National Rums Of Jamaica Vale Royal 2006

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A recreation of the VRW mark from Jamaica’s closed Vale Royal Distillery, distilled at Long Pond.

This Jamaican pure single rum was distilled in a double retort pot still at the Long Pond distillery in 2006

It is labelled as a Wedderburn style, one of Jamaica’s four classifications, which signifies rums with 200/300 gr/hlpa of esters at distillation. It also carries the VRW mark of Vale Royal, which closed in 1959.

VRW refers to 150/250 gr/hlpa and this bottle is labelled as a world premiere for the style in this form.

Matured for 12 years, entirely in the tropics, this came from a batch of 11 barrels. Angels share was greater that 60 percent of the volume, leaving 3,412 bottles worldwide.

Lots of intense tropical fruit followed by menthol, vanillas and sugar cane. Waxy palate with oak notes and a sweet fruit, almost dusty, finish.

The National Rums Of Jamaica series is the first time that rums from the Long Pond distillery have been bottled at high proof and without additions. Rums under the label include recreated styles of long-closed distilleries as well as remarkable, often high ester, distillations from the distillery rarely seen in their natural form.

These are rums for the curious and the adventurous, rare windows into the wide spectrum and history of rum.

Esters are the chemical compounds that give rum various flavours, often fruity ones. High ester rums after often characterised as “funky” or “pungent” and a reading of 500 gr/hlpa certainly fits that “high” category.

These ultra-high ester rums were traditionally mixed with rums of lower esters to alter flavours in end product, and there is an argument that they were never designed to be drunk in isolation like you would a normal rum, but the National Rums series is a rum connoisseur’s only opportunity to experience these traditional styles.

Additional Information
SKU:
99137
Group:
Spirits
Vintage:
2006
Age:
12
Type:
Rum
Country:
Jamaica
Style:
Single Pure Rum
ABV:
62.5%
Producer:
Long Pond
Size:
700ml