Rum Nation Engenho Novo Amarone Cask 2009/2019 52%
This traditional distillery from Madeira made an experiment with an 18 months finish in casks of the heaviest, thickest and fruitiest Italian red wine: Amarone. A risky experiment… but the result is actually much more conservative than expected. The typical juiciness and richness of their rum, so herbal, full of earthy notes, ripe dates and raisins, is preserved: dark, very heavy, fruity. The influence of the wine starts to appear only as a different twist in the peppery character and tannic astringency of the long, warm, lingering finish.