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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
My family has drank this rum for generations. This is a full bodied rum strong notes of molasses and the oakiness from the Whiskey barrels that it was stored in. Drink straight on the rocks with a slice of pineapple or another juicy sweet fruit to bring out the sweetness
One of the best the island has to offer. A bit on the dry side, with a little bit of burn. I enjoyed it neat and also with a few ice cubes.
A touch oaky, not bad for tile style cocktails that are sweeter, i.e. orgeat, and or simple.. Not trying to hate on the 3-star, and honestly for the cost, its decent.
Excellent PR rum. Golden, bold with a smooth finish. Found it in a small grocery store in Aquadilla and it turned me into a rum runner!
It has all the flavor notes and gets to third base. Molasses,some pepper oak, touch of sherry, almond/orange. Dry and no added sweetness. When in Puerto Rico this is the rum to drink. If not there taste it against the other islands/countries. Still like Zara master 21, for this genre/taste profile. But the price point is different so there you are. If I spotted this in a bar, which I did, then it could be the home run.
smooth after dinner rum with strong brown sugar and oak aroma, this rum is a favorite after dinner. Served with ice and in a tropical setting, it hits the spot and I always return for a second round because it sits in well.
11/2018 - Bottled at a fairly respectable 43% ABV. 6 years old (up to 10). This is a fairly hard-to-find (and generally well-regarded) rum [edit: distribution has ramped back up after a bit of a dry spell, since the brand was picked up by Bacardi], so I was looking forward to trying it for a long time. Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed. The nose and palate are both very sweet and fruity. This makes sense if you read the quote from master blender Luis Planas in a recent Liquor.com article (https://www.liquor.com/articles/ron-del-barrilito/ ): “Ron del Barrilito has a very unique blending process,” says master blender Luis Planas. “Prior to aging, we use a very neutral rum to which we add natural macerated fruits in very small quantities.Then the rum is aged for a minimum of three years in oloroso sherry barrels brought from Spain.” So, yeah, it's actually a fruit-infused rum aged in sweet sherry barrels. So, the rum has mass appeal (just read the other ratings on this site), and can work very well in cocktails, but doesn't suit my (dry rum) palate. This just doesn't taste like rum to me. And after tasting this one, have no interest in trying the 2*.
5/2019 - Tried it again today. Very fruity nose, with lots of sherry and oak influence. It is drier on the palate, but bitter and rather astringent. It's interesting; you can pull out a lot of notes from the maceration and ageing. But there's no detectable distillate flavor—it's clearly "confected" neutral cane spirit that is being marketed and sold (incorrectly) as "rum." (At least it's better than Bumbu, which is like the crappy artificial version of RdB. Then again, even Bumbu knows not to put "rum" on the label, except sneakily in the company name.) Until the label more accurately reflects what's in the bottle, I urge you to pass on this brand in favor of more honest products.
I had a sip from a friend's house one night after drinking 5 glasses of wine or so.
It was super smooth and the taste was incredible.
I purchased 2 bottles the next week at Astor Wines in NYC at about $40 tax included.
I tasted it again and the strong alcohol burn is overwhelming and it tastes like Barcardi or some cheap mixing rum that you need to mix with coke and can't drink straight. I bought the 3 star.
What a waste of $80. I read that 3 unnamed investors bought it last year or something and started shipping to the US mainland. I don't know if they changed their production methods but it tastes so different from the one I had at my friend's place that night.
I drink a lot of aged rums - Diplomatico and Annivisario (both from Venezuela) are my favorite. I also drink a lot of 10 and 12 year scotch.
So I drink brown liquor and I know cheap mixing rum that's meant with coke when I taste it. Kinda sad I paid $80 for mixing rum. I wish I could refund this crap.
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