Bristol Classic 1986 “Rockley Still” Barbados Rum 26 Year Sherry Finish – 46%
Stats: From what I’ve gathered on the internets… This was a 2012 release from Bristol Classic Rum of a 1986 Rockley-style distillate that was made at the West Indies Rum Distillery in Barbados. While the original Rockley pot still resided at WIRD during that time, it is highly unlikely it was used in the creation of this rum as it wasn’t re-commissioned until recently. This distillate aged in ex-bourbon casks for 26 years in a combination of tropical and continental climate before being finished in Oloroso Sherry casks.
Source: Sample obtained in a trade.
Conditions: Enjoyed neat in a Glencairn over the course of two sessions.
Nose: Sharpie, industrial waste, motor oil/mechanics shop, tar, tires, honey, lavender, raisins, moth ball.
Mouth: Prunes. Citric bitterness, tart lemon, maple syrup, butterscotch, walnut, fermenting fruits, raisins, stone fruits, cherry cola, shortcake. Furniture polish. Body odor. Motor oil and a dry ashiness lingers for a very long time.
Final Thoughts: This is my first Rockley-style rum, so I’m not sure how much the sherry cask influenced the flavor profile. My initial impression is that it resembles Caroni in its industrial leanings, but the palate also brings forth a sweetness with fruity and citrus notes. I find this to be alluring, but not something I would reach for regularly. Would be curious to try a Rockley without a secondary cask finish.
My Rating: 3/5
1 – I don’t want this in my mouth ever again
2 – Best used for mixing
3 – Decent sipper
4 – Very enjoyable
5 – I’m buying a back up bottle