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Ron del Barrilito 3 Star rum is produced in Bayamón Puerto Rico by the Fernández family, which has been producing rum in the area since 1804, making it the oldest rum manufacturer in Puerto Rico. The rum is first blended and then aged for a minimum of 6 years.
A single barrel of Ron del Barrilito rum was set aside in 1942 called the 'Freedom Barrel.' When Puerto Rico gains its independence the Freedom Barrel will be opened in the Bayamón town square for all to share.
Recommendable to most
I know that this company has admitted that they have altered their rums. What is unusual is that it is not nearly as sweet as most altered rums - rather it seems to have a faked-up woody-smoky, almost phenolic taste.
I really wanted to like this but I don't. A much better example of the Cuban style is Doorly's XO or R L Seales' 10 yr, which have a similar taste to this without the offputting phenolic taste.
I really wanted to like this rum, after all the hype. I could not get past the strange taste. Maybe it was the smokiness. It was somewhat harsh and not smooth enough for me.
Edit - bumping this up to a 10, just love this rum!!!!
The smokiness continues to build the more you drink of it.
Picked it up on the way out of Puerto Rico knowing little about this 3 Star or sipping rum. The flavor made me add less and less coke till there was just the rum and the ice by the third glass. After easily polishing the bottle off, I desperately needed more of that rich smokey after taste!
This is a great rum. It comes of soft but that quickly changes into a strong smokey flavor. This is a great rum that reminds you what you are drinking. The smell is also great. I was lucky to find a store in town that had 2 bottles left. I may go get the other if it is still there.
Hits you abrasive out of the gate but quickly mellows to a smooth cane taste. Not very complex but taste great with coke & lime. Not very appealing without coke. Can be drunk on the rocks.
A friend of mine mailed me a bottle brought back from his visit to Puerto Rico. It instantly ranks up there with my favorites. A distinctly different taste, smooth, strong, with something extra special, surely a hint of honey. Makes you wonder if islanders aren't keeping the best stuff for themselves, because from the looks of it, not easy to find state side! Once produced inside a windmill tower used to extract the juice from the sugar canes on the outskirts of Bayamon, today the office. In 1942, a single barrel, which is stored in the "cellar", was put aside with orders that it should only be opened when Puerto Rico becomes a free and independent nation.
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