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Old 05-13-2008, 03:26 PM   #1
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Default Demerara Single Barrel Rums

When I tasted the Demerara Single Barrel Rums I noticed that they were a departure from the heavy, complex El Dorado profile of other Demerara rums like your flagship Special Reserve 15 year old rum.

I appreciate that the 15 yo is a blend and the single barrel rums are just that 'Single Barrel Rums' so I wonder if Demerara plans to bottle other Single Barrel Rums in the future?
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When I tasted the Demerara Single Barrel Rums I noticed that they were a departure from the heavy, complex El Dorado profile of other Demerara rums like your flagship Special Reserve 15 year old rum.

I appreciate that the 15 yo is a blend and the single barrel rums are just that 'Single Barrel Rums' so I wonder if Demerara plans to bottle other Single Barrel Rums in the future?
We introduced three types of Single Barrel Rum last year and they each demonstrated the characteristics associated with that particular distillation method. We are looking at others in the course of time, but cannot give you a time line at this time.
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I recently bought a bottle of El Dorado Single Barrel "Port Mourant". It is absolutely amazing. I can do no better than to quote directly from the blurb,

"PM was the marque used to identify rums from the distillery attached to the Port Mourant Sugar Factory, founded in 1732 - one of the oldest Estates in the world.

"The original Wooden Pot Still, the only one operational in the world today, continues to be used to produce this single distillate Demerara rum.

"Its age-old wood adds to the distinctive flavour of this heavy-bodied, aromatic rum, which was originally used by the British Royal Navy."

At some point during the 18th century, there were 384 sugar estates in Guyana, each one with its own distillery producing its own rum. The Port Mourant sugar estate is located on the Lower Corentyne, some 60 to 70 miles south-east of Georgetown, although its sugar factory was closed down many years ago, and Port Mourant's sugar cane is now processed at the neighbouring Albion factory.

Every (legal) Guyanese still in existence - including Port Mourant's - is now to be found at the DDL distillery at Diamond, East Bank Demerara, just to the south of Georgetown.
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I recently bought a bottle of El Dorado Single Barrel "Port Mourant". It is absolutely amazing....
Yes! As I posted elsewhere in another thread, I was a late comer to this rum and was lucky to buy 3 bottles of it AND 3 of its two other stablemates. Man, I really love all of the single barrel offerings, the PM #1, closely followed by the other two. I hope more bottles make it to our shores.
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I was wondering, about the wooden pot still. What wood it is actually constructed from, and also, when the still needs repair, is the same type wood always used to repair it? (I have only tasted two rums which claim to be made from a wooden pot still, The Pusser's 15 yr old, and the previously mentioned El Dorado PM. Their is a similarity in taste, although the Pusser's has much less of the 'woody' quality that I taste in the PM.)

In the Pusser's version I swear I taste poplar wood rather than Oak, and in the PM, I taste that same sappy poplar wood, but I swear I also taste Spruce wood, as well as a variety of other sharp tannins. It makes me think the still may have a variety of different wood types used in its construction. (It could be, that repairs to the still using newer wood, may be causing me to believe I taste different wood types when really it is just different ages, or the aging in the barrel afterwards could cause the same affect.)

Also since the Pussers 15 and the ED Port Mourant, each claim to be made from the only production wooden pot still in the world, is the PM still the source of part or all of the Pusser's blend?
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