Compagnie des Indes Jamaïque 5 ans is a blend of 3 Jamaican rums distilled in pot still. After 5 years of ageing in American oak barrels that had previously contained bourbon, the rum was bottled in France without colouring, adding sugar or cold filtration.
Nico's tasting notes
In short: exotic - dried banana - almond - cherry pit - concentrate
On the nose, this is a typical Jamaican rum, with a very balanced style. The dried banana is present but does not overpower the whole. It is well rounded and ripe but not completely spent, leaving room for almond and wood. The resin and cherry pit keep the rum sharp, with staying power. The bright exotic fruits are strongly reminiscent of whisky at times, while the almond becomes increasingly oily and is joined by pistachio.
On aeration, the cherry pit becomes more precise, bringing more elegance. The banana is ripe, rich, then dried and still quite fatty. The rum is balanced, consistent and buttery, but still elegant with a little rancio. The spices are aromatic but not pungent, the peppercorns and cloves are freshly opened. This spicy side then becomes more vegetal and even medicinal, with heather plants.
On the palate, the rum is sweet but concentrated. The candied fruit immediately gives it a chewiness and a good whiff of exoticism. The ripe exotic fruits are carried by the resin and then by a smoky side which returns in the nose. The concentration means that the rum expresses itself and evolves on its own in the mouth. All that remains is to savour the slightly oxidised notes of prunes, cherry and stone, thanks to which the rum does not crash and remains alive.
On the finish, the cocoa has a fruity character that takes us to the mellowness of the cereals and malt, again evoking whisky. The rum lingers on the palate for a long time, with pineapple, dried banana and a smoky touch.
"This blend details all the charm of Jamaica, its exuberant exoticism, but also its roundness and complexity..."