El Dorado Rare Collection Versailles 2002


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Bottle Profile
Distillery Demerara Distillers Ltd
Origin Guyana
Bottler Undefined
Type Pure Single Rum (100% pot still)
Alcohol By Volume 63%
Sugar Measured 11-17 g/L
Description The second of three rums bottled under the "Rare Collection".
Review 4


Review by "Henrik" Score: 83

Nose: Incredibly rich from the first pour. Super dominated by thick, massive prunes covered in wet, brown sugar. There is no evidence of the hefty proof. Not even a trace of claws or teeth. Just wave after wave of velvety molasses and prunes. Just below this almost impenetrable layer, I find sweet liquorice and some dried tropical fruits. The wood notes are very discreet and almost unnoticeable. There is also some roasted coffee beans in there somewhere, but they seem to fade in and out of existence as fast as I can identify them. Much easier to detect is the roasted almonds, which takes a rather subtle approach hidden behind the massive proof.

Palate: Lots of oomph now! It goes straight for my uvula and tries to choke me with its huge but yet somehow controlled heat. It comes off quite sweet and it takes a few seconds before you notice anything else than molasses and some oaky tannins. Yes, we got wood now. Tasty oaks with a little harsh tannic splinters with a sidekick of raw concentrated liquorice. Deep down there is a little cocoa and more of the prunes from the nose. Not too complex, and the elements feel a bit compressed by the massive prune and molasses coating.

Finish: Very long finish. The raw liquorice and the tannic bite stays around forever to clean up the molasses extravaganza. And the tannins does in fact bite a little. Well integrated with the high proof. There is also plenty of heat, which I supposed I should have expected from a 63% spirit. Fortunately it feels very controlled and despite the insensitive rampaging. Nothing new surfaces during the exit, except for a thirst for more.

Thoughts: This is good rum! No doubt about it. It is quite a shame, that it feels compressed and isn’t allowed to unleash its full potential. It has some kind of restraint about it, which prevents from going flat out all the way to awesome. I applaud the massive strength and at first it felt very nicely integrated, but with subsequent sipping it started to reveal a little harsher side of itself, which bummed me out. Perhaps the combination of the high strength and the tannic bite, just didn’t achieve the expected synergy. It started out so great, but came a little short in the end. Shortcomings aside, this is still a very good rum. But there is still a couple of areas which could have been better. It is a good, high proof rum for sure, but nothing more.

Review by "Serge" Score: 90

The newish OB! Entirely aged in Guyana, where they have very greedy angels. The volumes go down fast, while the strengths remain high or even go up.

Nose: it seems that it’s a little simpler than the Mezan, but that’s probably the super-high strength. What I seem to find in the background is a bag of vegetables and herbs, such as capers (which is a flower, isn’t it?), and plenty of wood varnish, with an acetone-y side. Let’s dig deeper… With water: as expected, this is more wood-driven than the Ultra-clean Mezan, with a BTAC side (yup) and plenty of tarmac, tarry wood (restored old boat, teak oil), and just ideas of ‘brand new sneakers’.

Palate: (neat): huge. Distilled vin jaune, mint essence, artichoke, concentrated walnut oil… All that is spectacular and, I have to say, wonderful. Huge distillate. With water: very extremely good. Please call the anti-rumporn brigade!

Finish: very long, big and yet elegant and ‘well-chiselled’, always with a lot of tar (and other tar-like elements, pitch and such). Droplets of lemon in the aftertaste.

Thoughts: like, I mean love it much more than the Port Mourant in the same series. Ça c’est un alcool, monseigneur, as they would have said at Versailles (the castle).

Review by "Cyril" Score: 86

Nose: Robe ambrée/vieille or, avec une multitude de jambes se dessinant rapidement, ne laissant que peu de place aux espaces, suivi de gouttelettes lascives et bloquées, comme scotchées. Au nez, il lui faudra de l’aération pour s’ouvrir pleinement, mais on retrouve un profil très -très- grillé: caramel grillé/brûlé, mélasse, fruits secs (pruneaux) grillés, fruits à coque grillés (amande), et une bonne dose de cannelle et surtout de curry ; c’est très aromatique et ça collerait presque aux narines (épais et mielleux). Ça sent la pâte à gâteau mi-cuite, la réglisse, le grain de café torréfié, le zeste de citron, mais ça reste clairement sur la mélasse, le curry et les fruits secs, avec un alcool bien intégré. Le repos dévoilera un peu plus de notes fraîches de zeste d’agrumes, et des fruits exotiques (secs), de l’amande, donnant au nez encore un peu plus de diversité. Un rhum entêtant.

Palate: La bouche est hyper concentrée et collante, mielleuse ; d’abord assez douce, elle devient rapidement tannique et réglissée (bonbon à la réglisse), avec une nette présence d’amertume avec du cuir, du café, mais avec suffisamment de caramel pour éviter la grimace. De la mélasse bien noire, des fruits secs (toujours ce pruneau), du clou de girofle, et de la cannelle.

Finish: La fin de bouche est très longue, sur le chêne brûlé, avec toujours beaucoup de réglisse ; elle est un peu brûlante et épicée, mais toujours bien équilibrée. C’est très long et très savoureux, avec une bouche qui supplante le nez. Le Versailles 98 de Velier, beaucoup plus jeune -et malheureusement trop rare- est aussi très porté sur ces arômes grillés de mélasse et de fruits secs (et à coque), et peut paraitre même écœurant à l’ouverture. Ce Versailles 2002 l’est beaucoup moins, et c’est peut-être dû en partie au sucre ajouté (RumCorner a mesuré le Versailles 2002 à 14gr/L).

Thoughts: Le seul de la gamme qui procure cet effet collant en bouche, et une finale digne de ce nom, détonante et savoureuse. Le plus abouti des 3 techniquement, juste dommage pour le trop plein de sucre (et surtout l’absence de transparence à ce sujet) qu gâche un peu la fête.

Review by "Marco" Score: 84

The second of DDLs rums from the new collection. This time: Versailles VSG.

Nose: Massive spices, oak flavours and herbs, including thyme, are floating in the glass. The alcohol burns gentle in the nose. Anise and cinnamon from the barrel. Vanilla, herbs, papayas and polished wood. Again, a lot of spices. Deep in the glass: herb, anise, leather, toffee, caramel and old wood. Subtle fruit flavours, including papayas and oranges. The maturity of the rum is high. Not the typical VSG-odor, as we might know it from the continental variants. Just a touch of pencil shavings can be imagined.

Palate: Herbs garnished with pencil shavings, oak, roasted flavours and old wood is flooding the palate. The rum burns only gently on the tongue. First, it tastes slightly sour then sweet. Herbs, cinnamon, leather, low fruit and anise from the barrel. Papayas and oranges. The pencil shavings are on the palate more present than in the nose. After a minute in the mouth still slightly sweet on the palate. A high maturity without the otherwise accompanying tasteable bitterness. Only at the very end you realize it just a little bit. 2. sip: More oak and a restrained bitterness hidden beneath the alcohol, indicated by the slightly sour taste. Then strong herbs, some fruits and old wood. Black tea.

Finish: Roasted aromas, herbs and oak. Then pencil shavings and fruits. Papayas and oranges. The typical VSG-taste can be clearly detected in the finish. 2. sip: herbs and old wood. Then again fruits and VSG pencil shavings. Slightly dry at the end.

Thoughts: This rum also acts a little bit strange and has no raw edges. Almost too boring. Again this irritating sweetness. I have already noticed it in the PM.

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