Wood’s has been around since 1887.
Demerara rums (from Guyana) were always a part of the blend, containing rum from at least one of the wooden heritage stills, usually the Port Mourant, so I can see how Wood’s will have that similar profile.
Made from blackstrap molasses (which sounds a bit markety), it’s a blend of 3 different rums, one of them coming from the Versailles single wooden pot still – The rums are brought to Scotland where they are aged up to 3 years in ex-Bourbon casks. Bottled at 57% ABV.
On the nose feels earthy. Dark chocolate, chilli powder, dusty cardboard and molasses. Black olives and liquorice. Canned plums, blackcurrant cordial and stout. Dark and rich profile.
On the palate there’s ground coffee, toffee, caramel and cocoa nibs. Liquorice of course, Coca-Cola, walnuts, English Breakfast tea, raisins, leather, black pepper and cloves. There’s a slight saltiness to it as well.
The finish is medium with fresh coffee, cayenne pepper and ethanol.