Hamilton Single Cask Strength Collection Guyana 13 Year Port Mourant (Austin Rum Society Pick) – 57.3%
Stats: I was recently given the opportunity to select a barrel of rum from Hamilton’s new Single Cask Strength Collection for the Texas market. Ed sent me 29 cask samples of aged rum from Barbados, Jamaica and Guyana. My favorite expression of the bunch was a 13 year old Port Mourant from the Diamond Distillery in Guyana, clocking in at 57.3% ABV. As far as I know, this was aged entirely continentally and contains no additives.
If you’re unfamiliar, Port Mourant is a nearly 300 year double retort wooden pot still, the only operable one of its kind left in existence. It is made up of native Greenheart, among the most durable species of wood. It produces super interesting aromas and flavors and was an integral component of the British Royal Navy’s rum ration. Port Mourant produces some of the most sought after distillate in the rum world and is primarily utilized in small quantities to add unique character to popular blends including Lemon Hart, Pussers, and El Dorado.
Conditions: Enjoyed neat over the course of several sessions with different amounts of time and dilution in a combination of Glencairn, Perfect Whiskey, and “Neat” glasses.
Nose: Crisp mountain air, green forest, pencil shavings, cardboard, crackers, fresh leather, extinguished campfire, a slight herbal/medicinalness, caramel.
Mouth: Tons of wood and heat up front. Graham cracker, tea, ash, caramel. With water and time it opens up to chocolate milk, musk, leather, cigar, tobacco, walnut, an herbal note. The wood influence is very well integrated and doesn’t give off bitter tannins. Charred wood lingers long.
Final Thoughts: I’ve been fortunate enough to try quite a few Port Mourants of different vintages and ages. Is this the best one I’ve ever had? No. Is it unique and delicious and a great value? Absolutely!
It retails in the neighborhood of $110 and considering the legacy of this still, the quality of the distillate, its age and proof, and the fact it’s the very first ARS barrel pick and there’s only 204 bottles in existence, I think it’s well worth adding to your collection.
My Rating: 4
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