Along with the white William Hinton rum we got from the brand at Imbibe Live, we also sampled their three-year old. Like the white, it’s an agricole rum from the Portuguese island of Madeira, but it’s aged for three years in French oak.
On the nose: Oak, caramel and vanilla were prominent, but I also got an aroma like shoe polish (Chris didn’t!).
In the mouth: I openly struggle with the majority of aged agricoles, which I find take on too much oak and woodiness that becomes overpowering. This one was much more mellow. Yes, there was definite notes of oak, but it mellows to a sweet, long finish of vanilla.We decided to try it with an ice cube to really check out its sipping credentials, but this brought out way too much oak that we both thought was too much.
Sipping or cocktails? Whilst we weren’t averse to this as a sipping rum, it’s probably best suited to cocktails. We have tried it in a mojito, which was one of the drink they created using the 3 year old, featured on their Facebook page. The mojito, was very pleasant, with the slight aged agricole taste comming through. Rhum Clément’s list here may throw up some gems.
Even though you could sip this rum, we think that it works best in a cocktail. Just like the William Hinton White Agricole rum, it would have benefitted from being bottled at a higher ABV.
Check out our review of the William Hinton White Agricole rum here.
You can find William Hinton rum on Facebook here.
Until next time, keep rumming!