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I gave it an 8 rating, but I'd give it a 7.5 if possible. It's tasty, smooth and flavorful. And that aroma,,, I recognize it, but simply can't place it. Quite simply, it does not smell like rum. Some people say "vanilla" and "maple" but I'm thinking it's more complex than that. In any case, I like it very much. I drink my rum straight, no ice. Smoothness is a huge factor for me, and this one is plenty smooth. But it is flavored and that takes away just a bit of desirability in my mind.
Pyrat rum (another flavored rum) is too strongly orange flavored. I won't ever purchase Pyrat again. Papa's Pilar Dark is a far better product, with just a nice hint of complex aroma and flavor. It will have a place in my rum cabinet. I did a direct comparison to Kaniche XO rum, and I still prefer the Kaniche, as the Kaniche is a pure rum, without added flavor.
Sugar: 24 gpl. This rum is a must have if you like a sweet rum. It's sweet with some complex flavors from the Port and Sherry casks, along with some strong vanilla and caramel, but the biggest flavor is the taste of dark Maple syrup which to this Canadian is awesome. The blend of rums in this bottle work very well. It has a bolder flavor than the Centenario 20 or the Maderas PX 5+5. It is a must have in any collection.
vanilla is the first thing that hits you. Was more one dimensional then I thought it would be. Still pretty good though. visited this again, don't like it as much as I thought.
I never knew Hemmingway, nor am I a super fan, but I can't imagine him drinking this. His loss.
Enjoyed some wonderful Barramundi with this. Smooth, rich - didn’t overpower the fish.
This is one of the best rums I have purchased. The aroma alone is a treat for the senses. It reminds me of a hot Havana night in a little hole in the wall bar, the kind that the locals go to escape the tourists. The type of bar that smells of the sweat, leather, sugarcane, and honest toil.
As this sweet elixir rolls down the throat, it relaxes every part of your being. Like a sigh and after nap stretch for the whole body, it warms you like a wool blanket dried in a warm sunny summer breeze.
This is perfection for me. Deep color with sweetness, molasses, cola, vanilla and it is the smoothest. Wish it had better distribution near me in CT
Smooth maple overwhelms. Few other notes make it out. Too sweet for me. Just right for others.
Delicious combo of caramel with a hint of black pepper. This is my go-to when I want to make sure I'm going to enjoy a glass. Super smooth and just sweet enough.
Time for Birka rum cruises 2019 at the Baltic Sea. This was one that I tested. Nice bottle and story around it. The 43% balance up the rather high sweetness quite good. It’s also quite complex and you can find leather, maple, vanilla, spices and oak for example. The person representing it told me that it was a blend from several different locations and that the rum included was between 4 25 years old if I remember right.
Mörk bärnstens färgad. Doftar sött, godis typ tuttifrutti eller nå. Bubble gym den rosa. Friskt godis fast något kemiskt. Påminner lite om Don Papa 10y, men denna är bättre. Inte lika söt som Don Papa som nästan är odrickbart söt. Men denna är också otroligt söt. Efter en stund i glaset känner jag nu lönnsirap som en del påstår, vanilj, kokos. Den växer en aning från 5 till 6 på 10 skakig. Nja denna går inte helt hem hos mig. Mjuk är den, otroligt mjuk men knappt någon eftersmak.
I’ve tried all the Pilar rums. Non are my favorite. The bottle is beautiful, flask like playing in the Hemingway connection, but nearly impossible to pour without making a mess. The attached cork, wide mouth, and no neck make it gurgle and slop. The flavor in the pilar rums are confusing. The multi barrel aging creates a confusing palette. Too many flavors influences fighting for notice.
did pick up this on the spot at key west and did make a tour there.
about this its perfect for snipping before the computer and the taste is a little smoth with a nutty taste.
Smells wonderful. Taste is rather heavy on maple. Alcohol burn and overpowered the flavors for a moment. There are better choices in this price range
Very nice. I smell butterscotch and vanilla. Excellent sipping rum.
If you like sweet, which I do, you’re much better offer with Diplomatico RE
Beautiful packaging and medium amber color preludes an awesome nose of maple sugar and molasses, followed by a jammy sweet mouthfeel, and finishing like a rich dessert
Sweet, good, with a lot of coffee flavor and some chocolate. Wonderful to sit and sip on.
Most everyone has already stated the obvious about the strong maple, and vanilla flavors, but the taste, to me, is different. Definitely caramel and molasses, and not to strong of an alcohol burn considering it's 43%. Definitely a repeat though!
Hard to go wrong with this rum, as good or better than many at 2-3 times the price. Tried it at a sampling and had to buy the bottle. Rich in maple with great accents both in aroma and taste. Nothing wrong with this rum except I cannot get it in Oklahoma, have to order it.
Fantastic rum if you like really sweet rum. Lots of maple, and some vanilla and spices. I drink it on the rocks. I think it cools down the maple a little bit. Drink it neat, and the maple becomes a little overpowering. Comes in a very handsome bottle and being named after Hemingway’s boat is a great conversation piece.
This is the best run I’ve ever had. I love the maple butter flavor. Dark mixed with light is super smooth to sip. Love it!
There definitely seems to be some spices and added flavors going on here. I’d be willing to bet on it. It’s very aromatic and instantly reminded me of a freshly baked pan of sticky buns.
In the mouth, initial sweetness with cinnamon, cardamom, maple, vanilla, molasses, burnt sugar and fruity notes like plums and dates flowing in.The heavily caramelized sugar reminds me of Cracker Jacks with hints of walnuts or other hard-crack nuts. A slight bitter-sweet undertone, with a delayed arrival, I suspected to be from barrel char but as the development continued, I believe it’s from something more adjunct. Then bam! ROOT BEER soda. Could I be crazy? Well, I had just made a batch of root beer sherbet the week prior so, the flavor was fresh in my mind. I went to my freezer, spoon in hand, for a quick sampling. Yep. Very similar notes. I’ve heard others refer to Dr. Pepper in their reviews but for me, it’s more like Root Beer.
Pilar Dark is complex and has various stages of arrival and development with a nice long finish and isn’t terribly thick or syrupy. I think if this rum wasn’t “slightly sweet”, it wouldn’t taste quite right with all that’s going on. I think the sweetness ties it all together. I like this rum but have doubts that is truly, just a an aged rum. The bottle presentation is nice to look at but completely impractical and rather a PITA to pour from.
This was recommended to me by a bartender and I was skeptical but ended up really enjoying it.
Lo encontré de pura casualidad en Miami. Una vez en casa, la sorpresa fue grande al probar un muy buen ron. Dulce, frutado, algo de cacao y nuevamente nuevamente dulce. Al principio quema un poquito en la boca hasta que los sabores se despliegan en toda la boca. Una grata sorpresa.