There’s a lot to love about rum. Taste, style and craftmanship all play an important part in defining this versatile spirit and to kick off The Rum Ration’s first review, I’m going to put the spotlight on a rum made in my home city of Manchester.
Introducing Diablesse Caribbean rum, a smoky firecracker of a drink that’s blended with some of the finest rums of the Caribbean.
Founded by independent Manchester business, Farman & Son, the Diablesse brand is inspired by the legend of La Diablesse from Caribbean folklore. As the story goes, La Diablesse is a beautiful seductress shrouded in mystery and danger.
Her looks are so enchanting that she’s able to tempt men away from their homes. But once alone with her prey, La Diablesse reveals her true demonic nature and the men are never heard from again. The only way to see through her mortal guise is to check for the cloven hooves that she hides beneath her veiled skirts. Caution is advised after sinking a few pints.
And like the temptress of folklore, Diablesse rum draws you in with the image of a mysterious woman hiding beneath a golden fan. Her expression is mischievous, hinting at an experience you’ll never forget.
Diablesse Caribbean rum is blended with aged rum from three of the greatest distillers in the world. It’s blended with 8-year-old Barbados rum from Foursquare Distillery, 2-year-old Guyanese Demerara rum from Diamond Distillery and 4-year-old Jamaican rum from Worthy Park Estate.
Matured in charred American Oak bourbon casks, Diablesse’s signature offering is free from added sugar and adulteration. It has a beautiful amber colour that contrasts well with the logo.
A treacly, honey aroma comes from the bottle as soon as the top is popped. Butterscotch, cinnamon and burnt caramel crackle on the tongue and there’s an unmistakable whiskyesque quality that makes the golden rum easy to drink.
It’s a fine sipping rum that can be enjoyed neat and because I liked it so much I had another glass with coke to see if it made a difference to the taste. The smoothness of the rum cuts through the coke, creating an underlying smoky quality that builds in the back of the throat.
Sessionable, smooth and sweet, Diablesse golden rum is as seductive as the lady it’s named for.
Origin: Barbados, Guyana and Jamaica
Nose: Honey, chocolate, vanilla, banana
Mouthfeel: Cinnamon, caramel, butterscotch, chili pepper