Trouvadore

Trouvadore on Beach-OK-USE

Product of:  Turks & Caicos
Aged:  15 Years
Price: $31.99 (SRP)
Alcohol: 35% ABV
Context: Premium Aged Rum
RG Rating:  8.5

Tasting Notes 
Extremely Smooth.  Trouvadore’s honey gold color is brighter than you’d expect from a rum that spent 15 years in oak.  But let it out of the bottle, and in your glass, suggestive legs form slowly, run long, and drip even more slowly down the sides.  The aromas reveal a substantial, almost oily texture in your nose, with vanilla, caramel, tropical fruit (banana, mango, rum soaked raisins), butter-rich pastry, honey and baking spices.  The initial taste confirms what your nose sensed.  It’s sweet with caramel but dry and not cloying, the medium weight body delivering more oaky vanilla and pastry, with a consummate finish that lingers for considerable time before tapering away.

Sign at Grand Turk Lighthouse-OK

Anecdotes 
Sourced from aged rum stocks distilled in Trinidad, but blended and bottled in Turks and Caicos, Trouvadore is the highest end rum produced on the Turks and Caicos Islands.  It’s younger sibling is the fine eight year aged Bambarra Reserve.  Both are the brainchild of Bob Davies (The Rumelier), who shows us how an individual can get the most out of an already finely pedigreed base rum to create a uniquely flavorful, full bodied delicacy.  Mr. Davies worked for months with the distiller to arrive at the flavor profile he was seeking, and then experimented with a variety of water sources before he was satisfied that Trouvadore lived up to it’s name.  

Trouvadore was a two masted sailing vessel hauling African slaves to Cuba in the mid-19the Century. The human cargo escaped more than one disastrous fate, ultimately becoming free men and the progenitors of most of the citizens of Turks island.  Raise your first glass of Trouvadore in a toast to their hard won freedom.  

Opinion 
You’ll have to travel to the Turks & Caicos Islands to taste Trouvadore 15 Year Old Rum – it’s sold nowhere else.  {Yeah, like that’s tough duty.)  The beautiful islands and their pristine aqua waters should be sufficient attraction. Need more motivation?  Consider this:  Trouvadore is succulent, seductive, and sublime – it’s like the islands in a bottle.

Reviewed: June 2012 at the Rum Gallery, USA.

© Dave Russell 2017