Bacardi 10 year (which I did clobber 2/3 of a bottle of before I allotted 250 ml to analyze), turned out much better than expected. It was a positive for rum oil, but different than previous experiences. In fraction 5, by nosing and then taste, rum oil is surely there, but there was only slight cloudiness instead of a slowly separating easily visible emulsion. I suspect the spirit is volumetricaly light on rum oil, but has achieved a very noble and persistent type.
So many questions get raised. Is this the limits of a continuous still’s ability to make a fine product? Or is it also hindered by fermentative imagination?
I do not know if I would buy another bottle, and I would certainly not become a devotee of their process, but I acknowledge that they achieved something that cannot be scoffed at. Could they have achieved more given their vast resources? Sadly, that is what also comes immediately to mind. The product has poor storytelling and nothing makes me want to root for them.
This is a fine product, but with multiple asterisks. Until they fill in the story, attach a deeply involved public intellectual and show a quest to push the limits of their process, grapple with madness, nearly slip and fall and clearly remember their stumbles, etc., it is not too interesting. Without any drama, the product is a boring lob and attention quickly drifts elsewhere.
A new RTD style thermocouple and heating controller (that will eventually be used for the automation kit) made its debut. Early in the day, I machined an adapter for the thermocouple.
Fraction 4 on the left and fraction 5 on the right displaying a very slight cloudiness.
For some reason, analyzing Bacardi 10 is making me think I should spend the time and take a look at Appleton.
Fraction 1: Everything is where it should be and there is only a slight amount of solventy non-culinary aromas.
Fraction 2: As expected, a less concentrated version of fraction 1.
Fraction 3: Fairly neutral. I almost detect a light amount of fusel oil, but I’m not quite sure.
Fraction 4: Definitely contains fusel oil, but it feels fairly light.
Fraction 5: Visually nearly clear and showing no notable louching or emulsion of rum oil. Does however exhibit definite aroma of rum oil. The category of the rare aroma, I’d say is animalic and quite noble. Concentration and quantity are not great, but there is an undeniable persistence.
Was this character faint at distilling and only accumulated after years of the angels share? Should we be happy with this because it is undeniably there or should we expect more? Do they know it is there? Has anyone experienced it organoleptically like this or do they just know it is there numerically from a print out? Do they know how they compare to competitors?
Fraction 6: Has some aromas that you would think belonged in fraction 5 (that is a compliment!). There are faint traces of animalic funk, possibly still due to rum oil.
Fraction 7: Slightly richer than expected. Hard to describe what I’m calling richness. Almost a creaminess.
Fraction 8: Very light stale kind of barrely aromas, no perceivable acidity. Nothing that seems like it shouldn’t be there.