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Faultline Jamaican Rum 14 yo, Hampden Distillery, 50% abv ($75)
The nose on this is fantastically fruity with cherries but also a vegetal note; it noses more like a rhum agricole. The palate opens with pineapple then gets spicy with mint. The finish has overripe mangoes and herbs and even some kalamata olives. I really dig this stuff; it's funky with a ton of flavor packed into it. Just great.
Faultline Single Barrel Guyana Rum 20 yo, Uitvlugt Distillery, distilled 1994, 52.8% abv ($150)
The nose is light and crisp with apples. It almost smells like an apple brandy. The palate starts fruity but quickly turns spicy and trails off with black licorice. This is another great rum with a lot of flavors mixed in. The licorice notes on the finish are a bit strong for me, but other than that, it's both complex and enjoyable.
Faultline Demarra Rum 25 yo, Enmore Distillery (Guyana), distilled 1989, 51.3% ($200)
This is another very fruity nose with fruit cocktail. The palate, though, comes on very spicy with anise and clove and less fruit than the other two. Then it moves to a caramel note. It's got a spicy finish with peppercorns and anise. Sweet, densely flavored and spicy, this is another winner.
This was a great end to this series of K&L tastings. These were really exceptional rums. My favorite was definitely the 14 year old (luckily, it's also the cheapest), but I keep flipping over whether I like the 20 or 25 year old better. The 20 year old is lighter while the 25 is more dense. It just depends on the style you like or the mood you're in, but all of these were great.
Thanks to David Othenin-Girard for the samples.