A new super-premium expression has been launched to build on the success of Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Rumbullion! spiced rum.
Introduced by UK drinks distributor Maverick Drinks, Rumbullion! XO is a 15-year-old version of the spiced rum that was launched in 2011.
Based on a blend of top-quality rich Caribbean rums, Rumbullion! XO is flavoured with an intense mix of fresh cinnamon, cloves and cardamom, creamy Madagascan vanilla and zesty orange rind.
Since its 2011 release, the original Rumbullion! has received numerous awards including a Gold medal at the 2014 Rum Masters. The new XO 15-year-old edition includes all of the flavour of the original but with an added dimension of complexity and depth thanks to the older rum in the recipe.
Each bottle is wrapped in crinkled brown paper, featuring a print of a hand-drawn illustration depicting the flag of the Royal Navy as well as the various spices and flavours used in the recipe. The bottle necks are wrapped with twine, and each bottle is individually dipped in black sealing wax.
The rum can be enjoyed neat but also works well served with ice and a squeeze of fresh lime.
According to the tasting notes, it offers a huge hit of creamy, sweet vanilla and juicy, freshly sliced oranges on the nose. There is a mulled wine-like delivery of toasted cinnamon and cloves, with a core of well-aged rum. Aromatic notes of dark chocolate, ripe plums and fragrant oak develop in the glass.
On the palate, it is exceedingly thick and mouth-coating, offering up crystallised peels, Seville orange marmalade and a hint of blackberry. Soft chamois leather and cedar wood provide a complex backbone alongside a huge dosing of cinnamon, cloves and liquorice.
It has a long, sparkling finish with notes of old-fashioned cola cubes and intense bittersweet orange. A final flutter of toasted oak appears on the tail.
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