Mezan Panama 2006 Rum
A nine year rum from Panama (bottled in 2015), distilled on multi-column stills and aged in ex-bourbon casks in the UK. Bottled, as with all Mezan rums, without any added sugar, flavoring, or coloring at 40% abv. Many of the classic molasses aromas are here including brown sugar, toasted marshmallow, sugar cane, apricot, and a little molasses funk. The presence of the ex-bourbon barrel is also quite noticeable in the mix. Mezan Panama rum’s nose is soft, inviting, and well integrated with just the right amount of spice and funk. The palate entry for is soft, bright, and flavorful, with brown sugar, candied orange, apricot, caramel, and molasses. There’s a touch of oak spice at the opening, which carries forward and intensifies in the midpalate, which shows a nice mix of sweet notes from the opening – apricot, orange, and molasses – with intensified spice notes of nutmeg, clove, black pepper, and oak. The spice from the midpalate drives a nice finish which is backed by apricot and cane sugar.