BRISTOL SPIRITS RUM BARBADOS 16 ANNI - ROCKLEY STILL
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In the first half of the 1600’slots of English left their country to establish themselves in the USA or the West Indies. Barbados became one of the principal British colonies in competition with Jamaica for the wealth that came from trafficking slaves, commerce, tobacco and rum. Practically everything that grew was distilled in Barbados, however the sugar cane liquor wasn’t very popular at that time. It was not only thought of as the local (and therefore poor) drink, but the colonists didn’t like the strong flavour. It was known as the Devil killer and Barbados became know as Rumbullion (hubbub, uproar) which is where the name Rum came from. The colonialists from Barbados was the first to try to improve the distillation and eliminate the impurities but not much of this heritage remains today: only three distilleries are operational today and notably at Rockney Still you can find one of the rare Barbados pot stills. the 1906 law (which is no longer applicable) forbade estates to brew and bottle this liquor under their own name. Rockley, as the others, could only distil the raw liquor and it was bottled under the buyers name even if the master distiller had to know the most important characteristics of the estate where the sugar cane was planted and had to guarantee the continuity of the name of the stills. the Roskley distillery was closed a long time ago and the stills were transferred to Blackrock, the headquarters of the West Indian Rum Refinery where we can also find Mount Gay and RF. Seale the only three remaining stills on this islands. However, as in other countries such as Guyana, rum from a particular still is given the name of origin independently of where the still is situated. The old equipment, made from a mix of the three different machines, continues to distil the liquor and gives this rum its characteristic herb smells. Rockely Still 16 year old Distilled in 1962 and bottled by Bristol Spirits in 2002. This rum is aged the last two years in barrels that were used for ageing Sherry Fino. This gives the rum a more rounded flavour and a splendid vanilla scent. Colour fine gold. Bouquet strong and aromatic – medicinal like an Islay whisky. Clean and peppered on the palate. Persistent with a light aftertaste of liquorish and dry sherry aromas.