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William Hinton 3 Year Old Rum

Review: William Hinton 3 Year Old Rum  82/100
Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Posted on December 9, 2019

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.

In the Bottle 4/5

The William Hinton 3 Year Old Rum is sold in a medium tall short necked bottle shown to the right. The label has a sort of craft spirit appeal, however I am disappointed in the metallic screw cap which sort of cheapens the look and gives the product an industrial look that is counter to the aforementioned label.

I do like that the provenance of the spirit is proudly reproduced on the label.

In The Glass  8.5/10

Colour:  Golden Straw

Legs:  Mid-sized leglets which fall as slender legs

Initial Nose: Dusty fine spice, light butterscotch, vanilla, and a bit of green grape.

Decanted Aroma: Light and floral almost delicate with a mild herbal quality, hints of camphor, ginger and cinnamon as well as a light light fruitiness of banana and green grape, perhaps a touch of red licorice

In the Mouth 49/60

Alcohol push and Spice: Hints of astringency suggesting its youth and fine wood spice providing additional heat

Initial Taste: Mingling of light butterscotch and vanilla with hints of herbal mint and resin

Follow up: Fine oak spice builds as does an herbal impression which now reminds me of heather and willow with a dash of mint. Bits of resin and camphor, butterscotch, banana and banana peel.

With Ice: Begins to taste much like a VS Cognac with a similar herbal appeal accented by green grape

In The Throat: 12.5/15

Body and Length: Medium bodied with a light mid-length finish

Flavours during Swallow: Herbal, mint, light butterscotch and anise

Lingering Flavours: Wood spice and a touch of alcohol heat with hints of cinnamon left glowing at the end

The Afterburn  8.0/10

A fine example of a light agricole-style rhum.  It is more of a mixer than a sipper and will probably make an excellent mojito or Ti Punch.

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


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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