Bristol Classic Rum Vale Royal Wedderburn Jamaica 2002
Bristol // Jamaica
Bristol Spirits, a U.K. independent rum bottler, purchases casks from rum distilleries and sells them unadulterated (except for a bit of dilution) and clearly labels their source. The Vale Royale Wedderburn is from Jamaica’s Long Pond distillery. This particular style of pot-still Jamaican rum has a high ester count, making for an especially intense flavor. Normally intended for blending with more neutral rums, the Vale Royal is targeted squarely at Jamaican funk aficionados.
Aged RumRum that is aged, but no specific type or size barrel required. No set time required for length of aging, but will often carry an age statement (which should be taken with a grain of salt). Often thought of as "sipping rums".
"The Vale Royal is surprisingly light in color for a nine-year aged rum. The nose is classic Jamaican – overripe banana and funky esters. The flavor explodes on your tongue – apples and funk, but less banana than the nose suggests. At 86 proof, it’s surprisingly approachable, with a flavor intensity only slightly less than the 114 proof Smith & Cross. The finish ends with a trace of oiliness. Those who seek out ultra-funky Jamaican rums will want this for their collection."