Wray & Nephew White Overproof rum stands out wherever you put it, whether you’re funking up a Daiquiri, subbing it out for gin in a Kingston Negroni or mixing it into a rum punch. It may be high-proof, but the wallop of the alcohol is matched by a big, potent flavor that holds up in any mixed drink.
Color: Clear—many “white” or “silver” rums are actually aged and then filtered to remove the color (along with much of the flavor), but Wray & Nephew is unaged, never having seen the inside of a barrel on the way from still to bottle.
Nose: Pineapple, overripe banana, light vegetal funk and a hint of brown sugar dominate this fragrant rum. There’s a lot of alcohol, too, but when approached with caution, it won’t singe your nose hairs.
Palate: It’s quite dry and grassy at first, but with successive sips, sweet notes of vanilla, banana, coconut and molasses emerge. At 126 proof, it’s a challenging but rewarding sipper, with a fair amount of alcoholic tingle on the tongue. A little ice or water amplifies the fruity notes and brings forward a little funk, as well.
Finish: Like the palate, it leads off dry and slightly bitter, like a potent coffee or dark chocolate, before fading into lighter notes of fruit and coconut. As befits this monster of a rum, the aftertaste is long and lingering.