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Archive for the ‘Agricole’ Category

Review: William Hinton 3 Year Old Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 10, 2020

Madeira (an autonomous region of Portugal) is an archipelago comprising 4 islands approximately 520 kilometers off the northwest coast of Africa. Early in the colonization of these Islands it was noticed that these islands in the middle of the Atlantic had exceptional conditions for the planting of sugarcane. According to historical reports, the king, Infante D. Henrique, introduced sugar cane on Madeira Island in 1425 only 6 years after the Island was discovered.

William Hinton founded his Distillery in 1845 producing the rum from local sugar cane juice. The distillery had great success and by 1920 was processing 600 tons of sugar cane daily. Unfortunately, this was the peak of the rum production and a decline eventually saw the distillery cease production in 1986.

In 2006, William Hinton’s heirs relaunched the distillery using an alembic still. Their William Hinton 3 Year Old Rum is produced from sugar cane syrup which has undergone a special prolonged fermentation process and aged in French oak barrels. The spirit is bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my review with complete tasting notes and my serving suggestion:

Review: William Hinton 3 Year Old Rum

“… The breezes bring my dusty sandalwood spices, light butterscotch, vanilla, almond, and a bit of green grape.The spirit is light and floral (almost delicate) with a mild herbal quality. I notice hints of camphor, ginger and cinnamon as well as a light light fruitiness of banana and green grape, perhaps a touch of red licorice. Although the spirit is light, it is nevertheless engaging …”

Please enjoy the review and my suggested serving, the Madeiran Presbyterian.



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Review: Rum Nation – Engenho Novo Amarone Cask

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 19, 2020

Rare Rums is the special selection of Rum Nation bottlings. These are particular special limited edition releases with very few numerated bottles. Engenho Novo Amarone Cask (Nat84) was bottled from two casks (186 and 187) from Madeira’s Engenho Novo Distillery (William Hinton). It is a 9 year Old Agricole Rhum which was finished for 18 months in Amarone Casks, after an initial aging period in 2nd fill bourbon casks.

According to Rum Nation’s Rare Rums website (here):

This traditional distillery from Madeira conducted an experiment finishing their rum for 18 months in casks of the heavy, fruity Italian red wine: Amarone. It was a risky experiment; however the result was more conservative than expected. The typical herbal richness of their rum, full of earthy notes, was preserved: dark, and with the influence of the Amarone wine appearing as as a different twist in the peppery character and tannic astringency of the long, warm, lingering finish.

Rum Nation – Engenho Novo Amarone Cask is bottled at 52 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my review:

Review: Rum Nation – Engenho Novo Amarone Cask (Nat 84)

“… I smell rum and hints of red licorice with vanilla and spice. There are herbal herbal scents of camphour and heather and hints light minty candies. As the glass breathes I notice building aromas of dry fruit (dates and raisins), spicy oak, rich baking spices and luscious chocolate all joining in with those cherry-like red licorice scents …”

Please enjoy my review of this Rum Nation Rare Rum.



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Review: Rum Nation Ilha da Madeira 3 Year Old 

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 4, 2020

Rum Nation is an Italian company created by Fabio Rossi, who began his life in the spirits trade as a Oenologist (one who has studied winemaking). After his studies, Mr. Rossi left the wine business and started up a whisky company in Edinburgh (Wilson and Morgan) acting as an independent bottler of Single Malt Scotch Whisky. His interest turned to rum and in 1999 Fabio Rossi founded Rum Nation. His company is headquartered in Italy; but Fabio purchases select rums from various distillers in the Caribbean and the Americas. As a result Rum Nation provides a rather unique assortment of rare limited edition rum bottlings.

One such bottling is Rum Nation Ilha da Madeira 3 Year Old bottled at 42 % alcohol by Volume.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Rum Nation Ilha da Madeira 3 Year Old 

“… As the rhum breathes, I notice light floral character developing which seems to be connected with the herbal notes within the spirit. Banana, more green grape a light winding mint, and hints ginger and cinnamon round out the nose which is quite delightful …”

Please enjoy my review of this light nuanced rhum from Madeira.



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Review: Chamarel VSOP Rum (2006) 

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 28, 2020

La Rhumerie de Chamarel is located on the Island Nation of Mauritius which is situated several hundred miles east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. The distillery cultivates its own sugarcane with a harvest is done by hand, without ever burning the crops. Freshly harvested sugarcane is transferred to the Distillery within within 4 hours of being cut to preserve its freshness and aromas.

Chamarel VSOP is produced from rums distilled on both the plate column (90 %) and the copper still (10 %).  Each style of rum is aged separately for 4 to 6 years in Ex-American Oak Barrels & Ex-French Oak Barrels in the La Rhumerie de Chamarel aging cellars.

Here is a link to my completed review:

Review: Chamarel VSOP Rum (2006)

” … I notice lots of fine oak spice in the breezes mingling with vanilla and butterscotch. There is also a nice herbal note which began as a wisp, but soon grew in stature asserting itself into the oak and butterscotch. I also begin to notice notes resembling dried raisins, almonds, orange peel, camphor, as well as hints of cinnamon and mint …”

Please enjoy the review which now includes a nice recipe suggestion, the Mauritian Persbyterian Cocktail.


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24 Days of Rum (#18) – Ron Aldea Maestro (Spain)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 18, 2019

Day 18 of my Rum Advent takes me to the Canary Islands which I discovered are a Spanish archipelago located in Atlantic Ocean about 100 kilometers off the coast of Morocco.

The spirits company traces its history back to the Distillery of Ron Aldea which Don Manuel Quevedo Alemán founded in the municipality of Aldea de San Nicolás de Tolentino, on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria. Today, Ron Aldea Rum is produced on the fifth largest of the Canary Islands, La Palma.

Ron Aldea Maestro was distilled in 2006 from locally produced sugarcane juice using the original still that Don Manuel Quevedo Aleman built in 1893.

Here is a link to my tasting notes and scores for the No. 18 spirit in the 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box:

Review: Ron Aldea Maestro (10 Years Old)

“… Melding of oak, caramel and baking spices with a light leathery bitterness and a touch of orange peel spiciness …”


Note: 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box produced by 1423 World Class Spirits contains 24 handpicked rums from 24 different countries all over the world. It features an extraordinary opportunity to sample a wide variety of premium rums allowing you to hone in on the particular style which suits your palate. As indicated in my previously published review (here) This Rum Advent Calendar is a highly recommended gift for the rum enthusiast.



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