Hamilton Guyana Rum
Ministry of Rum Collection // Guyana
The South American country of Guyana, with its close proximity to the Caribbean, is known for its distinctive, smoky rums made from Demerara sugar. While once home to many distilleries, consolidation has brought all the country’s rum making capacity under Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), which uses a number of historical stills, including wooden pot and column stills. While there’s no shortage of examples of DDL product on the market, including El Dorado and many multi-island blends, rum aficionado Ed Hamilton found it worthwhile to import two impeccably sourced and documented custom blends, aged up to five years with no post-distillation sugar added. This rum is the same rum as the Hamilton Demerara Overproof, but diluted down a more sippable 86 proof, with a bit of spirit caramel added for color.
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".
"In the glass, this rum is a dark copper, partially the result of added spirit caramel. The nose is molasses, with more subtle traces of leather and tobacco. The initial entry surprises with a sweet fruit, but which quickly transforms into the molasses and tobacco tones picked up from the nose, along with some mild spice. The finish is dry and earthy, with the tobacco fading out last with a slight amount of burn. This is a robust spirit that has no designs on being a fancy sherry-casked sipping rum. Not an ideal gateway rum for someone new to the category, it’s worthwhile to pull out when demonstrating the diversity of styles. Also ideal for cocktails which call for a non-overproof demerara-style rum, where it competes in the same space as the El Dorado 5 and El Dorado 8."