The wife won some contest at work and so last night we found ourselves in a Limo headed toward one of the fanciest restuarants in the Baltimore area, Peerce's Plantation. I took along my bottle of Havana Reserve and a RASS for the the ride down.
Well, it turns out I couldn't smoke in the Limo so the bottle got my full attention. Because Rum casks from Sancti Spiritus in Cuba are used in the making of this, it isn't allowed to be imported to the US. Also, the name has been changed to Gran Reserva although that still won't get it into this country.
The nose is one of the richest you'll find with malt, chocolate, oranges and a hint of toffee. Tasting confirms the chocolate and a bit of vanilla sweetness balanced with aged malt. The rum finish blends seemlessly with the malt and doesn't stand in front as you might think.
Iain Banks in Raw Spirit said, '"Utterly Assured whisky making of the first order" and also called it "The Perfect Dram." While I won't go that far, it is very, very good and well worth seeking out. If you are interested, email or PM me and I'll point you in the right direction to get some of your own.
Edited by AVB, 17 December 2006 - 06:39 PM.