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22 Nov 2010

Renegade Moneymusk 5yo (Jamaican rum)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * Other spirits

Renegade Rum Company is related to Bruichladdich and brings premium rum to Islay, gives it an extra finish and releases it in gorgeous bottles.  

Moneymusk was one of the oldest plantations in Jamaica. It was recently closed down. This pot-still rum was given an additional 3-month maturation in a Tempranillo Cask from Ribera del Duero.


Renegade Moneymusk 5yo TempranilloMoneymusk 5 yo (46%, Renegade 2009, tempranillo finish, 3960 btl.)

Nose: sweet banana pie. Apricot and tinned lychee. Some marzipan and nougat. Yellow raisins. Nice balance between the grapes and the sugar cane molasses. The tempranillo wine doesn’t overpower the typical Jamaican rum profile, which is nice. Mouth: a little less enjoyable – the grapes and the alcohol kick give it a kind of cheap brandy profile. A pity. Some toffee notes, spiced up with mint and pepper. Finish: short but elegant finish.

A light rum with the wine finish luckily in the background. This doesn’t make me a rum fan, but it’s enjoyable.

Around € 40.

Renegade Moneymusk 5yo (Jamaican rum) Ruben Luyten 2010-11-22

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
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