Danish bottler Nobilis Rum just came back with no fewer than 6 new bottlings, today we’ll talk about three of them, #8, #9 and #10. This Guyanese trio have been selected by three different retailers : Caksus (Cavavin Belval), VERSUS Vins & Spiritueux and Rum-Exchange. I enjoyed the past Nobilis Rum selections with some crazy stuff such as #2 (’93 Hampden) and #3 (’86 W.I.R.D) and I hope they still give priority to the quality rather than the quantity. Let’s start!
Nobilis Rum Enmore (Versailles) 1990-2021 (53.8%, cask #NR08, bottles, selected by Caksus)
Colour: Light gold.
Nose: Nice aromatic strength! That’s the kind of typical Versailles profile. Apple pie, vanilla, pears, honey, licorice stick, black olives, wet wood, herbal notes, marzipan and some light metallic notes.
Mouth: Pleasant thick and aerial texture in the same time. Salty liquorice leads the way, then we have wood, apples, dried fruits, grapes, bitter almonds, vanilla, black olives, iodized notes, brown sugar, burnt caramel, roasted notes and nutmeg. A complex and well balanced mouth.
Finish: Long enough. Vanilla, raspberries, ginger, burnt wood and peppermint.
This is exactly what I expect from a ’90 Versailles, it lacks of originality to stand out above the crowds.
Nobilis Rum Uitvlugt (PM) 1990-2021 (50.5%, cask #NR09, 169 bottles, selected by VERSUS Vins & Spiritueux)
Nose: Very different to the ’89 PM from the last release. It’s also refined, far from being an extreme Port Mourant. Wet wood, steel, apples, pears, honey, chilies, eucalyptus, licorice and vanilla. This is slightly too monolithic.
Mouth: Smooth again. Apples, pears, honey, vanilla cream, pastries, wood, tannins, chilies, white pepper, salty licorice and steel. This is quite evolutive, spices gradually give character to the mouth.
Finish: Mid-long. Burnt wood, vanilla, red fruits, blackcurrant, drying smoke, mint, roasted notes and bitter almonds.
A classy Port Mourant, I enjoyed this surprising mouth more than the nose but it’s far from making me forget the great ’89 release.
Nobilis Rum Enmore (Versailles) 1991-2021 (51.2%, cask #NR10, bottles, selected by Rum Exchange)
Colour: Light coffee.
Nose: Unquestionably KFM! This is woody and dirty in a great way. Oils, burnt rubber, leather, plums, polish, roasted notes, black grapes, eucalyptus freshness, strong coffee, dark fruits, blackcurrant, tobacco, cocoa, brown sugar and overcooked caramel. Nice!
Mouth: Even this one has a refined mouth, surprising isn’t it? It also has a pleasant oily texture. Wood is very present but doesn’t overwhelms the other aromas. Mint, ginger, espresso, rubber, oils, burnt caramel, roasted cocoa beans, leather, plums, sultanas, roasted notes, blackberries, molasses, menthol, blackcurrant, dried fruits, chilies and some spices.
Finish: Long and bitterish. Burnt wood, canon powder, tobacco, vanilla and leather.
My favorite of the trio. You need to enjoy woody rums to love it as I did. Dirty, strong and smooth, it’s clearly a great KFM, good job!
Three more solid bottlings by Nobilis, your favorite will depends from your personal taste as usual, there’s no false step there. But I need more after the stuff offered by the Danish bottler up to date! Maybe the second part will make me swallow my words?
See you soon for the second part with Bellevue 1998, Diamond (EHP) 2002 & Uitvlugt (PM) 1995. Cheers!