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Ron del Barrilito 2 Star rum is first blended and then aged for at least 3 years. The rum has been produced in Bayamón Puerto Rico since 1804 by the Fernández family, making it the oldest rum manufacturer in Puerto Rico.
In 1942 a single barrel of Ron del Barrilito rum was set aside called the 'Freedom Barrel.' The barrel will be opened in Bayamón town square for all to share when Puerto Rico gains its independence.
Easily consumable in a bind
Rum tasting during 14th month of global lockdown continues onwards with Ron del Barrilito 2 Star. Nice old school bottle and label design. Light golden color. Mild honey mixed beautifully with light oak. No burn at all but smooth sailing. Surprisingly good rum altogether.
Strong Smokey Rum. 86 proof but seems hotter in a good way. Not overly sugary yet burnt caramel comes through. In a blind taste I would be tempted to declare it an aged agricole most likely do to the 3 years spent in charred oak.
Price point is a bit high but not so much that I won't buy and mostly keep it on hand. It's a solid rum great for sipping as well as mixing into those tropical cocktails that call for a Puerto Rican rum such as the 1953 Bolo circulating from a highly respected source. It is claimed the recipe comes from personal notes of barkeep Bob Esmino. The instructions also call for an aged Martinique as well! Brothers from another mother that certainly play well together as the recipe produces a fantastic drink.
I got a bottle on a recommendation and overall I remember it being pretty standard stuff, good for a rum and coke. Need to try it again.
Tried it again neat and dropping my rating... Tastes like nailpolish remover. I mixed some drinks with it the other day and they were terrible. Thought maybe it was a bad recipe, but then I swapped out my normal mixing rum in the recipe and suddenly it was magic.
Maybe they call it 2 star for a reason...
Assuming you can get it at a good price, this is an excellent mixing rum. It has a lot of the interest of the 3 star, but less complex and more bite. Still, when I have found it outside PR it's usually as expensive as much better rums, so it's not usually a good option for me.
Ron del Barrilito 2 Star is great for both craft mixed drinks as well as drinking on the rocks.
Very low sugar and natural flavor. Highly recommend, and great price for an aged product.
Even for it's youthness you could taste some oak, it is sweet, caramelized citrus peels and some spice. It isn't matured enough for sipping, but with a few drops of water it becomes light and a bit sweeter with a lingering finish. I liked it neat.
Anyone who buys this rum for sipping is making a mistake -- it is not made as a sipping rum. For a sipping rum get the Barrilito tres estrellas (3 star). However, this is a great mixing rum. Adds tremendous flavor to pina coladas, daiquiris or other mixed rum drinks (though a waste with coke).
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