We've introduced Privateer Rum already. They're a traditional rum distiller in Ipswich, MA. Privateer ended 2019 by announcing they'll be the first American Rum sourced by independent bottler Velier. This is one of the biggest steps forward for the recognition of American Rum.
In less than a decade, Privateer went from producing rum for the first time to being featured by a brand known for sourcing unique expressions from some of the world's best distilleries.
But, back to this barrel! I went into this barrel pick blind. In the back of my head, I knew I wanted an older cask and preferably from new oak. But, ultimately I just wanted the best barrel offered. The only way to do that is to test blind. The third sample I tasted was the winner! The taste was roasted, candied pecans. Dried dates. There's caramel balanced nicely with nutmeg notes of the new oak. There is a light apple crisp note but it's wrapped in a velvety mouthfeel. At 108 proof it drinks extremely easy. The finish is strong a gentle reminder of the proof with more notes of dates and toasted coconut.
|Privateer Rum Cask Strength - Selected by Seelbach's|
|Recipe: 100% Grade A Molasses
Distillation: 1st on and American Pot Still and 2nd on a German Column Still
Aged In: New American White Oak
Aged: 2 years and 5 months