Richland Single Estate Old South Georgia Rum Review - The Bottle Shop Store Pick
Deliciously sweet, but bold enough to kick you in the mouth.
Distillery: Richland Distilling Company
If you've never heard of Richland Rum, do yourself a favor and check them out. https://www.richlandrum.com/the-richland-experience/. They're a "single estate" rum distiller located right here in Georgia. Single estate in this case means every aspect of the production is done on site, right down to the growing of the sugar cane.
The nose is like walking into a candy store, a real one where they make pralines and fudge and all sorts of confectionery goodies. I get butterscotch, concentrated notes of vanilla and caramel, along with a little banana. It smells sweet enough to pour over pancakes. I'm ready to dive in.
There's a great, syrupy mouth feel here. It coats everything quickly and evenly, activating taste buds all over and all at once. At about 102 proof, this has some kick, but the sweetness keeps it smooth and easy to sip. Caramelized sugar is abundant and the star of the show. Where I found vanilla on the nose, I get almond and amaretto notes here. The banana from the nose hangs around but is more muted. There's also a bit of a fennel or licorice undertone that was unexpected but fits in quite nicely. Tying everything together is the underlying oak.
This has a medium to long finish. The finish is reminiscent of a good bourbon finish, with plenty of spice, a healthy dose of oak and vanilla and caramel all around.
This rum is bold, with great depth of flavor. It's sweet, yet spicy at the same time. It's decadent enough to be sipped as a dessert, but one with plenty of kick. In some ways, it has the character of bourbon (which I love), but it's unmistakable as a rum. I don’t expect this bottle to last for long on my bar. Coming from a bourbon drinker, this is one of the best rums I've ever had. If you like rum at all, or even if you’re a whiskey drinker looking to broaden your horizons a bit, you owe it to yourself to try this bottle.
This is a general guide of what I consider each score range
4.75 - 5.00: Phenomenal. Hard to imagine anything better. Acquire at any cost.
4.25 - 4.50: Excellent. I'll camp out to get a bottle if necessary.
3.75 - 4.00: Great stuff. I'll buy backups if not too expensive.
3.25 - 3.50: Good stuff. Try to keep one on the bar, but don't spend too much.
2.75 - 3.00: Not bad. I don't regret the purchase but may not buy another.
2.25 - 2.50: Sub-par. I regret the purchase. Reserved for mixed drinks.
1.75 - 2.00: Bad. I'll struggle to finish the bottle. May not want it in cocktails.
0.00 - 1.50: Drain-pour. Something seems wrong with it. Get it awa