Another intriguing release from independent rum bottlers Ultimatum, from the van Wees company.
For this bottling they have taken Guyanese rum, and finished it for three years in Ballechin Bourbon barrels, giving a final age of seven years.
Ballechin is the name given by Highland distillery Edradour to their heavily peated spirit, and the cask used to age this rum was a former Bourbon barrel that van Wees used to mature some Ballechin spirit. The result is a rum with a unique flavour profile, featuring subtle peaty malty flavours.
This rum offers up notes of smoked banana and pineapple, dried mango bark, dark brown sugar, oak, coconut, roasted nuts, slight coffee, allspice, gentle peat smoke and chewy malty biscuits.
Bottled at 43.1% ABV for a little more body and depth, this really is a fascinating, and well crafted dram.
Only 252 bottles were drawn from the single cask.