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I had the luxury of tasting Ron Esclavo XO, 15 and 12 year old rums back-to-back and what a nice treat it was on a sunny Saturday evening. Ron Esclavo rums come from the Oliver & Oliver group, so it does not surprise me a bit that they are all amazing since most of their rums are simply stunning. The Ron Esclavo XO has a very deep color, whereas the 15-year old Ron Esclavo is much lighter in color and the 12 year old is once more darker, a bit closer to the XO color. Coffee, chocolate and toffee have an amazing balance and when you move downwards from XO, which is super smooth, to 15 which is very nice to 12 which has a gradually larger amount of burn at the end. Flavor profile stays the same, but the intensity of the burn increases very gradually. The Ron Esclavo XO is much better than the Dictador XO Insolent which has a similar flavor profile, but it's nowhere close this good, whereas the Ron Esclavo 15 and 12 are much closer to the Dictador XO Insolent flavor profile.

Detailed scoring analysis:
10/100 Packaging, bottle and label design 9
10/100 Color of this rum 9
15/100 Nose test 12
20/100 Palate test 16
15/100 Afterburn of this rum 13
15/100 Availability to purchase this rum 11
15/100 Ultimate value for money 15
Total score 85

Here's my top 30 list:
1. Ron Tres Loco de Vinos from Vinoble Skanderborg
2. Ron Esclavo XO Cask Strength
3. Legendario Gran Reserva 15y
4. Cubaney Centenario 25-30y
5. Companero Panama
6. Ron Esclavo XO
7. Ron Millonario XO and 15y
8. Plantation Barbados XO 20th Anniversary
9. El Dorado 25y
10. Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva and Single Vintage
11. Presidente Marti 23y and 19y
12. Cubaney 18y
13. Pusser's 15y
14. Black Tot
15. El Pasador de Oro XO
16. Bavaro Black Ultra Premium
17. Punta Cana Esplendido
18. Edmundo Dantes 15y
19. Pampero Aniversario
20. Bacoo 12y
21. Ron Esclavo 15y and 12y
22. El Pasador de Oro Gran Reserva
23. Brugal Leyenda
24. Exquisito 1990 and 1995
25. Koloa Kaua'i Coconut
26. Plantation Gran Anejo Guatemala & Belize
27. Unhiq XO
28. Ron Hero 21y Solera
29. Punta Cana XOX
30. Ron Cartavio XO


Rigtig god rom, smag ag melasse og vanilie. En lille smule sprittet

I like it, lovely sweet taste, not as good as the XO but closes. Need to try the 15 YO just to compare them all.

Duft: lækker sød duft. vanilie, røget, blomme, kandis og en lille smule sprit.
Smag: sød og lidt røget i smagen. Karamel og blomme. God lang sød eftersmag


Vona po marcipane, sladkom drievku, trochu vanilky. Chut dost surova, sladkasta, malo vyrazna, prilis preraza alkohol... v porovnani s inymi 12 rocnymi rumami napr. El Dorado 12y nieje tento rum nicim vynimocny a urcite ani nie lepsi...


A strong rum with a classic taste and some hints of marzipan an oak

20ml uit een advent kalender. Typische Spaanse stijl rum. Karamel, beetje hout en veel suiker gok ik zo. Voor de mensen die van "smooth" houden.

Sometimes I don't mind a real sugar bomb - they are easy to drink. But the sugar takes away the individuality and complexity that the rum might have. The nose is very sweet vanilla, typical of many a rum that has a lot of sugar added. Its the palate that is more interesting. There is a softness to it, with a hint of alcohol that counteracts the sweetness a little. Medium bodied with a hint of spice, it is an easy rum if a little unsophisticated. Far too short on the finish.

Fine when you are in the mood for a sweet rum, but not an everyday one. Overall a bit disappointing.

Let me be blunt. This rum is nothing special, but it is a nice gateway to better rums for someone, who is new to exploring this wonderful world of rum.

Nose: Clear aromas dominated by burnt sugar and vanilla
Taste: Dominating taste of vanilla and caramel. Pleasant without being complex in any way.
Overall: As said above. This is a nice rum for beginners, which also can be enjoyed by more experienced rum-drinkers.

Au goût, des notes de sirop d'érable sont présentes.
J'ai eu l'impression de boire du dictator 12 ans.

Guter Rum
Geruch von Vanille und viel Holz
Schneller abgang und ziemlich bitter !

Fin vanilj men lite skarp i smaken. Bra pris men 15 bättre

Very nice smell.
Ok Colour.
Nice taste.
Nice aftertaste.

Klares helles Bernstein im Glas.
In der Nase, frische tropische Früchte auf getoastetem Holz und mit heisser Schokolade übergossen.
Im Gaumen sanft und geschmeidig, süss und lecker wie Schokoladen-Milch mit Karamell und Zimt.
Im Abgang etwas scharf mit süsser Schokolade, Karamell und Früchten.
Ein süsser Dom. Rep. Solera Rum für Einsteiger, Geniesser und einfach Alle.

Clear bright amber in the glass.
On the nose, fresh tropical fruit on toasted wood and doused with hot chocolate.
Soft and smooth on the palate, sweet and delicious as chocolate milk with caramel and cinnamon.
On the finish a bit spicy with sweet chocolate, caramel and fruits.
A swet Dom. Rep. Solera Rum for beginners, connoisseurs and everyone.

#17 i romkalendern 2017, betyget sammanfattar mitt intryck

Classical nose, bit sweetish with vanilla, citrus, same on palate woth warm, medium lenght finish. Very correct.

Nose: sweet and pleasant toffee, well balanced

Palate: spicy, but poor body. Did expect more after the aromatic scent in the nose.

Svag doft, smakar lite smörkola. XO är mycket bättre, man känner att de har samma karaktär.

God vaniljig doft och smak. Fyllig och god. Något kort eftersmak. En bra rom helt enkelt.

In the nose i felt sweet pastry and caramel.
Palate is medium sweet wtih hints of nuts, vanilla, caramel with touch of chocolate
Pleasant finish.
Very well balanced rum, round and smooth.

Se det var en dejlig rom i julekalenderen, den kunne jeg godt finde på at købe

Dufter og smager dejligt. God eftersmag. En ok rum

On the nose, it is sweet with touches of vanilla and toffee. The colour resembles dark caramel.

On the palate, Ron Esclavo 12 is sweet and soft with a flavor of vanilla and caramel and with notes of plum and marzipan. It has a long and smooth finish

A fine rum but needs to age a little bit longer. Nose: brown sugar, vanilla. Palate: alcohol, butterscotch, vanilla. You can feel that it's a young rum that could promise much more in taste if it could age longer. But a good rum though!!

God hverdags Rom. Value for money. Lidt sprittet...