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West Indies Dark Rum 1948 Samaroli 49% vs Lapalun Rhum Petit-Bourg Vieux Rhum dela Martinique 1952 / 1972 50%

West Indies Dark Rum 1948 / 1991 Samaroli 49%

Probably the most nuanced rum I have had the pleasure to taste. In quick succession: molasses, licorice, cedar wood, sweet seaweed, half a black olive, old brown paper. There is also something agricultural: crushed twigs and stems, oiled and sooty machinery starting up. Juices from crushed leaves. And then sweeties: Gula melaka, candied coconut (a lot). Back to crushed grapeseed, a drop of petrol. This is by no means a behemoth rum the way tropically aged Veliers are, but fabulously knitted into a most elegant and subtle nose. The palate has dried orange rind and dried ginger slices but turns towards a diaphanous earth and phenols with traces of petrol, tobacco, dry brown paper, sack cloth, cinnamon shavings ancient libraries filled with ancient oak. Very dry! Incredibly elegant yet a firmly coherent structure. Exquisite. 93 pts

Lapalun Rhum Petit-Bourg Vieux Rhum dela Martinique 1952 / 1972 50%

Something of a secret as this was available only in Japan. You might say as highly regarded as the Samaroli in Rum circles. Oh, big. Cough syrup, diluted blended black forest cake, black jams and gasoline fumes. Add brine, cold tar, a drop of soy, capers and a metric ton of preserved sweet olives – the sticky black seedless ones that came in colourful cellophane wrapper from old Chinatown that granny was never short on. Licorice and sunken boggy composting oak trunks covered in mushrooms – in a good way. Old chests in the cellar filled with musty things – again good. Black tea concentrate and black ash, especially on the tongue. Unsweetened cola, and gentian bitters. It’s a familiar style of heavy Rhum recognizably leaning towards Navy rums, but gone is the bluster and brass, leaving a refined take on a bruiser of a style. 90 pts.

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