Today let’s discover Rum Runner, a new French independent bottler which started with a range of 6 rums bottled at cask strength.
Some of those are out of what I usually drink, but I’m curious to see if I can be surprised by them.
Rum Runner Martinique (69.1%)
Nose: A punch of citruses. Fresh cane, mint freshness, oranges, grapefruits, pineapples, strawberries, brown sugar, olives and solvents. The alcohol integration is nice even if it’s powerful.
Mouth: That’s sweeter than expected with sugarcane, herbal notes, strawberries, watermelons, grapefruits, brown sugar, polish and glue.
Finish: Mid-long and warm. Peppermint, dark chocolate, dried fruits, smoke and hay.
I’m not a huge fan of un-aged rums but I must say I enjoyed this one.
Rum Runner Cuba 2015-2020 (59.5%)
Nose: Not a very expressive nose, that’s sweet but too flat in my opinion. Wood is very present, tobacco, leather mint and dark bitter chocolate.
Mouth: It’s warm and the alcohol is well integrated. Wood, tannins, tobacco, coffee beans, cocoa, chilies and hints of vanilla. It lacks of complexity.
Finish: Too short and it follows the same pattern as the rest. Wood, bitter cocoa with some spices.
This one is a typical ron, and I don’t like ron that much, even when it’s not sweetened and has a great alcohol integration like this one. It could be a great changeover if you actually drinking ron and want to discover a cask strength ron.
Rum Runner Belize 2007-2020 (60.9%)
Nose: Warm and sweet but way more aromatic than the last one. Milk chocolate, coconuts, wood, vanilla, nutmeg and burnt caramel.
Mouth: Nice oily texture there! It’s surprisingly evolutive with the classical range of aromas we usually find in the Belize rums. Wood, vanilla, coconuts, caramel, chocolate and some spices. It could have been more complex.
Finish: Mid-long. Toasted bread, orange peels and dark chocolate.
Lack of depth but it remains easy to sip and well balanced, a great one to drink after dinner.
Rum Runner T.D.L 2002-2020 (61.9%)
Colour: Light copper.
Nose: Dark and red fruits that directly reminds me the TDL with some Caroni notes I already tasted (from Rum Artesanal and Compagnie des Indes). Blueberries, gooseberries, leather, blackcurrants, eucalyptus and some wood notes.
Mouth: That’s powerful but with one more time with maturity and self control. Leather, dark fruits, blackcurrants, raspberries, blueberries and fuel. We’re going back to the glass faster than expected!
Finish: Long enough and slightly bitterish. Vanilla, blackcurrants with some floral notes.
This is the third time I got surprised -in a good way- by a TDL rum. Good job!
Rum Runner Monymusk 2007-2020 (61.2%)
Nose: Drastic change! This is the most aromatic yet, not surprising. Overripe bananas, polish, apples, pears, vanilla, roasted notes, apple juice and cocoa.
Mouth: Apples, green bananas, green olives, wood, almonds, marzipan, toasted bread, polish and glue. If you’re asking this one should be a Continental aged Monymusk.
Finish: Long and very vanilla flavoured. Dark smoke with a pleasant mint freshness.
A funky one that could be interesting to try if you want to discover Jamaican rums, with (one more time) a nice balance and alcohol integration.
Rum Runner Blend (62.5%)
Nose: That’s very interesting to taste this blend after having try each rum one by one. The un-aged Martinique and the Monymusk leads the way. Fresh cane, vanilla, bananas, citruses, tobacco, straw and peppermint freshness.
Mouth: Very fruity, concentrated and slightly spicy. Exotic fruits, sugarcane, mangoes, wood, vanilla, caramel, pineapples, peaches and ice-tea.
Finish: Long, warm and powerful. We meet again the TDL with blackcurrants and blackberries, vanilla and burnt wood.
The blend shows off the rums which compose it, it works!
Very nice alcohol integrations and well balanced rums overall. I clearly understand the purpose of this first range from Rum Runner, you can enjoy sipping them if you are a nerd (as I’m), and you can learn a lot with good products if you actually discover cask strength rums.
Thanks a lot Sylvain and Mael, I hope to try more from Rum Runner in the future!
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