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Review: Rum Nation Jamaica White Pot Still Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 5, 2015

Pot Still Cocktail SAM_1447

Jamaican Pot Still Cocktail

Rum Nation has been delighting me over the past few years with their fresh approach to the spirit we enjoy as rum. Fabio Rossi, who owns and manages the company, purchases select rums from various distillers in the Caribbean and the Americas, and provides a rather unique assortment of rare limited edition rum bottlings to both the European, and the North American market. Up until recently, all of Fabio’s rums have been well aged wonders. Some are aged solely in their country of origin where tropical aging increases the rate of interaction between the oak and the wood, and some have also seen a second period of aging in Europe where the more moderate climate allows for a more delicate interaction and additionally refines the spirit in a more subtle way. Sampling these well aged marvels has given me a greater appreciation of how both the dimensions of time and location affect the outcomes of maturity and taste with respect to aged spirits.

Last year, Fabio went in a different direction entirely with his Rum Nation Jamaica White Pot Still Rum. In the case of this spirit, the dimensions of time and location with respect to maturity are rendered irrelevant. Instead, the dimension Fabio chose to explore within this rum monster was flavour, as this new rum revels in its brutish, unaged, concentrated (bottled at 57 % alcohol) Jamaican pot still flavour (and it is anything but smooth and refined).


Valrhona Tainori Chocolate

This is a new direction for white rum, and you may read my full review by clicking on the following link:

Review: Rum Nation Jamaica White Pot Still Rum

“… When I took my first cautious sniff from the glass, I was struck by the depth and the intensity of the bouquet. This rum will not be for those who fear adventure in their glass. There is an omnipresent resin-like aroma similar to model airplane glue which dominates the breezes above the glass along with a grassy (chlorophyll like) scent which rides at the edges of that resin …”

Please enjoy my review which includes not only a cocktail suggestion, the Jamaican Pot Still Cocktail, but also contains my suggested chocolate pairing an intense bittersweet Dominican Cacao chocolate, Varlhona Tainori.

4 Responses to “Review: Rum Nation Jamaica White Pot Still Rum”

  1. Jim W said

    This should have never come out of the 70’s rating range, it makes me wonder why you, the Arctic Wolf have gone in this direction.

    • Jim

      I guess we will agree to disagree. I went in the direction I did because I find the flavour bold and original, as did Lance ( as you can see from his comment. I think the two diverse comments I have received aptly illustrate the point I was making at the end of the review, This rum will delight most rum enthusiasts, but it will certainly terrify (or in your case disappoint) a few too.

      I am curious as this rum has not been distributed widely, where are you located, and how much was the rum in your locale (I was not given any pricing information and as I said, I am curious.)

  2. Lance R. said

    Glad you liked this one. I scored it high for similar reasons. It’s quite a massive drink, isn’t it?

    • Yeah, I hope we see more white rums like this one. BTW it reminded me a little of the Demerara Superior High Wine from your native Guyana which also scored well for me (and made a most excellent mojito as I recall).

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