Rum Shark is a new Czech independent bottler and those four bottles are their first releases. There’s mainly one thing that piqued my curiosity, their first wave of bottlings include the first Hampden release from the 2005 vintage. We don’t have any informations about the mark so let’s see what says the palate about it.
We’re getting used to those New Yarmouth 1994 releases and apparently there’s also a wave of Uitvlugt 1999 casks that have been offered, for this kind of bottling we don’t expect only average ones so let’s see if those stand out of the crowd.
Rum Shark Clarendon 2006-2020 (69%)
Nose: The alcohol integration isn’t that good. Too bad because there’s some interesting things behind this alcohol over presence. Baked apples, apricots, cake dough, vanilla, plums, almonds, black tea, marzipan, peppermint, cinnamon, black olives and some glue. I think it has been mainly/fully continental aged.
Mouth: Nice oily texture but the alcohol is also too sharp. Glue, blueberries, eucalyptus freshness, apple pie, pears, cinnamon, nutmeg, burnt wood, vanilla and blackcurrant. It’s interesting but a small reduction could have been valuable.
Finish: Mid-long and warm. Blackcurrant, burnt wood, toasted bread, cocoa and bitter almonds.
The alcohol integration was problematic during the whole tasting, not part of the best continental-aged Clarendon I could taste.
Rum Shark Hampden 2005-2020 (69%)
Colour: Dark gold.
Nose: As we know OWH and LFCH came few years later, first nose tell me LROK for sure. I also think it spent some years under the tropics. Caramelized pineapples, candied lemons, bananas, apples, grapefruits, oranges, nutmeg, wood, tannins, white pepper, vanilla, brown sugar and roasted coconuts.
Mouth: That’s powerful, warm and slightly astringent. The alcohol integration is better than the first Jamaican but it could’ve been even better. Roasted pineapples, brown sugar, caramelized apples, wet wood, white pepper, chilies, coconuts, grapefruits and vanilla.
Finish: Long enough and warm. Vanilla, peppermint, floral notes, caramel and some wood.
That’s surprising as it’s not a common Hampden profile, it’s rounder than expected but also less fruity.
Rum Shark Uitvlugt 1999-2020 (56%)
Colour: Light gold.
Nose: Hello Port Mourant, as expected. This is very herbal and metallic. Steel, wet wood, Granny smith apples, fresh soil, burnt caramel, honey, tea and some freshly cut grass. It’s a bit too monolithic.
Mouth: Very nice thick texture and the mouth is slightly more complex. Dark honey, brown sugar, wet wood, steel, metallic notes, dark chocolate, herbal notes, vanilla, olive oil and some burnt wood.
Finish: Mid-long and bitterish. Bitter cocoa, burnt wood, peppermint and fresh soil.
A typical Port Mourant that lacks a bit of roundness.
Rum Shark New Yarmouth 1994-2020 (69%)
Nose: The nose suggest less than this high ABV, nice. Brown sugar, vanilla, cherry pits, wood, hazelnuts, marzipan, roasted coconuts, tobacco and milk chocolate. Pleasant nose but actually not very different than others New Yarmouth’s from the same vintage.
Mouth: Nice oily texture with a very nice alcohol integration. That’s pleasantly round with hazelnuts, chocolate, caramel, coconuts, lemon peels, grapefruits, wood, leather, marzipan and some mineral notes. Well balanced mouth.
Finish: Long enough and refined. Cherry pits, bitter almonds, brown sugar, oak and some spices.
Well executed 1994 New Yarmouth, I enjoyed it. I only miss this little extra thing we had with the Rum Artesanal one for example.
I didn’t find an hidden gem in this first wave from Rum Shark but let’s see what they are planning for the next one! Thanks Christophe for the samples, cheers.
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