SAMAROLI SAMBA 2023

SAMAROLI SAMBA 2023

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SAMBA BLENDED RUM
BOTTLED IN SCOTLAND IN 2023

In Brasil, batuque is danced. An ancient ritual performed by African slaves. Also lundù, originally from the Congo; maxise, a kind of tango; capoeira, indeed a martial art; forrò, from the Nordeste region; batucada, percussions only; chamarrita, solo violin of Portuguese origin. Of the more modern, we have bossa nova and lambada. Then there is Samba. A civil rite but also a folk religion stemming from the secrets of candomblè, again an all-African yoruba magic penetrating those endless carnival parades, from Salvador de Bahia to the entire county. Our own Samba is also born of the rules of this wonderful country: contaminate, mix, bring the individual element into perfect fusion with others in order to make it into a native force, a primordial spirit. Here two different barrels have given life to a rum with perfectly balanced symmetry, which in our view is unique. Agricole first of all, made from Brazilian sugar cane, always beyond compare. And perfect distilling, with a not-so-high final alcohol content but delivered as dense, rich and with a higher specific weight. It was enough to add the Scottish climate and the woods in which it was aged to generate an articulated and fascinating whole. This rum displays elegant demeanour in the glass and leaves a wake of flowery fragrances which seem to issue from an ancient liturgy of adoration. It does not attack however, but is able to fade into a magnetic fascination. To the mouth fruit and spices complete the palate with sweet and somewhat greasy tones. A Samba calling us into its Escola which will never let us go…