Compagnie des Indes Jamaïque 5 ans Navy Strength is one of the blends of the brand created by Florent Beuchet: packaged at 57°, this rum is made without any added sugar.
It is also an expression of the island's terroir thanks to the selection of distilleries made by the bottler.
Navy strength" spirits, all at 57°, were used as a daily ration for Her Majesty's sailors. This high strength preserved the gunpowder on board the ships from the possible clumsiness of the sailors: even if some was poured on it, it continued to be combustible.
This rum is also an expression of the island's terroir thanks to the selection of distilleries made by the bottler.
This traditional rum won the gold medal in its category at the 2015 Paris Rum Fest.
Nico's tasting note
As with the smaller versions of the same rum, it is the banana that dominates the nose. It is sometimes dried, sometimes cooked; one also imagines its abandoned and blackened skin. The nose is greedy, we can't wait to chew this rum. This heavy profile becomes even more mellow with a brioche that is well inflated by the yeast. A cup of tea smokes next to this brioche, with a little almond paste in the cup.
With a little airing the rum reveals a more soaked character. The banana fades a little to make way for coconut and dried orange peel. It is still pastry but the atmosphere is less heavy, more spicy and chocolatey. The exotic fruits rush in and blow away the freshness of the pineapple and mango. After a little rest, the thickness of the first nose returns, balanced by a herbaceous and resinous accent.
On the palate the rum is lively and "in-your-face", it is both smoky and metallic. The storm has deposited a beautiful taste of dried banana on the taste buds. The resin is still there, it sticks and numbs the tongue. The finish oscillates between baker's yeast and a fresh, vegetal tea bag.
To conclude the tasting, we have a fruitcake and marzipan that compete for a full finish.
"This multi-faceted Jamaican blend is as indulgent as it is powerful, simply delicious..."
I LOVE it! lively, fruity and very easy to drink.