Last night (Tuesday December 3), I attended a tasting of Balblair vintages. We tasted five whiskies, 2003, 1997, 1990, 1983 and 1969, prefaced by a glass of Balblair’s base spirit.
The small batch release, which carries an abv of 42.6% and is priced at £32.95 for a 70cl bottle, follows Master of Malt’s Proprietary Barley Spirit Drink and Bathtub Gin, also release under the brand.
Rumbullion is “loosely” based on spiced maritime rums, with the result a “rich, full-bodied spiced rum”.
The recipe is based on a blend of high proof Caribbean rum, Madagascan vanilla, “zesty” orange rind, cinnamon, cloves and a ‘hint’ of cardamom.
According to Master of Malt, each bottle is wrapped in “crinkled brown paper”, featuring an illustration of an “old naval grog tub, bearing the words: ‘The Queen, God Bless Her’”.
The bottle neck is wrapped with twine and each bottle is has been dipped in a black sealing wax.
Rumbullion can be served neat, with a squeeze of fresh lime, or as a long drink with ‘old-fashioned’ cola and ice.