Every month, we put Rums from a specific country in the spotlight. Here's this month's selection:
Guyana, land of the Demerara River, where in the Dutch in the 1650s started sugarcane cultivation. During its peak days, there were over 200 rum distilleries in the country. Today, only one is left: Demerara Distillers Ltd. That doesn't mean that it's a one-sided rum country, however. Demerara distillers has the most diverse selection of rum stills; even wooden pot and column stills, which gives them a whole array of production methods and styles. All Guyanese rum is made from sugarcane molasses.
Prices are per 2cl unless specified otherwise
El Dorado 12y
A great 12 year old Demerara rum from El Dorado. This has won gold at the Caribbean Rum Taste Test in London 7 times in the first 10 years! There are nine stills at the distillery, and this is based around coffey still rum, and double wooden pot still rum. (40% ABV)
XM Special 12 year old rum is a brilliant aged Golden Demerara rum from Guyana, bottled by Banks DIH. This is a superbly complex and intense rum, packed with flavour and a long, lingering finish. (40% ABV)
Lemon Hart Original 1804
Lemon Hart & Son Original 1804 is the classic British-style black rum, cherished by rum drinkers around the world for its bold, rich flavour, full-bodied complexity and exceptionally smooth finish. This brand is considered the holy grail of Guyanese rum since it's very hard to get and is normally not available on the Belgian market (40% ABV)
Blackadder Raw Cask Guyana Diamond 14 y
The Blackadder Raw Cask Guyana Diamond 14 years old 2003 is a Guyana rum from the Diamond distillery bottled Raw Cask by the independent bottler Blackadder. This release was distilled in May 2003 and matured in a bourbon cask. It was bottled in June 2017 at natural cask strength of 63% ABV, non chill filtered and with no added colour, as a limited single cask release of 274 bottles. (63% ABV)
The Nectar Guyana 10y LBI Mark
This rum was distilled in 2012 in a four column Savalle still, originally from La Bonne Intention distillery. It has aged for 10 years in ex-bourbon barrels. Since its foundation in 2006, The Nectar, an independent Belgian bottler, has been searching for the best spirits to share with professionals and the general public. (62,6% ABV)
This rum was distilled in 2012 in the Port Mourant still; a wooden double pot still originally from the Albion distillery in Demerara. It has aged for 10 years in ex-bourbon barrels.
El Dorado Enmore 1993 21y EHP Mark
One of the three limited edition El Dorado rums released in 2014. This 21 year old rum was distilled in the Enmore still; a wooden continuous still, and has aged in ex-bourbon barrels.
The Nectar Guyana 25y SWR Mark
This rum was distilled in 2012 in a four column Savalle and crafted to the specs of the old Skeldon distillery. The original Skeldon distillery closed down in the 1960s and is one of the most sought after rums in the world. Some bottles even go for +35000 euros. This one has aged for 25 years in ex-bourbon barrels. (47,6% ABV)
Flight No1: An Introduction
1cl of El Dorado 12y, XM 12y, Lemon Hart Original 1804
Flight No2: The Rare Stuff
1cl of Blackadder Raw Cask Guyana Diamond 14y, The Nectar Guyana 10y LBI Mark, The Nectar Guyana 10y AW Mark
Flight No3: SuperDuperPremium Stuff
1cl of El Dorado Enmore 1993 21y EHP Mark, The Nectar Guyana 25y SWR Mark