The first rum to be produced in Europe! This is a rum created by the incredible Zuidam Distillery, based in Baarle Nassau in Holland. Zuidam are all about pushing the limits of European distilling, producing some phenomenal rye whiskies. They produced this Dutch rum, partly to show that they could! This is an incredible, triple distilled whisky, produced entirely in pot stills. Zuidam also use an especially long, low temperature fermentation process of around two weeks, which creates an exceedingly flavoursome low wine from the molasses they use. Whilst most rum distilleries use column stills as they are more efficient and producer a purer spirit, yet it is the belief of many drinkers that these impurities actually give greater flavour in the final spirit. This rum has been matured in an extraordinary variety of casks, including Pedro Ximénez sherry, Oloroso sherry and heavily charred virgin American oak casks. This produces a final spirit of superb quality. On the nose, this rum opens with thick sherried fruit: plums, dates, sultanas and raisins. This leads to a heady vanilla aroma followed by a little dry nuttiness. The palate is thick with further sherried flavours, a little breadiness, vanilla, allspice, cinnamon, burnt brown sugar, syrupy molasses. The finish is long and boozy, with rich sherried fruit and burnt sugar notes. A really fantastic rum, and outstanding value for money.