Rum Review: Real McCoy 3-Year
The Real McCoy 3-Year Rum Review
In our review of The Real McCoy 5-Year, we touched on the brand’s namesake, so we won’t rehash it here. Suffice to say Bill McCoy was a famous Prohibition-era rum runner and was known for selling authentic Barbadian rum.
The 3-Year is bottled at 40% ABV and retails for about $22. (I was lucky enough to receive a sample for review purposes.)
Since writing the 5-Year review, I have had plenty of each expression—especially at the Miami Rum Festival, where the other judges and I were treated to a breakfast with the brand owners and some of the impressive folks steering the Board of Directors.
Like the 5 and 12-Year expressions, the 3-Year is a combination of pot and column rum distilled at the Foursquare Distillery on Barbados under the watchful eye of Richard Seale. It has spent three years in American oak (ex-Bourbon barrels) prior to carbon/limestone filtration, where its color is was removed. There are no additives of any kind here.
In the glass, the liquid is water white, and a swirl of the rum produces a set of slow-moving legs. As I move in for nosing, the wafting ethanol carries with it a host of ripe fruit including banana, raspberry and mango. Beyond the fruit is a bit of creamy vanilla.
As the rum enters, there is a good dose of heat and peppery spice that provides a perfect counterpoint to the fruit. As the heat subsides, the vanilla and cream returns, bringing with it a bit of cocoa. On subsequent sips, my mind allows me to blend the flavors simultaneously, which brings forth images of a rum-spiked raspberry cream smoothie. Pretty delightful stuff.
On to the scores:
- Appearance: 1/1
- Nose: 2/2
- Mouth feel: 1/1
- Taste: 3.25/4
- Aftertaste: 2/2
- Total Score: 9.25/10