Relicario bottles vermouth cask-finished rum

by Owen Bellwood

Spanish drinks group Beveland Distillers has added a rum finished in ex-vermouth casks to its Ron Relicario range.

Ron Relicario Vermouth Finish has been made using Relicario Superior rum, which is aged for between five and 10 years in the Dominican Republic. The rum then underwent a second period of maturation in Mancino Vermouth Vecchio casks for six months. Mancino Vermouth Vecchio is made using a blend of 38 botanicals, as well as a fortified Trebbiano wine. During its production, the vermouth is aged in oak barrels for 12 months. Bottled at 40% ABV, the vermouth cask is said to impart ‘botanical nuances such as wormwood, gentian root, rhubarb, chamomile and flashes of citrus’. The rum also has notes of sugar cane juice and vanilla from its original ageing process. The release of Relicario Vermouth Finish is said to follow the current trend of finished rums, according to Beveland Distillers. Relicario Vermouth Finish can be enjoyed on its own or in cocktails, such as a Rum Manhattan – made with Relicario Vermouth Finish, Mancino Vermouth Vecchio and Angostura bitters. The new rum is priced at RRP €34 (US$41). The new rum is the latest expression to join the Ron Relicario range, which also includes Relicario Superior, Relicario Supremo and Relicario Peated Finish. Beveland Distillers also recently expanded its rum range with the launch of Doble 9 and Caracas Club.