Review: Leatherback Special Reserve Canadian Rum (North of 7 Distillery) / by Jason Hambrey

Image copyright by North of 7 Distillery. Used with Permission.

Image copyright by North of 7 Distillery. Used with Permission.

ABV
57%
Aging
2.5 Years; Virgin Oak
Recipe
From Molasses
Distiller North Of 7 (Ottawa, Ontario)

An Ottawa rum, and a decent one at that - again. Cask Strength Rum is terrific - like Cask Strength Bourbon, the sweetness balances the heat, and it is fabulous to mix and to sip. This is terrific, and an unexplored category - if you are in Ottawa, go visit North of 7 and try a bit of this and buy a bottle. I love the stuff...a single cask, uncut, unfiltered, selected for taste - and $55.


Review (2017)

  • Batch: 12
  • Bottling Code: N/A
  • Bottling Date: 2017

The nose is full of dark, rich, dry old spices, dried stone fruit, rich (very rich) molasses, fresh orange juice, palm sugar, juniper, grapefruit zest, and green peppercorns. The palate is rich, full of oak, molasses, and spices (notably cumin). Fades to strawberry jam, cedar, black pepper, molasses, lavender, rosemary, clove, wormwood, orange peel, and bitter oak. Also brilliant spice reminiscent of old armagnac. It is brilliant! My pick, unquestionably, for the best product of the distillery. Definitely worth a buy!

Score: 87/100

Value: 81/100 (based on $55)


Review (2017)

  • Batch: 13 (Barrel 21)
  • Bottling Code: None
  • Bottling Date: 2017

Medicinal aromas, loads of molasses and brown sugar, coconut, cinnamon – but a nice, smoky, bacon-like aroma which I didn’t catch last time. Similar in profile to above, and remaining big and spicy with a nice coconut and light medicinal character. I love it. Finish lingers, with all the molasses, spice, and medicinal notes. Very similar to above, if not a touch better (the smokiness is nice!).

Score: 87/100

Value: 81/100 (based on $55)