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Valinch & Mallet Diamond Skeldon (Bourbon Cask) SWR 2001 20yr 50,7%

RX13911 Very good Single Cask 242 bottles Under 250€
“Elegantly complex with a fruity twist; an intriguing, smooth sip.”

The Skeldon (Bourbon Cask) SWR is an exquisite 20-year-old rum produced in Guyana at the Diamond distillery, selected and bottled by independent bottler Valinch & Mallet. Distilled in 2001 from Molasses, this rare, cask strength rum boasts an ABV of 50.7% and is limited to a release of only 242 bottles. Users appreciate its elegant nose, which reveals notes of dried fruit, woody, caramel, leather, and burnt sugar aromas. The taste profile consists of woody, dried fruit, burnt sugar, roasted, and orange flavors. The rum has received positive reviews for its complex and unique flavors, with some comparing it to a Jamaican fruity ester. Overall, this sumptuous and rare Skeldon rum offers a distinct, intriguing experience for those who appreciate an extraordinary spirit.

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How does this rum taste?

A peculiar Skeldon expression; its unusual fruity, ester-like profile with hints of marzipan, prunes, and a smokey undercurrent divides opinion. Despite elegant notes, some find it lacks Skeldon's typical intensity, feeling thin and muted, with a remarkably smooth alcoholic integration.

Most frequently mentioned flavors


Dried fruit Woody Caramel Leather Barrel Burnt sugar


Burnt sugar Woody Dried fruit Roasted Licorice Orange


Woody Coffee Burnt sugar Tannins Roasted Raisin

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“Again in the glass. Along with the SVL. it is a SWR, but a weirdo.Tasted along with the two SBS SWRs. Would never have mistaken this blind for an SWR. The signature nose with cappuccino and caramel is hard to find, above that is an artificial fruity ester layer reminiscent of the SBS SVL 2003 or maybe a low ester Jamaican with a cognac finish. This fat layer covers up a lot and leaves little air for other nuances. In the mouth, the sour esters continue. The alcohol integration is also quite different, probably because of the acidity. I'm really not sure this is an SWR and not more of an SV(L). Will have to taste this again against SVL. I'm confused. The rating is with a strong caveat. Need to taste this one a few more times.”


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“Kind of weird. On the nose come scents reminiscent of freshly opened pickled cabbage. It is not bad but unexpectedly different. Basically harmonious. Falls in comparison to others of the same vintage and mark but for me strongly.”

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“Akin to the KD this one is an oddball out of the 2001 batch. There is a distinct smokiness on the nose. The fruit notes have a somewhat chemical/artificial twist. It somewhat reminds me of Jamaican fruity esters..? 🤔 While this is more harsh on the alcoholic side versus the other casks, it feels comparabley thin on the palate. There is just less to discover and complexity overall. I guess this is not really a bad release, but just significantly behind other 2001 SWR bottlings, strangely.”


Dried fruit Woody Barrel Leather Tobacco

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233 €
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About the Diamond distillery

The Diamond distillery is located in Guyana. Rums from Diamond have been reviewed 2,989 times with an average of 8.3/10.

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