Review: Ten To One Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish

Review: Ten To One Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish

Ten To One is back with its latest blend of Caribbean rums, this one its first cask-finished buttling. The first in an ongoing “Cask Select” series, and exclusive to Flaviar, this Oloroso Sherry Cask finish begins with a collection of rums sourced from Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, and Trinidad, before finishing in ex-oloroso sherry barrels. No aging information available on this bottling.

First of all, there’s a ton of inclusions in this bottling: Not barrel sediment but so-called flocculation, which is more extreme here than in any other spirit I’ve encountered in recent memory. I’m all for nonfiltered products, but this is so crazy it looks like a bottle full of Sea Monkeys.

Putting that aside, the rum is extremely aromatic — to the point where you could easily confuse this with a spiced rum. Massive with notes of allspice, cloves, and nutmeg, it begins your trip down the Spice Road before folding in notes of flamed orange peel, licorice, and punchy gunpowder. A mild coffee character rounds things out. On the palate the same punch of spice dominates, followed by a big rush of sherry-driven orange peel, oxidized and flambeed. A heavy load of sweet molasses provides a sweet respite from all the spice, leading to a finish that returns to that coffee character along with some chocolate.

This is a powerhouse rum, which makes for a decidedly non-versatile experience. Any mixing in cocktails will find them quickly overwhelmed by the rum, for better or worse, though it may work nicely as a float. The better move: You might as well sub it in for Captain Morgan in tall drinks.

86 proof.


Ten To One Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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