The Real McCoy Rum Tasting

This range had been named after a good looking man Bill McCoy. He was a legendary Prohibition-era smuggler. Bill McCoy used to build yachts at the start of the 20th Century. He was very good at it, but the economy took a bad turn and he had to diversify.

He didn’t really agree with prohibition and in January of 1920, he started rumrunning. He must have been very good at that too, as soon he became public enemy number 1. And he never even broke the law, as he anchored his boat in international waters!

One of the reasons Roy became so famous is that he never adulterated his spirits, unlike the other rumrunners…so people started to call his products, The Real McCoy

Founders Bailey and Jennifer Pryor were producing a documentary on this interesting gentleman rumrunner when they stumbled on a photo of a rum barrel customs stamp that led them to Barbados. None other than Richard Seale of the legendary Barbados distillery, Foursquare, agreed to recreate a similar style of rum and the rest is history.

Bailey won 5 Emmy awards for the documentary. You can watch the movie using the following link:

The Real McCoy 3 yr old – 40%

  • Color: Bright
  • Nose: Spicy, creamy delicate, coconut smooth, a tropical, salty sea breeze, buttercream, fudge and soft toffee
  • Taste: Vanilla cream, fruity, smooth, anise, delicate, sticky, caramel, salty, pepper, white chocolate influenced by coconut rasp
  • Finish: long, sticky and lingering

The Real McCoy 5 yr old – 40%

  • Color: Sweet Amber
  • Nose: Sweet, red fruit overload, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and hints of peaches, vanilla, smooth, salty and far away hints of coconuts and cardamom
  • Taste: Spicy and small needles on the tongue, love it. Bit dry, vanilla, raisins, warm cherry cake, peaches, banana and walnuts in the back
  • Finish: Dry and lip-licking good

The Real McCoy 12 yr old – 40%

  • Color: Dark amber
  • Nose: Coffee beans, toffee, spicy runs into the nose, a bomb of fruity flavours, vanilla and a sweet complexity.
  • Taste: Mello, lovely warm, smooth and a sweet complex with caramel, fudge, a fruit bowl of explosions.
  • Finish: Smooth, a bit dry in the end

The Real McCoy Distiller’s Proof – 46%

  • Color: Nice golden
  • Nose: Apricot, lime, peach, peppers, caramel, nuts, ginger, spicy, maple syrup, caramel and small hints of figs
  • Taste: Very smooth, fresh, brown sugar, squeezed lime, with a wave of saltiness
  • Finish: Tingling and goosebumps

The Real McCoy Limited Edition – 46%

  • Color: Dark amber
  • Nose: Soft, spiciness  coming through, summer flowers, coffee, toffee, pineapples, sweet, salty and hints of a lot of tropical influences and lavender
  • Taste: Fresh, coffee, white chocolate, lavender, sultana’s, lemon, lime, citrus, smooth and an amazing mouthfeel, basil, oranges, mandarin
  • Finish: Smooth, warm and lingering

Bill McCoy

If you are getting curious, find The Real McCoy on Twitter for more thoughts about this tasting. Visit The Real McCoy website or The Floating Rum Shack for more exciting rum.

And the guy on the left? That is the legendary Bill McCoy, the legendary Prohibition-era smuggler.






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