Compagnies des Indes is designed to recall the colonial companies that first brought rum to the world from the West and East Indies. The company itself has a good reputation for bottling some wonderful Single Estate rums.
This single cask bottling is an example of one such rum, produced at Diamond distillery in Guyana (which produces the famous El Dorado Demerara rums), known for its unique wooden stills.
The rum was distilled in May 2003, and bottled in August 2017, having been aged at least partly in France. Nevertheless, 14 years is a significant age for any rum, and this maturation has produced a rum of considerable complexity and depth.
Drinkers can expect an herbaceous and fruity gin, with peaches and apricots prominent, alongside some peppery spice, menthol, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla and milky chocolate.
A terrific bottling, packed with character. The rum was bottled at 43% ABV and without chill filtration. Just 342 bottles are available worldwide.