Produced at an altitude of 1,500 metres and benefiting from the springtime conditions of the fertile Aburra Valley, the traditional Medellin 8 year old rum is characterised by a great sweetness. It is distilled from a selection of cane honey and then matured in American oak barrels.
The Medellin 8 Year Old is best enjoyed as an aperitif, dry or on the rocks.
Nico's tasting note
In short: caramelised woody - vanilla - sweet coffee - fatty nuts - sweet - little smoky
On the nose, the rum seems to lead us into familiar territory, but it soon holds a few surprises. It pulls in all directions, tackling wet wood and fresh leather, lightness and depth in equal measure. The balance here gives way to generosity, as overripe melon mingles with vanilla and sweet coffee.
The aeration makes things a little easier and seems to bring a little more consistency. The rum is cooler, there's a fresh, vegetal edge to it carried by a discreet solvent. The nuts are fat, we think of cashew nuts, peanuts or macadamia nuts. The woody notes take advantage of this to find a balance.
The palate is very smooth, with a slight attack of toasted wood. This more imposing and more characterful side is gradually reinforced, pushed by notes of coal and tar evoking a slightly extreme caramel. The woodiness is balanced, and settles on round tannins and vanilla, with always this smoky touch in subtext.
The finish is long for a rum of this degree, and is above all marked by caramel.
"A rum that takes its time to find its feet and to offer a profile that is turned towards sweet, caramelised wood..."
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