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This is a blend of casks from two distilleries in Jamaica: Monymusk and Hampden. The latter distillery has Scottish roots, and is one of the oldest sugar plantations in the country. It has always been known as a rum distillery of high calibre, making spirit for blending. This XO rum was bottled by Mezan, and it is a blend of rums aged between 4 and 23 years of age, re-casked and allowed to marry for many years before bottling.
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The colour is great, and what's more it gives the drinker the confidence that this is not an additive filled rum. The taste is pleasant, banana is prominent, but I can also taste raisin in there. Overall great value rum, great taste, unadulterated, what more do you want.
4th January 2017
I came across this rum while trying to find the best overall value for my mixed drinks. I've found rums in this price point suit my needs. It's very hard to find a rum rated higher without a significant jump in price. I love the Don Pancho 8, but decided to give this a go, just to see. Since based on the rating and price it's comparable. Unfortunately, this rum did not work for me. It has a strong odor of alcohol and an intense banana note which is completely clashing with the pomegranate-based drinks I'm making. If you're making drinks where banana will blend nicely, you might have better luck.
2nd January 2017
dark rum doesn't mean old rum, as evidenced by the marketplace that uses caramel coloring with abandon. Mezan has no caramel color. the natural color of the rum is in evidence, not the Madison Avenue interpretation of what color old rum should be. And ask your favorite brand if they add sugar or glycerin to their rum... or staves of oak instead of resting in oak barrels. I'll bet they cannot say with a straight face that they don't do those things.. OH, Mezan? Nope. NO chill filtering, NO caramel color, NO sugar added, NO glycerin. Untouched rum.
8th April 2016
Great smell when I opened it, reeaaaaally good once I put some lemon juice and some cane sugar in it. Probably great when spiced for a few months.
4th December 2015
Rich banana, nut and a hint of molasses. If you drink rum and coke this is a very fine choice, not top heavy and flu of flavour.
1st November 2014
I enjoy the mezan rums very much but not this one! Such an overpowering plastic and burned rubber taste, try one of the other mezan rums they are all winners
18th June 2013
Probably refill bourbon casks.
12th May 2012
Ignore the colour. This rum has bags of flavour. From the minute you unscrew the cap it smells like mashed bananas and the palate is plasticy, with rich banana, nut and a hint of molasses. The colour really disguises the quality this rum has. This is no ordinary golden rum. It has to be tried to be believed. Nothing else like it in this price range.
If it is aged for so long why has it so little colour? What wood is it aged in?
6th January 2012