Rum Review: Real McCoy 12-Year
The Real McCoy 12-Year Rum Review
Sitting atop the Real McCoy portfolio is their 12-Year offering. A true 12-Year, the youngest drop in this bottle is at least twelve years old, having been aged in used Bourbon barrels. The Real McCoy 12 is blended from some of Richard Seale’s finest aged stocks at the Foursquare Distillery on Barbados.
The 12-Year bottle is the same as the three and five-year offerings. This one features a black label with gold and white accents. Like the other bottles, it’s topped by a synthetic cork stopper. The ABV is 40%.
In the glass, the rum shows a deep copper color blended with liquid mahogany. A swirl of the snifter produces a thin ring atop the glass from which an evenly spaced set of droplets form before yielding its slow-moving legs.
Moving in for a nosing, the initial aromas are of orange, oak and allspice blended with burnt crème and vanilla—it’s utterly delightful.
As the rum washes over the palate, I’m greeted with a lovely balance of smoky oak, spices (pepper and allspice), and citrus. There is a bit of sweetness, but not the kind that comes from added sugar. The citrus is quickly backed up by some raspberry and banana, then vanilla and caramel. Subsequent sips yield a bit of nuttiness. The long finish continues to provide some heat and ultimately it’s the oaky tannins that linger longest. The Real McCoy 12-Year is a fine example of a complex, mature rum that can hold its own against whiskies twice its age. A bargain at $45.
On to the scores:
- Appearance: 1/1
- Nose: 2/2
- Mouth feel: 1/1
- Taste: 3.5/4
- Aftertaste: 2/2
- Total Score: 9.5/10