Thursday, 28 November 2013

Beenleigh 5 Year Old Dark Rum


Spirit Name:
Spirit Type:

Beenleigh 5 Year Old Dark Rum
Rum

Score:

81/100 
ABV:
40% 
Region:
Australia 
Body:
Medium-full
Intensity:
Soft-medium
Texture:
Velvety 
Balance:
Superb
Best served:

Neat, mixed 
Theme(s):
Sweet, soft, smooth, herbal, floral, confectionery, citrus with chocolate, caramel and syrup   
Thoughts:
The Beenleigh 5 Year Old was very impressive, not quite love at first taste and a superb sipping rum with layers of floral, herbal and sugary complexity that left me sniffing and sipping a 30ml measure for almost an hour. This rum offers an initial sweet burst that is moderated by other character, but which retains a sweet almost herb/floral liqueur/confectionery theme within the classic rum notes. Highly recommend, this rum from Queensland is beautiful one day and (almost) perfect the next.   

Blind tasting notes:
Nose: Sweet and soft with layers of goodness to peel away Рcrushed brown sugar develops with soft notes of cr̬me brulee that are accompanied by mint lollies and varnished pine. The vanillas intensify as the rum rests in the glass, with a sugary grape liqueur note developing with hints of soft licorice sticks and a gust of sweet floral notes. This is beautiful rum!

Taste: This rum is very smooth on the palate, offering an initial burst of caramel and thick molasses that is moderated somewhat by cocoa, coffee flavoured lollies and a herbal/spicy note which melds mint jelly and anise seed – this melding of herb, spice and floral flavours develops into a botanical theme. Chocolate orange occasionally interrupts the smooth tide, with sugary lemon and lime marmalade developing as the character of the rum begins to fade after swallowing.

Finish: A warming glow shines on the palate for a long while, radiating an evolving herbal theme that now resembles menthol/eucalyptus within thick layers of coffee liqueur, plum jam and sugary mint leaf confectionary. 


Would I want another measure? Yes. 

Would I buy a bottle? Yes. 

Likes:
Complex notes with herbal/floral twist, very smooth 
Dislikes:
The flavours can become dense, with some particular notes dominating 
Price:
$46 (Aus)

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