Sunday, October 20, 2013
Ron Navazos Palazzi: Sherried Rum
Earlier this year, I enjoyed Navazos Palazzi Brandy, a sherry aged brandy that was a joint project between spirits importer Nicolas Palazzi and sherry bottler Equipo Navazos. Nicolas Palazzi recently sent me a new Navazos Palazzi rum finished in sherry casks.
This rum was distilled in the Caribbean from molasses on a column still. It was aged at the distillery for five years and then shipped to Spain, transferred to Oloroso sherry casks and aged for an additional ten years. It was bottled in July at cask strength. They are planning on releasing 1,500 bottles per year for the next four years.
Ron Navazos Palazzi, 51% abv ($150)
The nose on this is a deep sherry with just a hint of brown sugar at the end. The palate begins with a thick sherry with fruit; it goes on to reveal the sweetness of the rum which creates a candy-fruity melange like candied, dried fruit. The finish is back to a pure sherry.
At first taste, this is very similar to a Spanish brandy, but beyond the sherry notes in the late palate, you can pick up the molasses. I'm not generally much of a rum drinker, but this is excellent stuff. The rum and sherry combination is really gives this a rounded, full flavor. I bet it would be great on the rocks as well.