La Hechicera Rum Muscat Cask Finish

Colombia

43%
£59

 

“Uncategorisable” due to the non-disclosure of the distillery used.
(would be a Modern Rum: From a modern multi column still.)

ABV Hydrometer Test: 45% ABV @ 20°
* M

La Hechicera Serie Experimental No.1 The Muscat Experiment to give this rum its full title is the “first of many” in an annual range of limited edition rums.

I have previously written about La Hechicera’s regular rum offering following #LaHechiceraTT – a Twitter tasting in 2018. Rather than repeat myself, if you want to learn more about La Hechicera, please click on the link and have a look.

This new blend is from rums aged 12-21 years in American white oak and is limited to 7,200 bottles worldwide. Each bottle is hand-numbered – I have bottle 2,035.

Apparently, according to the press, this rum came about by accident. 12 years after the family run distillery started production under Miguel Riascos Senior, he filled 16 barrels of rum with Muscat, his favourite wine of choice. 12 years later, these barrels were “discovered” by Miguel Riascos Junior, his son, who realised the wine tasted rather good. He refilled these barrels with rums and left them to continue ageing for “several months.”

The barrels used have been on the following journey:

  • Bourbon (N/A – 2003)
  • Rum (2003 – 2006)
  • Muscat wine (2006 – 2018)
  • La Hechicera rum (2018 – 2019)

One of the things that endears me to La Hechicera is that they do not use additives of any kind.

La Hechicera Serie Experimental No.1 The Muscat Experiment is:
“Uncategorisable” due to the non-disclosure of the distillery used.
(Would be a Modern Rum: From a modern multi column still.)

Bottle/Presentation 3/3

Presented in an outer tin and wrapped in branded paper, this edition of La Hechicera has a very premium look and feel to it.

The tin and bottle are beautifully adorned with La Hechicera’s “H” shaped orchid (national flower of Colombia) embossed in blue wax on a background of flowers and fauna and La Hechicera barrels. It looks delightful.

The bottle has a natural cork enclosure and a lovely stopper with the “H” stamped on top of it.

The outer tin tells the story of how this edition came about, which is repeated on the side of the bottle’s label. The other side of the label explains the barrel history (see above) and a taste profile, whilst on the neck of the bottle is a label with the batch number – 01 of 2019, date of bottling – July 2019, bottle number – 2,035, Master Blender’s signature, “Process” – molasses-fermented, multi-column distilled and finally “Barrel wood” – American white oak.

I do not think I have encountered a Latin-style of ron with so much disclosure of information and process on the bottle – well done La Hechicera, we just need the distillery disclosure now.

Glass/Aroma 7/10

In the glass this ron is a medium to deep amber in colour with medium thickness legs.

On the nose there is caramel, honey, vanilla, tropical fruits and subtle oak in the background.

 

Taste, Initial-middle 33/40

The entry is easy going – creamy and buttery with hints of vanilla, pineapple and yellow banana. As it reaches the mid-palate, notes of muscovado sugar, white pepper and cinnamon appear.

Taste, Middle/Throat 36/40

Multiple tastings reveal dried fruits and an increasingly dry astringency. It has the taste of a fine aged Boal or Malmsey Madeira wine. In the background subtle oak and spices keep things dry against a persistent background of pineapples and ripe bananas.

Afterburn 5/7

Persistent dried fruits and a touch of dryness. Very much tastes like a fine Madeira wine at this point. The finish is medium in length but has a pleasant warmth created from white pepper and cinnamon.

TOTAL 84/100
La Hechicera Serie Experimental No.1 The Muscat Experiment
La Hechicera Serie Experimental No.1 The Muscat Experiment
Overall

Well this is a rather tasty tipple. One of the better Latin-style rons I have encountered and being 45% it has a bit of a kick to it, too.

It has plenty of flavours to keep things interesting and drifts seamlessly between dry and sweet. If you enjoy Madeira wines (I love them) you will appreciate this ron and should pick up some of the fruity fortified wine notes.

Don’t buy it if you are expecting powerful funkiness or an explosion of pot still spices – this is something easy going to relax with, a delightful tipple to enjoy in the garden on a warm evening with a bowl of ice cream.

As always, La Hechicera is additive-free. For an experimental cask, I would say “The Enchantress” was a very successful venture.

I look forward to the next experiment.

Value: 7/10:

Additive-free, limited edition and 12-21 years of ageing.

Flavour Profile:

 

 

Review No. 137

*
P Denotes the rum contains POT still distillate.
C Denotes the rum contains traditional/Coffey COLUMN still distillate.
B Denotes the rum contains a BLEND of POT and COLUMN still distillate.
M Denotes the rum contains MULTI-COLUMN still distillate or is a MODERN rum.
A Denotes the rum is an AGRICOLE i.e. from Cane Juice.
S Denotes the rum is presented in a SWEETENED style.

Marking Guide:
Bottle/Presentation Out of 3
Glass/Aroma Out of 10
Taste, Initial-middle Out of 40
Taste, Middle/Throat Out of 40
Afterburn Out of 7
TOTAL 100

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