Legacy by Angostura

Angostura Box

How would you celebrate your 50th birthday? Perhaps with a big party with all your friends and family? Perhaps by cracking open that special bottle you’ve saved for a special occasion? Or perhaps you’d want a bespoke rum created in your honour. That’s what Angostura have done to celebrate Trinidad’s 50th anniversary of independence from the British Empire. Legacy by Angostura arrived in the UK a couple of weeks ago and it’s more than just a liquid, it’s a cacophony of incredible figures. For a start, seven of Angostura’s rarest and most valuable rums, with a minimum age of 17 years old, have been blended together to produce an extremely unique liquid. Only twenty 50cl decanters have been produced with each decanter costing $25,000. Yes, you read that right, twenty five thousand dollars. Fuck me sideways and call me Shirley. The world’s most expensive rum. For twenty five grand I’ve have thought they could at least stretch to 70cl decanters but seeing as it’s quite unlikely I’ll purchase one I probably shouldn’t grumble about that too much.

Angostura’s master distiller John Georges.

Each crystal decanter is individually handmade by ten separate craftsmen from Asprey of London, who are jewellers to the Prince of Wales. The decanter itself is crowned by a sterling silver finial of a butterfly on sugar cane-in-arrow and is presented in a handmade wooden box lined with silk and red calf leather. Unashamedly opulent and utterly lavish, this is indeed something quite remarkable. I was lucky enough to go along to the UK launch at The Balmoral Hotel a couple of weeks ago to taste this rum alongside the man who created it; Angostura’s master distiller John Georges. John, aside from being one of the most laid back, approachable and passionate guys I’ve ever met, has worked for Angostura for over 30 years and gave us a real insight into the blending of these rums, describing Legacy as “the ultimate expression of Angostura rum. We set out to create the greatest sipping rum ever produced and we believe we have achieved something that is both unique and unparalleled.” Strong words indeed.

Legacy by Angostura
Trinidadian Rum
20 bottles only
$25,000 from here

Nose: Lots of rich fruits and spices; figs, dates, raisins, sultana cake, spiced malt loaf, cloves and cinnamon sticks. Then some cocoa and burnt orange peel which is lifted by vanilla. The wood then comes through, really dark polished oak. Great depth along with the sweetness.

Palate: Lots of dried fruits, the raisins and sultanas are back along with some dried apricots and bananas. Then a real orangey note pushes through – much like an orange liqueur chocolate. Oodles of toffee and shortbread too.

Finish: It lingers around for a while as the oak develops. A creaminess also pervades with some vanilla and orange oil.

Overall: Well let’s be honest, it was never going to be horrible, was it? A tremendous rum and something I will undoubtedly never taste again. Although, if you have a spare bit of disposable income burning a hole in your pocket but can’t quite stretch to $25,000, then you can buy a shot of this rum at Salvatore’s bar at the Playboy club in London for a mere £4,000.

Make mine a double.



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