A 37 year-old Dictador Rum from a 1980 single vintage cask finished in whisky
barrels then shipped to Château d’Arche in Sauternes, Bordeaux, France, where it
further spent six months in American oak barrels of 225 litres, typical size for
Bordeaux wines. This barrel has been filled up with Château d’Arche for the
Nose: A plethora of sweetness with vanilla crème brulée, dark caramel-coated
chocolate and plenty of dried fruits including figs, dates and quince, then hints of
toasted bread and orange rind.
Palate: Quite an interesting marriage with marzipan, dried apricots and cloudberry
marmalade over maple syrup, milk chocolate and crème brulée. Once the initial
burn dissipates, true rum character comes through overtaking the “foreign” flavors
and it finishes nicely with a relatively balanced supple golden fruit cake with hints
of toast. Fine and supple.
Color: A firm dark bronze going out into a lighter golden hue at the rim, showing
high viscosity with fine long legs in the glass.