Single Barrel Selection recently released four new Guyanese bottlings in 70cl format and also in 4x20cl set, it’s great to see more and more bottlers offer this kind of set.
Both Diamonds come the Savalle-still with different marks, the 2003 is SVL and the second one is SWR (modern Skeldon-style). The Enmore (Versailles) 1994 sounds interesting as the recent releases from this vintage/mark were very nice, and the last one is a Port Mourant 1990. Let’s go!
S.B.S Diamond 2003-2021 (53.7%, 161 bottles, SVL)
Nose: The alcohol integration could’ve been better. The nose is quite atypical but actually the « Diamond » word is vast. Bubblegum, herbal notes, caramel, polished wood, smoke, mangoes, blood oranges, watermelons, roasted pineapples, eucalyptus and candied lemons. The nose is slightly too sharp.
Mouth: Nice thick texture with the same bubblegum feeling. Wood, bitter dark chocolate, cocoa, mangoes, watermelons, papayas, white pepper, herbal notes, cherry candies, burnt caramel and coffee beans. A powerful mouth with too much bitterness in my opinion.
Finish: Mid-long, warm and bitterish. Dark and thick smoke, peppermint, vanilla and roasted almonds.
Quite atypical profile that might please some people but honestly that’s not my cup of tea.
S.B.S Diamond 2001-2021 (53.2%, 178 bottles, SWR)
Nose: We’re back in something more familiar, and the alcohol integration is also better. Brown sugar, caramel, marzipan, dark and also milk chocolate, mint, grapefruits, toffee, nuts, hazelnuts, lemons and oranges.
Mouth: Nice thick texture as well. The mouth mainly follow the nose pattern with some warmth. Dark chocolate, burnt caramel, licorice, wood, pepper, almonds, roasted coconuts, cherry pits, hazelnuts, butter, brown sugar and toffee. Even blinded you could say that’s a Dark Demerara rum for sure!
Finish: Long and intense. Dark chocolate, bitter cocoa, burnt caramel, wood and almonds.
Maybe not the most complex rum but it has the true Dark Demerara DNA, I enjoyed it! It also confirm me the rumours, Valinch & Mallet and Wild Parrot Diamond 2001 are also SWR in my opinion because they have very close profiles to this one…
S.B.S Enmore 1994-2021 (48.5%, 124 bottles, REV)
Colour: Dark copper.
Nose: Intense and sweet nose in the same time, another great REV? Plums, camphor, burnt caramel, black tea, wood, black grapes, licorice, blackberries, tobacco, roasted notes, blackcurrant, bitter oranges and rubber.
Mouth: Nice thick texture, the alcohol is well integrated and the mouth is quite intense. Plums, black grapes, violet flowers, blackcurrant, blackberries, licorice, tobacco, rubber, wood, coffee beans, cocoa, bitter almonds and some spices. Everything match properly.
Finish: Long and refined. Plums, peppermint, black tea, dried fruits, licorice and blackberry jam.
Another great addition to the ’94 REVs team, not the most complete profile of them all but a very nice and elegant sipper. Good job!
S.B.S Uitvlugt 1990-2021 (53.1%, 191 bottles, PM)
Nose: Wow that’s surprising. Caramelized apples, pears, polished wood, fuel, rubber, plums, marzipan, tea, licorice, burnt caramel, lemons, tobacco and leather. It’s an atypical Port Mourant but it’s a bit monolithic.
Mouth: Nice thick texture and the mouth is a bit more conventional. Plums, apples, pears, wood, white pepper, tannins, tobacco, licorice, anise star, farmy peat (really?) tobacco, leather and some metallic notes. Okay I think I got it.
Finish: Mid-long. Farmy peat, licorice, menthol, anise, vanilla cream and some floral notes.
I really think this rum has been finished in ex-whisky (peated) cask, it doesn’t kill the whole rum but it’s present.
Not a bad rum but also not my cup of tea.
Four Guyanese but this is their only common point. A lot of differences makes that you should definitely find happiness in at least one of the four bottlings.
The winner of the day is the Enmore ’94 but the Diamond 2001 was probably the most surprising.
Thanks Dimitri for the samples, cheers!