Great! My friend really enjoyed every bit of it.
We obviously started with the Plantation Barbados Grand Reserva RX65 with 40% abv. He never had a Rum or spirit with high proof before, so we needed something to warm up. The rum isnt spectacular and was the only Rum my friend wouldnt purchase after our evening. But at the beginning he had no clue, where the travel would lead.
We continued with the Savanna RX300, which was nice due to the Cognac Finish. He enjoyed the depth of the Rum. Even though it becomes quite one-dimensional in comparison to the other Rums at the end of this tasting.
We then went over to the Agricole Rum FRC Martinique RX15397, which left my friend surprised. The nose and the palate didnt match at all and Agricole was definitely something he did not expect nor had tasted before. He couldnt describe the taste and I really felt, he needed more time to dive into Agricoles before deciding if he enjoys that route or not.
After some Water and easy snacks we continued with our Highlights: At first the Foursquare from Sample X RX9951 which was the strongest abv Rum in this setup. Nonetheless my friend loved the Rum immediately and insisted on buying a Bottle of this rum afterwards. Heavy Rum with typical FS-notes, really matchy for cigars, perfect for summer evenings. It was a success.
We ended up the round with the jamaican candidate: Hampden Great House 2021 RX10651. I enjoyed this Rum the most out of this setup, but could feel that my friend needed more experience with this style again. At first the nose was very unpleasant for him but I promised him it would get better after the first sip. And that was the case, by the end of the glass he seemed to enjoy the Hampden. But as with the agricole, he couldnt describe his taste. He liked the rum in general, but I feel more ester would definitely be harmful for his growing interest.
In the end we did really enjoy this trip through different styles and I had to promise him to repeat this session with other Rums and maybe more styles ( Clairin e.g. he has no clue…).
My goal was to show him different styles of rum (Agricole, jamaican, barbadian, Cask-Finish) with affordable bottles (60-100€). Yes I know, some of those bottles are not available, especially not for a beginner. But that was not my point…
My friend owns around 20 (heavily) sweetened Rums, so he is not a complete beginner from scratch to the topic. But he had never before tasted an unsweetened Rum or a Rum with over 45% abv.
The tasting lasted around 4 hours and we had loads of water, some light snacks and a nice summer terrace with the best weather.