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Clarendon Rum Sponge No. 20 (RX15606)

Introducing the exquisite Rum Sponge No. 20, a limited-edition Jamaican gem crafted at the renowned Clarendon distillery and bottled by the distinguished Decadent Drinks LTD. This 25-year-old masterpiece boasts a captivating 63% ABV, offering a full-bodied flavor experience that rum enthusiasts around the world are raving about. This molasses-based rum, distilled in a Pot Still and tropically aged for an impressive 25 years, exhibits enchanting aromas of tropical fruits, including mango and pineapple, beautifully intertwined with powerful notes of adhesive such as Uhu and Pattex. If that's not enticing enough, you'll also discover hints of dark chocolate, cedarwood, and warm coconut fat, complemented by delicate floral accents like lavender. The palate of Rum Sponge No. 20 reveals an intriguing combination of heavy sweetness, rich chocolate bitterness, and the unmistakable Jamaican tartness from the tropical fruits. Expertly balanced, this rum showcases seamless integration of wood and alcohol and is favored over many modern Jamaican rums by aficionados. With a seemingly endless, perfectly harmonized finish, this rare Jamaican treasure is a must-try for any rum connoisseur. Don't miss your chance to indulge in the outstanding Rum Sponge No. 20 and relish a true taste of the Caribbean.

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The flavor profile of Rum Sponge No. 20 is based on 12 user reviews. We have compiled and summarized the community's tasting notes for you, to give you an impression of the aroma and taste of the rum.

Nosing impressions

Papaya Glue Mango Pineapple Woody Lavender Unknown Cedar Almond Balanced

Taste impressions

Vegetal Woody Leather Vanilla Tropical fruit Balanced Oily


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Already 12 registered users have rated and tested this rum, leaving an average rating of 9.2 out of 10. A total of 12 users have marked this rum as their favorite (9+ points).

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After the Monymusk Velier 1997 For Begnoni, this is the only 1997 Mony on the market so far. Almost completely tropically matured (22 years). With Clarendon / Monymusk is different from Hampden and Long Pond in my experience always: Tropical >>> Continental.On the part I was particularly looking forward! Also find the cubist, Braque-like label very successful! In the nose explodes first the glue! Almost already uitvlugtisch. Uhu, Pattex and tropical fruits, mainly mangos and pineapple, fire from all pipes. Really, really cool. After a while in the glass, light floral notes also come through, lavender first and foremost, which is typical old EMBs for me. But only very lightly. Dark chocolate and cedar notes. Warm coconut oil. But you also find a bit of overcooked strawberry jam and that Guadeloupe incense note you really only find in old Montebellos and Gardels. You have to give the bouquet time though. Fantastic bouquet.On the palate, a fantastic heavy sweetness and chocolate bitterness combine with the fine Jamaica acidity of the tropical fruits to create a wave of flavors that floods the entire mouth. Escape is futile! But in such a thing one drowns very gladly. While some 1995 EMB representatives can easily slip into the too woody, the wood is perfectly integrated here. The same goes for the alcohol. The 63% is hardly noticeable! With 22 years of tropical aging, the finish is naturally eternal. Conclusion: This is in no way inferior to the Velier representative. It's no secret that I'm an absolute Monymusk EMB fan, and prefer tropically aged Monymusks due to their heaviness and fatness, for example, almost all Hampdens when it comes to modern Jamaica rum (caution, subjective matter of taste!). This bottling plays directly times right up in the Jamaica Champions League and gets a whopping 92/100 points. Chapeau to Angus MacRaild for that cask pick!


Mango Papaya Pineapple Glue Lavender
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Tasted in direct comparison with the Fine Spirits Clarendon 23 (RX16023).Blind I could probably not distinguish the two. The FD seems to me a touch funkiger and the Sponge by nuances milder and fruity in the nose.On the palate the same: very great similarity, as well as in the aftertaste. Nice that two excellent 97 Clarendons appear here. The Sponge gets one point less because of the worse P / L ratio and because the FD has a super practical bottle size.

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What a device! This is one of the best I have ever tasted Clarendon. Absolute grenade. Tested against the Fine Drams Clarendon 1997. Not cheap, but an excellent bottling. 91/100

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😍😍 what a killer! Perfect balance between the greediness of the barrel and the tropical fruits! An enchanting nose. On the palate, it's very fruity, we find the slightly fermented fruits typical of Clarendon but without being sickening as it is sometimes the case. I also find the touch of almond. It's super balanced, really great. Another bottle from sponge that is really good! It's becoming usual.


Pineapple Papaya Glue Almond Woody
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Simply beautiful, a masterpiece nose to finish

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What are the specs of this rum?

Rum Sponge
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Pot Still
25 years
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About the Clarendon distillery

The distillery Clarendon is located in Jamaica. Rums from Clarendon have been reviewed 2,310 times with an average of 8.3/10.

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