Aside from its origins, our Master Blender Arnaud de Trabuc was keenly aware of the public’s newfound appreciation for spirits with character. Using aged Trinidadian rum as the backbone for his new product, he layered the spirit with high toned aged Barbados rums, heavier post-distilled Jamaican Rums, earthy Guyanese rums and the spicy spirit of the former Dutch colony of Batavia. Over twenty rums sourced independently were blended to achieve the final product. Banks is composed of various rums and crafted to bring out the earthy and pure cane flavors one might expect from an agricole rum, albeit not as intense. Aged rum from Trinidad, light rum from Guyana, light rum from Barbados, heavy pot still rum from Jamaica, and Batavia Arrack from Java (sugarcane and fermented Javanese rice) are all blended into one harmonious spirits and the color is then filtered out.
The first aromas are reminiscent of the tropical florals, gardenia and citrus blossom, found in young Jamaican pot still rum, with hints of light alcohol. The initial taste confirms the presence of heavy Jamaican rum, but this quickly yields to a viscous body that lacks the hot spice typically found in young pot still rums. The finish comes on fairly quickly with soursop and ripe orange flavors on the tongue and a dry smoky feel on the finish.