Wine bottles should stand tall and proud, but I’m happiest when my rum bottles sit short and squat. It just seems right that a rum stay true to its maritime heritage by maintaining a low center of gravity and wide footprint so to better brave the rolling seas. Or if ashore, to better survive the accidental bumpings that so often occur in the immediate viscinity of delicious high proof spirits.
Fortuna, Ron Reserva Exclusiva is an eight year aged rum in a classy, lovely squat bottle. The green glass disguises the hue of the rum within, but this is soon remedied by breaking the foil and removing the cork. Upon doing so, the nose is immediately met with a combined sweetness and muskiness – caramel intermingled with subtle vegetation. In the glass, this rum is a light amber much akin to honey in color.
And then, we drink…
Fortuna is remarkably bold right from the first sip. Its musky-sweet scent carries forth into the taste, but so does an unexpected spiciness. Think peppered, candied bananas and you’re on the right track. Even the tiniest sip invigorates, tingling the tongue and throat, fading for a bit, and then followed by a gently growing finish. This is definitely not a rum to be rushed, as every taste is an experience in itself.
Take your time with this one. Enjoy it at a relaxed pace in a comfortable environment where you can give it your due attention and it won’t dissappoint.