What happens when you combine one of Sherry’s best names with one of the country’s top spirits curators? The extremely limited Ron Navazos Palazzi Cask Strength Rum ($150/750 ml, 51 percent alcohol).
The product is a partnership between Equipo Navazos, which hunts and bottles rare individual casks of Sherry; and Nicolas Palazzi, who, under his PM Spirits label, does much the same with the hard stuff.
The short story: Rum aged for five years in the Caribbean was bartered with a Sherry house, which then aged it another decade in a solera-style system of oloroso casks. The result is 1,500 bottles that combine the burnished depth of Sherry, the sweetness of bourbon cask and the funk of molasses.
You won’t encounter another rum like it.
Available at K&L Wine Merchants.