Edward Teach “Blackbeard”
It was always his thick, long and black beard that gave him his terrifying look. Teach understood the value of appearances and stroke enouhg fear in an opposing crew so they often simply surrendered.
He was in fact very successful. Together with the crew of Benjamin Hornigold he catured and commanded the 40-gun Queen Anne’s Revenge.
Operating around the West Indies andsoutheastern U.S. states he become the most famous pirate captain of all time.
I had thought the golden age of piracy was right today, just ask Bezos, Sundar or Jack Ma… Anyway! Colour: amber. Nose: oh, mashed potatoes with black truffles and olive oil! Then eggplants and smoky coffee, engine grease, candy sugar, a little corn syrup, caramelised onions… With water: tight and green. Someone’s smoked Brussels sprouts and called that ‘rum’. A curious maltiness and more mashed potatoes. And more truffles. Mouth (neat): smashing, bone-dry and ultra-tight, almost Ardbeggian. Sublime smoky coastalness. Terrrrrific. With water: oh wow. Millimetric and vertical, petroly, tarry, wonderful. Finish: long, tarry and rubbery. No escape. Comments: perfect in the tarry style. I think we’ve already mentioned middle-aged Port Ellen, have we not?
Nose: quite industrial, with engine oil, diesel and greasy notes. Also rubbery notes and tobacco. Then it evolves on peppermint and herbal potions, as well as overripe plums and dark honey. Smoked vegetal notes and earthy wood. Mouth: again not an easy one, but quite an explosion. Lots of herbal extracts, charred wood, mint and eucalyptus, ginger and chilli heat. More oily notes, camphor and medicinal hints. Dutch liquorice and enough tar to renew a random highway. More than a dash of Fernet Branca. Very dry, very herbal. Finish: very long, still herbal, tarry and spicy. This is a real pirate rum, totally unscrupulous. The intensity, the tarry notes and herbal extracts blow your socks off. A great statement and a great find. Out of stock, although Distilia also says it’s ‘on request’. Score: 90/100, whiskynotes.be