Holmes Cay South Africa 2017 Mhoba Rum
Holmes Cay was created with one simple premise - to seek out the world's best rums and release them unadulterated and at full strength. This release, a 100% pot still single estate rum made from fresh cane juice, comes from the Mhoba Distillery of South Africa. Fully aged at the distillery for 4 years in casks that previously held South African whisky, the rum was bottled in New York state at full barrel proof (59% abv).
On the nose, there is intense spice, pineapple, grapefruit and a hint of chocolate alongside earthy minerality and subtle oak. The palate shows tobacco and vanilla alongside tingly pepper and some stewed stone fruit. The chocolate-cocoa character lingers behind on the finish, which sits on the tongue for a good long while. A very full bodied and characterful agricole style rum.