Brand: Transcontinental Rum Line

Origin: Grays Distilling Ltd, Pamplemousses, Mauritius

Still: Column

Age: 3 years

Finish: New American Oak

ABV: 50%

As far as Mauritian rums go, I don't have a lot experience with different expressions, save for the Holmes Cay bottling we previously reviewed. So to my surprise and excitement, the 2022 Transcontinental Rum Line (TCRL) release included a Mauritian rum in the lineup.

TCRL Mauritius 2017 comes from Grays Distilling Ltd. on the African island, which is well-known for their New Grove rum brand. The molasses-based rum was a produced by their column still, and then spent 3 years in new American oak casks on-site; finally, the aged rum was transported to France in 2021 for bottling at 50% ABV.


Orange-brown, medium-high clarity, low viscosity


Marzipan, lemon zest, caramel, paint fumes, fresh-cut oak, celery


Grapefruit, tangerine, oak, caramel, vanilla, black cherry, cardemom, celery, cinnamon


Medium-long, tannic, slightly bitter; vanilla, celery, oak, prunes, lemon rind, cinnmamon

Rating: 8/10


TCRL Mauritius is a fun pour, and a great introduction to the island's rum products for those who may not have had a chance to try them. The new American Oak cask adds some unique spice and wood notes to the rum, which itself is bursting with fruity and earthy notes.

The marzipan, caramel, and celery notes on the nose give way to fruity grapefruit, tangerine, and black cherry on the palate. That celery note is as interesting as it is pervasive throughout the experience. It's really an interesting set of notes, and perhaps the most unique that I've found in the TCRL lineup.

With limited Mauritius experience, I really enjoyed trying this younger expression that has a more neutral aging cask. The result is an expressive rum that offers another look at a distillery that until recently hasn't seen many Stateside releases. I definitely recommend this if you're interested in a rum that has a good mix of vegetal, fruit, and oak notes.

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