Bounty (Fiji)

Bounty (Fiji)

Product of:  Fiji
Aged:  2-3 years (estimate)
Price: $20
Alcohol: 58% ABV
Context: Overproof Rum
RG Rating: 9

Tasting Notes
Very Smooth.  Due to a few years of barrel aging, Bounty shows a deep shade of reddish-brown, perhaps with color added.  Get past the color, then prepare your nose for Bounty’s heavy rum bouquet, full of the kind of aromatics associated with pot still distillation.  After the fumes settle down, a more subtle tropical fruitiness and wet leather aromas emerge, then the kind of smells you find in a distillery’s fermenting and aging facilities – heady stuff this Bounty rum.  That’s a fair preamble to the heavy rum flavor you get upon initial taste, with charred wood, sulphur and cigar notes dominant, and only a hint of caramel, all supported by a medium body and a dry, almost too-quick finish

Anecdotes 
South Pacific Distilleries is one of Fiji’s largest facilities, and produces several other notable aged overproof Fiji rums (3, 5, and 10 years old) as well as the popular Seven Tiki spiced rum. 

Note of clarification: Bounty Overproof Rum (58%ABV) is distilled by the South Pacific Distilleries on Fiji.  It is not the same product as Bounty Rum (40% ABV), which is distilled by St. Lucia Distillers in the Caribbean. The two Bounty’s are completely different rums; hemispheres apart you could say.

Opinion
Bounty is a big chewy old British Navy style rum, and those of us who enjoy those heavy, overproof spirits will appreciate its boldness.  Others would be well advised to use Bounty sparingly, for waking up mixed drinks where a full flavored overproof rum is needed to add an edge or depth.  RnD first sampled Bounty while judging at the Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition 2011 hosted at Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco, where it earned a well-deserved Gold Medal award in the Overproof Rum category at this important event.


Reviewed:  September 2011 at Smuggler's Cove, San Francisco during the 2011 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition, and again in November 2011 at the Rum Gallery, USA.


© Dave Russell 2017