A phenomenal golden rum from Banks. Like their 5 Island rum, this has been named after the voyages, stories and discoveries of botanist, artist and scientist Sir Joseph Banks. It was Banks who accompanied Captain James Cook on his epic voyage to Australia, identifying and naming many of the native flora. Also like their 5 Island rum, this matches together spirit from several different countries. This time round, they use no less than 23 different rums, from 7 different rum producing nations: Guatemala, Panama, Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Indonesia, mixing together spirit from across the globe. Each of these rums has a very different style, and they come together to create a final product of excellent depth and power. Again, this bottling contains the surprising and interesting ingredient of Batavian Arrack. The rums are blended using all the masterful guile and artistry of master blender Arnaud de Trabuc.
On the nose, this rum has tremendous aromas of woodspice and vanilla, with a funky Jamaican quality accompanied by bright cane scents of Trinidadian and Barbados rum. After a while the tropical quality of the Arrack takes hold, with a gentle pineapple and banana notes, and a slightly floral quality, with a dark brown sugar note. The palate is rich and decadent, with wonderful tropical fruit flavours, a dense brown sugar note, thick vanilla and complex woodspice, with a little floral quality growing with time. The finish is long, lingering and slightly sweet, with a spicy quality that lasts and lasts. Bottled at 43% ABV, this gives the flavours a little boost. This rum is equally good mixed into to cocktails or drunk neat, with the Banks company declaring: “Mixing won’t improve our rum, but it should certainly improve your cocktail.” This rum has been a favourite of bartenders for years, with its slim bottle design perfect for use in both professional and home bars.