English Harbour Reserve 10 Year Old Rum

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Closure: Natural cork stopper

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Produced by: Antigua Distillery Ltd
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alc./vol: 40%

Proof: 80°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: 10 years

Product of: Product of Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda

A limited edition English Harbour rum carrying a ten year old age statement. Matured in ex-bourbon barrels, back in 2006 Antigua Distillery told us that this ten old would replace the Extra Old. Obviously aged stocks did not allow this and bottles of the ten year old are hard to track down.
English Harbour rum is named after the scenic port on the Caribbean island of Antigua in the Leeward Islands. The largest natural harbour in the Caribbean, for years this served as an important naval base and is now a popular anchorage with yachtsman. English Harbour rum is made at Antigua Distillery, the only distillery on the island.

Antigua Distillery Limited was formed in 1932 when a number of rum shop owners on the island joined forces. In those early days the company sold two kinds of rum - un-aged and aged rums under the brand name Caballero. Later, in the 1950s, Cavalier Rum was introduced and remains a successful brand on the island today. The English Harbour brand was introduced in the 1990s.

The company imports molasses from Guyana which unusually are fermented using baker’s yeast and open fermentation vats. All English Harbour rums are light-bodied and distilled in the company’s ageing five column continuous still which retains its original copper plates.

Antigua Distillery exclusively use 200 litre American oak barrels previously used for ageing bourbon, in which the rum is aged for at least five years. Blends are assembled and married in 5,000 litre oaks vats (which are as old as the company itself) before filtration and bottling on site.

Review and Tasting


Sampled on 23/01/2012

Appearance:

Clear, golden amber with light gold highlights.

Aroma:

Rich golden syrup, honey and buttery fudge with dried fruit and cinnamon spice.

Taste:

Buttery, vanilla-ed, richly flavoured with dried fruit, layers of vanilla, oak, caramel, cinnamon, coconut and eucalyptus.

Aftertaste:

Butter, vanilla and caramel, yet dry with smoky cedar complex rosemary spice.

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