Intensely aromatic on the nose. It has a refined taste profile revealing bright fruity caramel flavors balanced by earthy, grassy notes with a long and spicy finish.
Introduced in 2014, Denizen Merchant’s Reserve 8 year-old rum was designed to become the ultimate go-to rum for tiki-style drinks with its versatile flavor profile and age. It is the first rum consisting of aged pot still rum from Jamaica and a rare component of strongly aromatic Rhum Grande Arome from the French island of Martinique, giving the brand the distinction of being the first historically accurate Mai Tai rum sold commercially. The rums used in the blend have been slow fermented using the finest slow working yeasts, which extend the fermentation time up to two weeks, allowing the high ester flavor compounds to fully develop. They are then aged 8 years in small 200 liter once-used American oak bourbon barrels yielding an unparalleled level of smoothness to rival the world’s best sipping rums. The distilleries where the Jamaican portion of the blend has been sourced are Worthy Park Estates, Hampden Estates, Clarendon, and New Yarmouth. The Rhum Grande Arome is produced at the Le Galion distillery in Martinique. This is the only high ester molasses -based distillate produced in Martinique and according to rum cocktail historians, was the Martinique component of the rum blend Trader Vic Bergeron used in the 3rd iteration of his 1944 Mai Tai recipe. Merchant’s Reserve both transforms the traditional rum cocktail and provides a pleasing complexity that can be enjoyed neat.
- Beverage Tasting Institute - Platinum - 2019
- Ultimate Spirits Challenge - 92 Points - 2018