Parce is a new brand of rum made in Colombia. Sugar cane is sourced from local plantations as well as Barbados and Trinidad, then processed in country with natural spring water and a proprietary yeast. Fermented and column-distilled, it is aged in used bourbon casks for 12 years before blending and bottling. Bottles are individually hand numbered and dated.
An 8 year old and 3 year old expression, not reviewed here, are also available.
All told, this is an exceptional rum with plenty to recommend it. The nose is aromatic with notes of coffee bean, cinnamon, chocolate, and brown sugar — pretty much all the aromas you’re looking for in an older spirit. Give it time and hints of walnut emerge in the glass. On the palate, it’s sweet but not overly so, a bold body and a notable acidity giving it more to grab onto in the glass. The palate finds much of the same character as the nose, though it’s particularly heavy on the coffee and chocolate notes. On the finish, a light and lively, lingering sweetness — impregnated just so with spice notes — fully engages the senses and commands one to pour another glass.
Very, very well done.
80 proof. Reviewed: Bottle #D12002.