Denizen Rum (80 proof) – Blended rums are not all that unusual. What is unusual is a rum that comes from two different Caribbean islands, includes a mix of aged and unaged column still and pot-still rums that is ultimately blended in Holland.
Denizen is made from three types of rum including a column still one created at the Angostura distillery which is then aged by Denizen for an additional five years in oak. The other rums include an unaged Trinidadian and a unique blend of 15 pot-still Jamaican rums. Finally, they are all mixed together in Amsterdam and bottled.
It really is an unusual product. Unlike most white rums, Denizen can be a sipping rum; but also gives additional body and flavor to any rum based cocktail. There’s almost a rhum agricole taste going on.
Visual: Clear with some tiny white floating particulates in the bottle.
Nose: Sweet, with vanilla and caramel overtones. A minerality similar to what you often find in vodka is also present.
Taste: Slightly smokey, with a bit of saltiness. Rock candy sweetness is offset with a touch of woody bitterness making me think of sweet tobacco leaf.
Finish: Lingering notes of wood barrel, high tannic bitterness and a lactic sour quality similar to sourdough.
GSN Rating: B
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