Esters, responsible for many of the flavours and aromas found in rum, can produce startlingly different effects depending on their makeup and concentration. The same compounds that give us notes of mango and banana in one bottling might bring to mind rotting pineapple, olive brine and petrol in another. This spectrum of flavours – known collectively as funk or hogo – can be challenging initially but quickly becomes enormously compelling.
This session offers a closer look at esters in rum with the industry leaders that know them best. An icon of the rum world, Hampden Estate has been the undisputed home of Jamaican funk since 1753. Foursquare distillery is a newcomer by comparison, having first come online in 1996. However, the Seale family has been in the rum business on Barbados since the 1820s. Under Richard Seale’s direction, the Foursquare name has become synonymous with quality, earning a cult following around the world.
A selection of new and exclusive bottlings will be sampled in this session, until then, rum's the word!