Jason Fagg with two bottles of the new product from Bundaberg Rum.
Jason Fagg with two bottles of the new product from Bundaberg Rum. Allan Reinikka

Rum fan samples latest Port Barrel

YOU might say that Jason Fagg likes a drop of Bundy.

In fact there are 22 unopened special edition bottles of it in his display cabinet.

And to those he has just added a couple of very special bottles of Bundaberg's latest top-of-the-range offering, Port Barrel.

Jason, a financial controller who lives in Norman Gardens, realised every rum-lover's dream when he was chosen as one of just 30 people across the country to sample and review the new product ahead of its national release.

"I was excited, I don't mind saying.

"I have an unopened bottle of every Bundaberg Rum released since 2008," said Jason, who is such a connoisseur he makes ice from rainwater so there are no chemicals to tarnish the taste of his favourite tipple.

"That's how much I love it."

So what did he make of the new version, which has been aged in port barrels and will sell for $80 a bottle when it goes on sale in a couple of weeks?

"The port softens the kick so it is very smooth. On the first sip I got the distinctive Bundy flavour immediately but there is a slight hint of port. It's definitely one to have on its own on a special occasion such as the birth of a child or on Christmas Day.

"Overall I rated it nine out of 10. I think fans of the original are really going to love it."

Jason was chosen for his special duty after completing an online survey and was sent a small sample.

Port Barrel is the second limited release in the master distillers' collection of premium rums.



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