By: Neal Fischer
K&L Staff Member
Well this is a funky little number. Hailing from a tiny volcanic island off of Madagascar, Savanna Distillery makes several styles of rum and is one of the few producers in the world that uses both raw can sugar and molasses depending on the flavor profile they're looking for in their spirits. The distillery is primarily known for bold agricole style rums, and they make spirits that are anything but typical. So even if you are a rum aficionado, this is one to check out and alter perceptions. This rum is herbaceous and downright medicinal. I pick up aromas of grass, wildflowers, and forest floor rancio amidst more astringent notes of Bandaid-like phenols (heads up to all the folks that like iodine-smelling Islay Scotches!). Digging through these scents, I finally get some caramel tones along with electric red Maraschino cherries and subtle hints of more tropical fruits. The flavors here are uncompromising and it's one of the driest rums I've ever had the pleasure of running across. Not for the faint of heart, this rum is as tasty as it is perplexing. It'll keep you scratching your head and reaching for another glass.