I attended a rum tasting event at Restaurant Bryggan in Höganäs 2012-4-19.The restaurant has a beautiful location down in the port of Höganäs with a view of the port and the open sea outside of it. While waiting for the tasting to start I had an Anchor Steam in the restaurant together with some of the other participants.
We were 10-15 people attending the tasting in a back room of the restaurant. It started with an interesting review of the history and manufacturing of rum held by Lars Bergendahl. The rums we tried were Ron de Jeremy, Amrut Old Port, Plantation 20th Anniversary and Zacapa 23. I own the last two but really enjoyed trying the Ron de Jeremy and Old Port since I have been curious about them and considered buying at least the Ron de Jeremy. First we tried them neat with some bread and water between each tasting and later on we tried with a few drops of water and some chocolate.
Ron de Jeremy - Panama 7 yo
Named after famous actor Ron Jeremy is a new rum that was introduced during 2011.
Smell: Sweet, raisins, mint
Taste: A bit oaky, the alcohol is quite noticeable but it's all in all pretty good. It got better with a few drops of water.
Amrut Old Port - India 10yo
Smell:Very sweet, vanilla, rum raisin icecream
Taste:Sweet, a bit of alcohol in the aftertaste. Hints of aceton. This one was not for me. It was too sweet with something unpleasant hiding beneath the sweetness.
Plantation Barbados 20th Anniversary - Barbados
Smell: vanilla, no alcohol, the coco nut I remember this rum for was lacking in the smell
Taste: Ah the coconut was in the taste not in the smell! I have correctly identified this rum in a blind test due to the characteristic coco nut. It's sweet and smooth, no alcohol.
Ron Zacapa 23 - Guatemala
Smell: A bit sweet, no alcohol
Taste: This used to be my favourite rum but I find it lacking a bit of character now. It very good, no doubt about it, it's just that it's a bit... boring. It lacks something to distinguish itself with.
The winner for me was the Plantation rum and considering the small price difference between it and the others, here in Sweden at least, it's definitely the best buy.
After the tasting we had a very good dinner in the restaurant and had the opportunity to try the Dillon too afterwards. I saw some interesting bottles in the bar that I was curious about. It was the El Dorado 15, Renegade Jamaica (Moneymaker), and Bristol Caroni 1996. The El Dorado 15 was a bit too dry and whisky like for me, I still prefer the 12 year old. The Renegade was interesting, the taste was not all that great but the aftertaste was very good. The Bristol Caroni was the last one I tried and it was also good. I want to try the three last ones on another occasion when I have not had so many other rums before them so I can rate them better.
I had a really nice evening and would like to repeat it sometime.