Hamilton St Lucian 7 Year Rum
Ed Hamilton is a modern pioneer of rum, a man who single handedly discovered and brought countless Caribbean rums to the US market.
The molasses used at Demerara Distillers Ltd comes from Guyana and contained 65% dissolved sugar, one of the highest sugar contents of any molasses found in the Caribbean. The high sugar content is attributed to the age of the Guyanese sugar mill.
Demerara Distillers Ltd. utilizes a variety of column and pot stills the company acquired through acquisitions over the past 300 years. Among the unique stills are a wooden pot and a wooden column still that distill the heavier rums while copper and stainless column stills are used to make lighter rums.
NOSE: The fresh, earthy, and slightly phenolic aromas are attenuated by charred oak and a host of fruits: banana, lemon and orange
PALATE: The rum enters with a kick of heat and spice: there is cinnamon, black pepper, and a bit of white pepper. Banana, lemon, some bitter orange and now a hint of pear and kiwi
FINISH: The finish is fairly long—the fruit quickly losing out to big notes of cinnamon and pepper, supported by an earthy base of leather and tobacco.