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Product of: Netherlands
The bulk of the rum used in the blend is column distilled and is we believe sourced from the Angostura Distillery in Trinidad. This is blended with rums from two distilleries in Barbados as well as pot still rums from Jamaica and Guyana. Lastly, and perhaps most notably, the Indonesian island of Java provides a particularly pungent style of rum known as arrack, more usually the key ingredient in Swedish punch. These rums from five countries (four islands plus Guyana which isn't an island) are blended, charcoal filtered to remove colour and bottled in Amsterdam.
Originally formulated by master blender, Arnaud de Trabuc working with US bartender, Jim Meeham, Banks 5 Island Rum launched in August 2010. Banks was acquired by Bacardi in 2015.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 10/10/2016
The pungent aroma of arrack is immediately apparent on the nose, which along with Jamaican pot still rum gives 5 Island a spicy fruity aroma reminiscent of freshly cut passion fruit.
Tropical fruit continues into the medium-bodied spicy palate with Matcha green tea, grassy, herbal and fresh parsley.
Dry, grassy and white pepper lingering spicy finish.
The arrack in this rum makes it too pungent for lighter rum drinks such as the Daiquiri but is excellent in a rum punches - after all, punch bowls were originally made with arrack.