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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.
This is exactly what I imagined but didn't know I wanted when I first was introduced to "aged, sipping rums"... When I first tasted this rum, the amazing balance of sugar, oak, spices and alcohol blew my socks off. If we could afford it, we would keep a bottle of this around persistently, to sip on of an evening, to relax and let the stress of the day just slide away.
Had this on vacation in old San Juan, PR. One of the most complex flavors I have tried.
Starts with the aroma. Florid, and smooth. Flavors that really stand out. It is a young rum, so a little harsh. Be sure to let it stand for a moment before tasting.
Dry and oaky, a little tannic, almost whiskey like. I was a little disappointed in my bottle of 3 star. Considering the price, I won't be buying again.
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
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.
A hidden gem. A fantastic rum in a rather annonymious bottle. The rum of choice for Puertoricans. I came to love this ru and can still crave for a sip.
this rum is not exported. Puertoricans like to keep it for them self.
Be sure to grab one when you have a chance. Rather inexpensive for the quality you get.
Oak, perfect blend between heads and tails and selected old barrels. Sip it in a aroma glass.
I first tried this rum several years ago on a business trip to Puerto Rico. I had asked for Meyers rum and the server told me they were out and recommended Barrilito...the depth and complexity of the flavors had me sold after the first sip.
I've had a variety of rums in the $30-50 range, and Ron del Barrilito *** holds its own just fine. Compared to more aged and pricier brands, it is a touch sweeter and a nib harsher on the palate, so a 7 or 8/10 would be more accurate if price is not an issue. However, for the budget-minded looking for the best value, ¡este es el mejor ron de Bayamón!
Ron del Barrilito is my favorite rum by far.
Hand-crafted in small batches, it has set the bar high for any other aged rum product. No added sugars or flavorings keep the flavor natural and smooth. While Ron del Barrilito says it has rum aged up to 10 years, there use rums aged nearly 20 years in these batches.
Highly recommend you try this rum!
This one was another rum that I was hesitant to buy with such a wide disparity in the ratings. So I ignored all of the low ratings and plunked down $40 for my bottle today. I let it breathe for at least 20 minutes in a snifter. The aroma of light vanilla and light oak is wonderful and I could sniff this one all day. Then the first neat sip on the tongue had so much of a burn that it wiped out any of the flavors. Going down the pipe was a bitter burn. Treating this one at 43% ABV just like my Clement 6 year at 44% ABV, I wisely added an ice cube and let it sit for a few minutes. Ah, the burn on the tongue was gone so that I could taste vanilla, caramel, and oak. Going down the pipe still had a somewhat bitter burn, but not nearly as bad as being served neat. Just like the Clement 6 year old, this rum was made for consuming on the rocks in the hot tropical climate down there. Neither one has any added sugar. I would not dream of using either one as a mixer, especially at these prices.
Due to the high price and scarcity of it where I live, I originally gave it a rating of 6 while not realizing that this very unique rum needs to grow on you. No other rum out of 80 tastes like this one. After the second glass later that evening with two ice cubes, the very strong smoky flavor is what originally puts off those new to this rum. Flavors are very assertive and this one is not for wimps. To give you an idea, following this one up with a different rum made Mount Gay XO seem downright nasty. Bumping my rating up did not take very long at all.
Many of us criticize the solera method, but that is only because of deceptive practices from many companies showing false ages. This company specifically states on the back of the bottle that their rums are aged between 6 and 10 years in charred oak barrels. It is their own 3-Star solera blend that supposedly remains the same year after year. The solera method greatly increases the odds of a company producing consistently similar results. Such is not the case with single barrels, which could be hit or miss. This company does not lie about the ages inside the bottle, but it is up to all of us to inform all the rest about companies with deceptive aging statements. Many of these have already been pointed out by fellow reviewers.
Sipped - neat
86 proof, gold Puerto Rico
Nose - strong peat, smoke
In mouth - bold, smoke, peat
Linger - peat persists
Don't believe this is a sipper for me, but might add flavor to a multi rum cocktail such as a Zombie
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