James and Eileen, the Whisky Boys hope to see you both again soon. In the meantime our readers can purchase these rums and whiskies online by using the shop window below.  Remember and tell them the Whisky Boys sent you!!

 

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