Cockspur 12 Years is an aged rum made in the small sunny island of Barbados, facing the beach.
A blend of several vintages aged in Bourbon oak barrels, it reflects the distillery's age-old know-how. The brand is indeed one of the oldest still existing.
Nico's tasting notes
In short: wood - strong spices - roasting - sweet spices -
The first notes that reach the nose are frankly woody, with a hint of nuts and an oxidised nut. Then the register of toasted wood and vanilla takes us to the land of Bourbon. The brandy still seems fresh, which avoids a dusty side and an excess of grain, so we can evoke a nice balance.
The aeration brings water to the mill of the nuts, it is the toasted grain of the oak that comes to the fore and catches the nose with its air of roasted nuts. The dark vanilla takes over, very fat but concentrated, not sweet. The bare wood shows a well roasted face, with hints of coffee and zan.
The entry in the mouth is soft, but the rum is very present and does not intend to be forgotten. Its woodiness is rich, still with a very Bourbon character marked by vanilla and well toasted white wood. But that's not all, the roasted and oxidised nuts are largely responsible for a frankly tasty mid-palate. The rum has an authentic feel, with molasses and spicy wood.
The finish plays between woody and spicy, pepper and clove, the rum dries the taste buds and clings to the palate.
"The strong influence of the Bourbon cask brings an undeniable character to this rum, without exceeding the limits. We appreciate this mastery of aging..."