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Khukri XXX Rum

Review: Khukri XXX   (78/100)
a review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Posted on December 19, 2019

Khukri XXX Rum is produced by Nepal Distilleries Private Limited who began to produce spirit in Kathmandu Nepal in 1959. In the beginning, Khuri began distilling alcohol using traditional pot stills from the late 1800s (Those initial pot stills are now on display in the distillery). However the company has modernized production and now uses a 3 column distillation and they have replaced they use of oak barrel aging with the use of special wooden oak vats for maturation of their molasses based distillate.

Reading through the website I came to the conclusion that the rums produced are of no single age. The maturation vats appear to be emptied only partially each time. This leaves a percentage of rum behind to age further until the next time the vat is emptied partially again. Apparently the youngest rum in any particular batch may be as young as 8 months old, while the oldest rum in the blend might have been in the vat when the process was started many years ago.

Khukri XXX Rum is bottled at 42.8 % alcohol by volume.

In the Bottle 4/5

Khukri XXX is sold in the bottle shown to the left. It is a medium tall long necked bottle with a plastic screw cap closure. The bottle and the label look a little dated perhaps, but with very little competition within the Country of Nepal, I suspect the bottle presentation is just fine for the local market.

In The Glass 8/10

Colour:  Bronze

Legs: Mid size droplets fall as mid-sized legs at a moderate pace

Initial Nose: Touch of treacle, oak spice, caramel, and baking spice ( Vanilla, cinnamon and clove)

Decanted Aroma: Dark brown sugar, cinnamon toast, molasses with hints of dark licorice and menthol, and almond

In the Mouth 48/60

Alcohol push and Spice: Wood and baking spice and light astringency of alcohol.

Initial Taste: Vanilla, cinnamon and dark brown sugar, oak spice and molasses

Follow up: Treacle, oak spice, orange peel, cola, cocoa and walnut

With Ice: Bitter treacle and cocoa evolve

In The Throat: 11.5/15

Body and Length: light to medium body with a semi sweet finish

Flavours during Swallow: Bitterness of Treacle, cola and baking spice

Lingering Flavours: Orange Peel and oak spice with hints of alcohol burn

The Afterburn  8/10

Final Thoughts: The Khukri rum is a typical dark rum with flavours that favour rum and cola cocktails or perhaps a Brooklynite. A touch of burn in the exit kept the score down, but I was happy to be able to sample the product nonetheless.

If you are interested in comparing more scores, here is a link to my other published Rum Reviews.

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You may (loosely) interpret the scores as follows.

0-25     A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49   Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59  You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69   Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74    Now we have a fair mixing rum or whisky.  Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79    You may begin to serve this to friends, again probably still cocktail territory.
80-84    We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails)
85-89    Excellent for sipping or for mixing!
90-94    Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+       I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.

Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and  Bronze medal  scale as follows:

70 – 79.5    Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5     Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95         Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping

 
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