Dead Reckoning Rum - 'HMS Antelope' 700ml
The Antelope Immediately jumps out the glass with a mix of sweet, rich plums and dark cherries. Sweetness turns slightly spicy with a whack of soft licorice anise and gentle ginger. This rests on a suble honeycomb backing that is neither too sweet or cloying, simply adding structure to an already interesting nose.
The nose is thick and cakey, as the ABV starts to show itself so too does the tropical fruit funk of the Jamaican start open up. Pineapple skin, papaya and green apple skin present as much fresher tropical notes than the more usual overfermented stew of pineapple, mango & bananas many straight Jamaican rums have.
Thick and viscous on the palate, it retains a great amount of fresh tropical fruit, stonefruit also presents itself via apricots and orange melons, intertwined with dark berries and plums.
As the palate evolves, so too does the fruit, turning darker and spicier as it lingers longer. This is certainly remininsant of great navy rums of old, as it decends into true dark molasses, pimento, ginger and anise.
A long finish of blackcurrants and spices, I would recommend drinking this at its bottled 55%, water doesn't do this true navy rum justice.