One of the latest offering from Mezan is their 2005 Guyana rum. Created using a double wooden pot still rum located at Diamond Distillery in Guyana. This pot still has an interesting history, it was first used at the original Port Mourant Estate that was founded in 1732. Then moved to Uitvlugt Distillery and finally to Diamond. After aging, the rum is lightly filtered and blended to 80 proof.
The Mezan line all come in the same short necked bottle. The front and back labels provide a lot of information about the rum without using heavy handed marketing jargon.
The rum has a light straw color in the bottle and brightens slightly in the glass. Agitating the liquid creates a thin band that slowly thickens and reluctantly releases spindly legs that eventually lead thick beads on the side of the glass.
The aroma of the rum ignites the air with bell peppers, menthol, sweet banana strawberry undertones and a light touch of Clementine.
On the tongue the rum is a swirl of pepper and ginger manifesting in the heat of the rum. As I swirled the rum in my mouth, I discovered notes of banana and lemon, with a bit of oak and mint coming in at the finish.
The citrus and vegetal notes in the profile created a funky combination that married with the heat of the rum reminding me of some aged tequilas.
Since I like tequila this is not a complaint, but more a note of surprise as I have not run into this before. A bit rough and tumble for rums that I generally enjoy sipping neat. I definitely recommend experimenting with this rum in citrus based cocktails. I added a small amount of water to the glass and it brought out the medicinal and mineral notes of the spirit.
For more information about the Mezan rum line, visit www.mezanrum.com.