Thailand 9 yr. - Raising Glasses "Kinnaree" - 61.6%
Distilled at an undisclosed Thai distillery, this unadulterated rum partially aged in Thailand (5 yrs.) and the UK (4 yrs.), distilled on a column still from molasses. Not often you get the chance to try unsweetened, cask strength Thai rum. Hopefully that changes soon.
Raising Glasses is an independent bottler of rum and whisky out of Massachusetts, focusing primarily on single casks. They provided this sample for review.
Notes: Solid complexity on the nose - brown butter, orange oil, roasted squash, touch of gasoline, patchouli/sandalwood - barrel influence is light and balanced. Structure on the palate is active and handles all the top notes well - wood spice and charred greens. Brown butter at the base but this takes off with incense, spice, and black tea. Finish is long and layers in charred vegetal notes.
Pour This For: Easy crossover for those who enjoy exploring Fijian pot/column blends.
Score: 7 (Highly Recommend) Love how atmospheric this pour is. It reminds me of walking into Michigan, second hand CD music stores in the late-90s - incense burning, blankets hanging in the windows. The high proof and top-note heavy profile is well served by a full and dynamic structure.
10 - Reevaluate The Budget
9 - Stash Two (If Able)
8 - Stash One (At The Right Price)
7 - Highly Recommend It To Strangers
6 - Solid - Above Average
5 - Acceptable For The Situation
4 - Not Vocally Complaining
3 - Anything Else To Drink?
2 - Nothing Nice To Say
1 - Drain Pour