Renegade Guyana Uitvlught 1995
Review: Renegade Rum Guyana UITVLUGHT 1995 (85/100)
Review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Posted October 26, 2009
Renegade Rum Guyana UITVLUGHT was distilled at the Uitvlught Sugar Mill in Guyana (DDL), but finished and bottled at the Bruichladdich Distillery in Scotland. In Guyana it was aged in a bourbon cask for 12 years, and in Scotland it was finished in a white wine cask of Chateau Dyquem.
In the Bottle: (5.0/5)
I think Renegade Rums have by far the nicest decanter in the business. The look includes a high density cork which gives a nice ‘pop’ when I open the bottle.
In the Glass (8.0/10)
A strange aroma drifts up from the glass. It smells very muted and medicinal. The Chateau Dyquem seems to be dominant actually drowning the normal scents and aroma I expect from rum.
In the Mouth (52.0/60)
I am glad I tasted this five times before I reviewed it as it gets better with each tasting. I will warn you that the flavour is unlike any rum I have tasted previously. At first, all I can taste is this strange mixture of dry white wine and Edradour Scotch. But as it sits in my mouth the sweet rum notes start to come through in spades. This drink really has to sit in the glass at room temperature and be allowed to decant to achieve its full spectrum of flavour. Unfortunately the White Wine enhancement dominates rather than compliments.
In the Throat (12.0/15)
The rum notes finally gush through the wine and scotch completely. Nice.
The Afterburn (8.0/10)
This is so unique and yet so much unlike rum that it is hard to quantify. I found I would rather partake in a more traditional rum when I wanted rum, or a straight scotch when I wanted scotch. I think the combination might grow on a person although it has not grown on me. The taste of the Chateau Dyquem cask enhancement tends to add confusion to the palate rather than harmony.
If you are interested in comparing more scores, here is a link to my other published Rum Reviews.
My Final Score is out of 100 and you may (loosely) interpret the score 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 and for sublime cocktails.)
95.5+ Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)