12 Year Old Réunion Grand Arôme Single Cask Rum
Our Plantation Rum love affair continues with a remarkable single cask exclusively bottled for Harvey Nichols. The 12 Year Old Réunion Grand Arôme Single Cask Rum is made by Distillerie de Savanna on the French island of Réunion, located in the Indian Ocean just off Madagascar. This super rare and little-known distillery from a difficult-to-pinpoint-on-a-map tropical island may not be a household name yet, but it shouldn’t be underestimated. Its younger rums have picked up prestigious medals from the likes of the International Spirits Challenge and International Wine & Spirit Competition, as well as a Double Gold from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. It’s definitely one to watch if you can lay your hands on it.
The ‘Grand Arôme’ on the label tells you that this been made in a full-flavoured British style from molasses, rather than being a rhum agricole – the more commonly found style on the island. Crafted on a copper Savalle column still produced in Paris, the rum was aged for 10 years in French oak in Réunion’s tropical climate. It was then shipped to Château de Bonbonnet – the home of Cognac masters Maison Ferrand – where it spent one year in a Ferrand cask gaining complexity, and one further year in a Rye Whiskey cask adding spice and fire. Bottled from single cask No.4 at full strength, it reminds us of funky high ester Jamaican rums with its flambéed banana, barbequed plantain, liquorice allsorts, freshly split vanilla pods, nutmeg, clove, smoked peppercorn, ginger beer, toasted coconut, spicy biltong and herbal oolong tea notes. A great gift for true rum connoisseurs, this is one to sip neat or if mix into a Dark ‘n’ Stormy or Hurricane.
In the late 1980s Alexandre Gabriel of the Cognac house Maison Ferrand set off on an adventure; he was scouring the world in search of the finest rums. His passion gave birth to Plantation, an artisanal range of rums from the great terroirs of the tropics. Combining French savoir-faire with Caribbean joie de vivre, Plantation’s outturn is a treasure trove for rum lovers and spirits enthusiasts.
SKU No.: 2840973
Style No.: 706530
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 51.9%
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