Wray & Nephew, White Overproof Rum, Kingston, Jamaica, NV
This spirit: molasses-based, column distilled, screw cap closure, 63% abv, 5cl, widely available, ~£3
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear, water white intensity, colourless.
Nose: clean, medium intensity, with aromas as they come, of red cherry with almond hints – not unlike dilute cherry brandy, faint prune, hint of antiseptic, warmed white sugar, unaged. Dilution with water brings out a much more spirity character.
Palate: dry, harsh alcohol, medium body, medium intensity, with flavours of a hint of green banana, a little spicy, otherwise a spirity note dominates. A medium length, with a clean spirity finish, with a touch of antiseptic on the end, has simple complexity.
Quality: very good, the nose is quite interesting with the crushed cherry pit element of a cherry brandy or cherry heering, showing through; the alcohol whilst initially smooth on the palate, appears quite harsh on aeration, but this is the character of a very high strength spirit, eg very high proof white rum or grappa. Decent concentration of a spirty nature, with a warming modest length.