A.H. Riise Non Plus Ultra comes from the US Virgin Islands, located next to Puerto Rico, between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
This rum is A.H. Riise's "top of the range" product. Its name refers to the inscription "Non Plus Ultra" engraved on the pillars of Hercules which, in mythology, were built near the Straits of Gibraltar and marked the limit of the known world.
The pillars bore the inscription "Non Plus Ultra" in Latin, which means "nothing beyond". This reference illustrates the fact that Very Rare is the best of the range and that there is no rum in the house of A.H. Riise that surpasses it. It is the highest quality and the oldest.
A.H. Riise Non Plus Ultra is hand blended by the master distiller, who personally selects the casks that will be used to make the blend.
Its production is reduced to 3000 bottles per year.
Nico's tasting notes
The nose is very fragrant, like exotic pepper berries and ginger seeds. Cinnamon adds to this sophisticated candy impression. It is also vegetal and even floral at times. The fruit is represented by a rather acidic red plum, balanced by a creamy side, the whole reminding us of a clafouti where some cherries would also have fallen. We then arrive on something darker, more roasted.
The aeration will dissipate the burnt and roasted side to replace it by a small solvent which will withdraw on the cinnamon decidedly present at all levels. The orange peels nuance the idea of candy that one had at the beginning. Even if we remain on something rather sweet, this expression seems to stand out from the rest of the range. The Christmas gingerbread aspect is still there, so don't worry if you're a brand afficionado.
The attack is soft, with a little winey, a little rancio. The sensation is warm and oily with aromas of chocolate, orange and vanilla. The oak is liquorice, coated in molasses where quite rich and complex spices would be taken.
The finish is sweet, reminiscent of a liqueur or a sweet wine.
"This rum is probably one of the most complex and fine rums in the range..."