The Bar 1802 of the Monte Cristo Hotel in Paris is no stranger to collaborations. The latest is with Mhoba, which presented us with a preview a few weeks ago of three new products of three new blends created by Morgan Ricci.
The first is “Dantès” from Nicaragua, a “brut de fût” that spent 14 years (the number of years Edmond Dantès spent in prison in Alexandre Dumas’ Count of Monte Cristo after being denounced as a Bonapartist spy) in bourbon barrels in a tropical climate, followed by three years in a continental climate. A molasses rum distilled in columns with a 62% ABV content, it will surprise many.
Let’s continue the journey with “Simbad” (one of the many pseudonyms of the “Count of Monte Cristo”) which transports us to Barbados and more particularly to Foursquare. It is a blend of rums distilled in columns (25%) and in pot stills (75%), a “brut de fût” aged for 10 years in the tropics and one year in France, it is also 62% ABV. The Foursquare markers are present, while distinguishing it from the distillery’s “traditional” rums.
The saga ends, for the moment, in Jamaica, with the ‘Wilmore’ (Lord Wilmore in Alexandre Dumas’ novel). A 14 year old rum from Clarendon, distilled in pot still. Aged for 11 years in a tropical climate and three years in a continental climate, always in bourbon barrels, it is 63% ABV.