Just when you thought Rumbullion! and Rumbullion! Navy-Strength couldn’t be beat, Ableforth’s bring us Rumbullion! XO 15 Years Old. Once again, it’s a spectacular, shipshape spiced rum inspired by the seafaring fraternity from centuries ago, but this time, it’s the Captain’s special reserve which he keeps locked in his quarters.
The blend of vanilla, orange peel and fine spices brings back the familiar, fantastic notes of the original, but the extraordinary 15 year old Caribbean rum at the core of Rumbullion! XO gives the rum a seductive, intense depth. Well balanced, full-bodied and packed with warmth, the Captain will not be likely to share a drop.
Best enjoyed neat, but it also makes an excellent spiced Palmetto cocktail…
Nose: A huge hit of creamy, sweet vanilla and juicy, freshly sliced oranges. There is a mulled wine-like delivery of toasted cinnamon and cloves, with a core of well-aged rum. Aromatic notes of dark chocolate, ripe plums and fragrant oak develop in the glass.
Palate: Exceedingly thick, mouth-coating palate-entry offering up crystallized peels, Seville orange marmalade and even a hint of blackberry. Soft chamois leather and cedar wood provide a complex backbone alongside a huge dosing of cinnamon, cloves and liquorice.
Finish: Long, sparkling finish with notes of old-fashioned cola cubes and intense bittersweet orange. A final flutter of toasted oak appears on the tail.
Overall: This XO edition includes all the rich flavor of the original Rumbullion! with an added dimension of depth and complexity.