Borgoe Reserve Collection Aged 12 Years

Borgoe Reserve Collection Aged 12 Years Rum review by the fat rum pirateBorgoe Reserve Collection Aged 12 Years. Suriname is perhaps not the first place you might think about being a rum producer. To be perfectly honest thoughts by me about Suriname in my lifetime have been fairly brief. The only real thing I know about Suriname is that it is a former Dutch Colony and several notable players for the Netherlands football team were born there such as Edgar Davids, Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink and Clarence Seedorf.

The national language in place is still largely Dutch and the company behind the Borgoe rum brand are called Sabrum N.V. (N.V. is an acronym for the Dutch phrase “Naamloze Vennootschap.” Appearing after a firm’s name, it connotes incorporation means that the entity is the equivalent of a limited liability public company, with shares that trade on open markets.

If you visit the Sabrum NV website you will see the first language is Dutch though it translates nicely into English. Suriname is bordered by Guyana and French Guiana as well as Brasil. So perhaps it being a rum producing nation is not such a surprise now. In addition to this it is classed as a Caribbean country and is part of CARICOM.

This has been a real lesson for me…….So let’s find out a little more about Borgoe’s rum credentials. So far they seem pretty legit.

Borgoe Reserve Blend Aged 12 Years is part of a collection of three “premium” rums introduced in 2016 to celebrate 50 year since the incorporation of Sabrum NV. Borgoe is produced at the same facility which produced the rather infamous (and for me as yet untried) Marienburg Overproof Rum which clocks in at a whacking 90% ABV.

This is a slightly different proposition. It is a 12 Year Old aged rum. There is no mention of any Solera or any blends with younger rums etc. So I am assuming the youngest rum or all of the rum in this blend is 12 years old. It will be judged on that basis.

Information on the company website is a bit thin on the ground – the rum is a bend of  rums aged in oak barrels. There is a little information noting that Borgoe rums are produced on a Kettle Copper Pot Still and that the oak barrels the rum is aged in are assembled on site at their “Rumhuis”. Which is interesting though I’m naturally cautious about such claims without a bit more detail. I’ve read up on this elsewhere on the internet.Borgoe Reserve Collection Aged 12 Years Rum review by the fat rum pirate

Presentation wise this 12 year old is quite new to the line up. So I can find few photos of it online unlike the other expressions. The bottle design is modern and “Premium” to many people the short neck and bottle shape will convince many of the contents. As will the presentation box and the chunky cork stopper. It looks the part. When you can find it available in Europe (I’ve never noticed this bottling in the UK) it costs around €55-60 euros.

Hydrometer reading – clean 40% ABV

The nose is pretty honest – light, nice notes of vanilla, touch of oak and gives the nose a reasonable tickle at 40% ABV. It’s not huge or massively complex but it smells like it’s a decent aged spirit.

Though perhaps not a Pot Still rum certainly not 100% Pot Still. As far as I understand Borgoe have a column and a pot still. I think this is at the very most a blend of pot and column. The main component for me definitely seems column though.

It’s sweet with notes of peanut, cashew and some hints of lightly stewed apples and some slight hints of marzipan. Further nosing reveals a good hit of oak and nice bit of barrel char. Some toffee and light fudge float in and out of the mix.

Sipped it’s a touch on the bitter side with a fair amount of barrel char and some zesty lemon and lime, notes giving it a further fruity acidity. The mid palate reveals some fruits – touch of raisin and some red grapes. It’s not a particularly long mid palate though.Borgoe Reserve Collection Aged 12 Years Rum review by the fat rum pirate

In fact this is a pretty “short” rum overall. What is there is quite pleasant and reasonably rummy. Unfortunately it’s fairly short the finish is woody with a slighty perfumed note but it only really leaves behind a very mild and slightly bitter burn.

For a 12 Year Old rum this lacks a lot of clarity and development. It starts off okay but it just cuts out half way through. It offers little real complexity beyond the initial entry. I had little expectations of this one. Though in fairness once I did a bit research, I was left expecting something better than a confected fake age statement branded rum. Which I got but at the end of the day it’s still pretty damned average.











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