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Our enamorment with rum is unabating. So when the folks at Barrell Craft Spirits approached us with some very small batches of blended rum, we were most interested. Though usually known for their supurb releases of small-batch, cask-strength blended bourbon, the past few years have seen some very intriguing and unusual rums being bottled by our friends in Kentucky. In their own words: "Our goal is to select and blend products that explore different distillation methods, barrels and aging environments, and bottle them at cask strength. Every batch is produced as a limited release and has an intentionally distinct flavor profile.” We think they’ve been successful!

And so onto our private release rum - a mind-bending one: a blend of rums from four countries, between 3 and 21 years old, that was blended together and finished in an amaro (yup, that's right, amaro) cask for a further six months. The core component of the rum is 18-year-old pot-still Jamaican rum, and though Barrell won't disclose the source, I personally believe (or maybe just hope) it might be from Long Pond Distillery. The remainder of the blend (about 30%) is made up of Guyanese rum (21 years old), Barbados rum (12 years old) and a small quantity of Martinique rum (3 years old). And then the amaro cask does its thing. When I first tasted this bottling, I was more intrigued than satisfied in a sensory-pleasure way. Yet there was something about this rum that made it impossible to put down, and I soon grew to love its idiosyncratic character. We hope you will as well. Oskar Kostecki

*As with all spirits offers, we cannot ship out of state. This rum is available for pick-up, delivery in New York City, or shipping within NY state.

Barrell Rum Private Release J700 65.9% abv 750ml

The word "unique" get overused, but I'm not really sure how else to describe this rum. The core component is 18-year-old pot-still Jamaican rum while the remainder of the blend (about 30%) is made up of Guyanese rum (21 years old), Barbados rum (12 years old) and a small quantity of Martinique rum (3 years old). These are blended together and then aged in a single amaro cask for a further six months. Pretty crazy.

The nose is all fruit, smoke, and funk, and the Jamaican aspect really stands out. Notes of roasted pineapple, tropical fruit medley, baked apple, pear skin, banana, banana leaf, baking spice, nutmeg, vanilla, burnt sugar, treacle, a hint of burnt rubber (in that amazing Jamaican rum sense), vegetation, undergrowth, and crushed sugar cane. The palate is expansive, introducing all of those flavor components, but also adding a hint of bitterness, and an herbal component, especially on the finish. It ends on a really lovely bitter note (kind of like the song "Disintegration" by The Cure), but the incredibly complex finish just keeps going and going. I like it neat, though it is bottled undiluted at a whopping 65.9% abv, so a few drops of water softens the palate. Oskar Kostecki

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