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Pierre Ferrand Xaymaca Special Dry Rum

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Bottle size
700ml
ABV
43%
Brand
Pierre Ferrand Cognac

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Tasting review

Eye: Pale amber

Nose: Very complex with multiple layers, a subtle smokey and meaty aroma is penetrated with fruity, herbal and sour notes. There is an underlying scent of vanilla, with cooked banana, bitter orange peel and ripe pineapple.

Palate: Dry on the palate with a floral and fruity combination of rose water, pear, white grapes, apricot and apple-cinnamon. Following this, flavors of coconut milk, bread, nuts and allspices emerge to leave us with a long and spicy finish on ripe fruit.

Description

Pierre Ferrand Xaymaca Special Dry Rum

Plantation belongs to the famous French cognac house Ferrand, located in the premier cru of Grande Champagne. Maison Ferrand owner and master distiller, Alexandre Gabriel works closely with distilleries across the Caribbean and Americas crafting rums, ensuring they are allowed to mature in warm Caribbean cellars for the initial part of their life. For the second stage of the process the rums are shipped to Cognac where they are further aged in Ferrand cognac casks. This traditional process is unique to Plantation and produces lively, full bodied Caribbean rums with a French finesse finish.

With the Xaymaca Special Dry, Alexander Gabriel is fulfilling his long-held dream to produce a 100% pot still rum that brings back the quintessential Jamaican style of the 19th century. The rum is made with a blend of spirits from Long Pond and Clarendon distilleries, which Maison Ferrand purchased shares of in 2017. Xaymaca (pronounced zay-muck-uh), is the original name for Jamaica that the indigenous Arawacks, who inhabited Jamaica well before Columbus, gave it. Xaymaca means ‘land of wood and water’.

This blend has it all, it is what would be called a ‘heavy rum’ in relation to its depth and will be easy to drink for anyone who enjoys whisky and the Islay region. Despite the extra portion of sugar this rum keeps to its ‘extra dry’ name, along with a subtle smoke this is perfectly Jamaican. The expression of intense aromas and flavors such as black banana and flambéed pineapple reveals to us the legendary ‘Rum Funk’, with just a touch of French elegance on top.

Presentation of the bottle:

A vibrant and nautical style design. Tropical themed visuals on the label, along with a net sleeve makes this a fun bottle to prepare you for the ‘Rum Funk’.

How to enjoy:

A pleasure rum, ideal to be tasted on its own as a great introduction to complex rums or combine it in lively cocktails such as a Mai Tai.

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About Pierre Ferrand Cognac

The estate of Cognac Pierre Ferrand is located directly in the ‘golden triangle’ of the Grande Champagne region of Cognac and is owned and run by Alexandre Gabriel. Specializing in old and very old cognacs, Pierre Ferrand is only bottled and shipped to order. They have also developed some unique production techniques of their own that are used in the aging and distillation process and have introduced innovative ways of collaborating with smaller scale producers. Both the vineyards and company headquarters are located in the 18th century Château de Bonbonnet at Ars, just 10 kms from the town center of Cognac itself.

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