Review: King's Lock Smuggler's Gold Rum / by Jason Hambrey

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Distiller King's Lock (Prescott, ON)

This is an older version of the King's Lock Moonshine.

Review (2018)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2017

Definitely more oak (or bourbon?) than the standard 100 islands. It actually comes off with more bourbon than rum characteristics on the nose. The cask characteristic has become a much bigger part of the whole here. Still biscuity, with light fruit highlights underneath on the nose – but toffee, light smoke, and caramel are added in. Light oak, toffee, and a tannic structure is provided from the oak – leading to a palate which is dry, with some wood-smoke and light oak too. The finish comes on with the rum, with light molasses, sweetness, and the berry fruitiness typical in many rums.  Light spice and smoke on the finish.

I’m not actually sure if I like it more than the moonshine. It’s different – more oak and smoke – and more mature – but also a bit less balanced, which I expect will be fixed with more age. Quite light, and a bit unclear on vision – the cask is a bit too dominant for the spirit. I would have matured it in a re-used rum cask to develop cask character and preserve the delicateness of the spirit.

Value: Low. As with most micro-distilled products, it’s hard for this to compete with the big producers.