2006 Penny Blue Single Cask Mauritian Rum (700ml)
Doug McIvor and Jean-Francois Koenig at Berry Bros are delving beyond whisky and into rum. Penny Blue Single Cask No. 28 is their latest pick - a Mauritian Rum from the Medine Distillery bottled non-chillfiltered, natural in colour and with no sugar added. 197 bottles available world wide.
Notes from the producers... Colour: Golden dark amber. Aroma: Initial lovely fruit forward nose inarticulately tropical fruits. Wonderful vanilla & caramel notes coming through subtly creating a nose of harmony. Palate: Incredibly well balanced with an initial upfront sweetness & a lovely creamy texture. Subtle spice hints with a oak/woody influence from the ex whisky cask used to age this small batch rum. Finish: Long & lively with a sweet spicy finish. 45% Alc./Vol.
Located off the coast of Madagascar, the island of Mauritius is a relative newcomer to the global rum scene. Sugar cane was introduced from Java during the Dutch period (1598-1710), mainly to produce an alcoholic drink. During his service in the 18th century, the French Governor, Bertrand-François Mahé de Labourdonnais, was the first to support the development of the rum industry in Mauritius. From 1810, the country became a British colony and gradually transformed itself into a plantation economy with sugarcane as the primary crop. Later, in 1852, Dr Pierre Charles François Harel saw opportunities to create quality rums on the island. Today, it's home to six distilleries and remains one of the few countries to offer both Traditional and Agricultural style rums, dark, light and spiced, the latter usually infused with the island's abundant local crops of spices and coffee.