That Boutique-y Rum Company O Reizinho Distillery Aged 3 Years

That Boutique-y Rum Company O Reizinho Distillery Aged 3 Years rum review by the fat rum pirateThat Boutique-y Rum Company O Reizinho Distillery Aged 3 Years. This is the second bottling from That Boutique-y Rum Company to hail from the O Reizinho Distillery on the Portuguese Island of Madeira. Which is of course the birthplace of the world famous sporting star Moises Henriques.

Maybe there is someone else a little more famous than him, some footballer or something.

O Reizinho Distillery is little known outside of Madeira. Even in the capital of Funchal I cannot recall seeing any of the O Reizinho branded rums, that I have noticed appear online recently.

Portuguese Rhum Agricole or Agricola da Madeira is certainly on the rise. It first came to my attention a couple of years ago at London Rumfest when the William Hinton brand were exhibiting.

That Boutique-y Rum Company O Reizinho Distillery Aged 3 Years is a batch of 1,936 50cl bottles. The rhum has been bottled at 52.6% ABV. The eagle eyed among you may notice that “The Olive King” on the front of the striking label is a bit older than on the Unaged bottle. This has after all been aged for 3 years. It has been aged in ex-Madeira wine casks. It is casked at 50% ABV but due to Madeira’s climate they lose more water than alcohol from the distillate so the ABV increases rather than decreases. The rum is very lightly filtered and no additives or colourings have been used post production.

You can pick up a bottle of this at Master of Malt for what I think is a more than reasonable £42.95.

In the glass we have a dark brown spirit with yellow tinges around the edges. The nose is much more developed and “mature” compared to the Unaged White O Reizinho also released by That Boutique-y Rum Company.

The funky notes of the Unaged Batch 1 have been replaced with rich warming notes of fortified wine. Sherry, especially and a splash of Port. Blackcurrants, plump raisins and prunes mingle alongside smoky tobacco notes and dark treacle.

Further nosing reveals a slightly funky edge with notes of burnt banana and green olives. Salty and rich but not as pronounced as they were in the Unaged rhum.

Sipped it is initially a very fiery spirit with lots of chilli powder and salty seaweed like notes. Dark chocolate and some tart gooseberries. Further sips reveal an almost savoury note of leeks and crispy seaweed from the Chinese Takeaway (Dried cabbage as far as I am aware).

As an Agricole style rhum this is quite sweet, with some nice vegetal notes. It has a good balance similar in many respects to something like Rhum JM XO. It’s very definitely an agricole but it lends itself in many ways to a molasses style rum.

Further sips reveal more of the fruity notes of Port and Sherry. There is a very definite smokiness to this rum, which adds an extra layer of complexity.That Boutique-y Rum Company O Reizinho Distillery Aged 3 Years rum review by the fat rum pirate

Finish wise the rum is pretty short in that respect. It is quite intense on the palate and the mid palate is fairly substantial but the finish does fade pretty quickly. You aren’t left with a lot of flavour.

That said for a 3 year old rhum this is a very interesting sip. From memory it has more balance than some of the Madeira Agricole, I have tried in the past. It has a Madeira influence but it doesn’t dominate the spirit.

It is easy to forget that is just a 3 year old rhum.

Much better for me than the Unaged Batch 1

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