GSN Review: The Real McCoy 3 & 12 Year Old Rums

RealMcCoy3YearRumThe Real McCoy Spirits Company recently introduced two new expressions to add to their award-winning 5-year-old Bajan rum.  Both a younger and an older sibling bookend the range of flavors being produced by RL Seale’s Foursquare distillery on Barbados.  Crafted in vacuum column and pot stills and aged in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, all three rums have garnered awards in 2014 from the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, the San Fransisco World Spirits Competition, and Paul Pacult’s Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

GSN previously reviewed The Real McCoy 5-year-old rum last winter, here.

The Real McCoy 3 Year Old (80 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Sweet, clear rum notes with a clean and fulsome scent.
Taste: Exceptionally smooth with a warm and round mouth feel.  Light bodied, yet not to the point of anorexia.  There is a healthy and wholesome vivaciousness here that makes for a surprising amount of character.
Finish: Medium long with crystalline notes of barley sugar and just a touch of caramel.
Overall: A clear winner for use in daiquiri, mojitos and tiki style concoctions.
GSN Rating: A-

RealMcCoy12YearRumeditThe Real McCoy 12 Year Old (80 proof)
Visual: Golden brown.
Nose: Demerara sugar with more than a hint of maple candy.
Taste: Again, amazingly smooth and with nary a hint of a rumblestrip.  The candied vanilla and caramel elements really come out to play here with an eager eye to seduction.  This is a rum that you could easily find yourself sipping all evening long and never tiring.
Finish: Rich, caramel tones leave a lasting dessert like flavor that never overwhelms.
Overall: A truly fine rum and one well deserving of a space on your backbar.  If this is an indication of the styles of rum that are just coming on the market, we’re in for a rum renaissance.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Real McCoy Spirits

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