Denizen Merchant’s Reserve is a blended rum comprised of spirits from Jamaica and Martinique. The rum is produced in Amsterdam, where rum blending has been an art since the Netherlands colonized the
Merchant’s Reserve is made from a base of Jamaican aged pot still rums. These Jamaican rums, which comprise 80% of the finished product, hail from four distillers: Clarendon, Hampden, New Yarmouth, and Worthy Park. Most of the Jamaican rum in Merchant’s Reserve is aged for eight years in American oak ex-bourbon barrels, though a smaller percentage is aged for only four years, and a portion is fresh, unaged rum.
The remaining 20% is a molasses-based Rhum Grand Arome from Martinique’s Galion S.A.E.M. distillery. The result is an amber-hued rum with flavors of fruit, caramel, spice, and earthy funk.
Tiki aficionados have dubbed Merchant’s Reserve as the modern day rum closest in composition and flavor to the rum originally used by Trader Vic to create his 1944 Mai Tai. Merchant’s Reserve was awarded 94 points at the 2014 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.