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April 11, 2018

Review: Mezan XO Jamaican Rum

by Jeff Ellingson

Mezan XO Jamaican Rum is made in small batches of 5000 bottles from rums produced by several different Jamaican distilleries.  While no age statement is published on the bottles label or the companies website, several reliable sources claim these rums are aged from 4-23 years.  Three of the distilleries said to produce rum for this blend include Monymusk, Worthy Park, and Hampden.  These casks are shipped to England where the Master Blender carefully selects and blends these rums and then re-casks the rum in bourbon barrels to encourage the marriage of flavors. The rum is unsweetened, uncolored, and only lightly filtered before bottling at 80 proof.It pours to a golden chardonnay color.  The aroma is oak, char, banana, orange, pineapple, vanilla custard, cinnamon, and apricot.  The sweet sugar cane and vanilla entry is joined by orange citrus, butter cream, banana, and caramel.  It fades with apricot and oak.  The finish is dry, warm, mineral, and peppery with tangy pineapple, oak char, and orange peel.  I enjoyed the flavor profile but I expected a smoother finish from a double barrel matured extra old rum blend.

Jamaican Missionary

50 Ml. Mezan XO Jamaica

20 Ml. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

20 ML. Fresh Squeezed Pineapple Juice

5 Ml. Passion Fruit Syrup

15 ML.  Cinnamon Syrup

Shake With Ice and Strain

Into an Ice Filled Glass

Garnish With Mint Sprig

Pineapple Slice and Cinnamon Stick

Made with Rum Distilled in Jamaica

40% Alcohol

Grade: 89

Award: Silver Medal

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