Holmes Cay Mauritius 2005 Grays 15 Year – 50%
Stats: Independent bottling of a 2005 distillate from Grays Distilling LTD in Pamplemousses, Mauritius, part of East Africa in the Indian Ocean. It aged for 15 years in topical weather in ex-Cognac casks and was bottled at 50% with no additives. This was a private barrel selected by the Barrel Seekers for the Barrels and Bottles Foundation in Dallas.
Nose: Red grapefruit, grilled pineapple, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, vanilla frosting, furniture polish
Mouth: Bitter grapefruit, tobacco, clove, cracked pepper, nutmeg, macadamias, motor oil, rotting wood, trashy funk, stale coffee, prune juice, toast, Pine Sol. Very dry with a good amount of heat. Slight Robitussin.
Final Thoughts: The grapefruit note on the nose and palate is so wild. Don’t think I’ve ever gotten that from any other rum and here it is displayed in spades, and it lingers long. The rum is so expressive and unique, presenting a heavy character I’d more associate with pot distillation. The proof is such that it is approachable and you can sustain multiple pours in one sitting. Very happy to have this one and a back up in the collection.
My Rating: 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