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Tasty, but not quite great
This really tastes young. It does not taste like a 10 year old until it finishes. It does have a surprisingly smooth flavorful finish. A little too sweet for me also. I tried an airport bottle. If this rum really costs under $15 for a full size bottle it is a great value.
Expanding my view to Panama with both the 10yo and 15yo Malteco in front of me (both in 50ml tasters) I must say I am positively surprised. Ok, too much sugar for my taste but this 10 year old is showing some character as well.
A typical nose with a little vanilla and a strange mix of floral notes/rotten wood (in a good way!) that I haven't smelled before. On the palate this carries on with a bit of chocolate/coffee bitterness which really helps to balance the added sugar. The base of this rum is really decent, way better than the English Harbour 5yo I had the other day, and it goes down easily. I don't see the alcohol burn some reviewers mention but it does let you know it is 40%, just as it should.
Though the 15yo is a bit better in every way (but also much alike) pricewise my nod goes to the 10yo. This can be bought for €20,= over here and I think that is a bargain for the quality of this rum. The 15yo can not justify its higher pricetag (here between €30,= and €40,= online) as it simply adds too little. Too sweet for my taste but if you like them a little sweeter (without becoming a liquid bonbon) this is a must-try!
This rum is limited to the essentials. It's not complex and a little bit artificial.
The profile is vanilla with sweetness, a little bit like Plantation XO but much simpler.
It's an inexpensive rum for people who want it simple and sweet.
However, does not quite suit my taste, I lack additional flavors.
I get vanilla with sweetness, some caramel and some wood in the nose.
The taste starts also with vanilla, caramel, the sweetness is rising, then spice and wood at the end.
Not very spicy and quite mild rum.
I would rate it with 50 points.
Nose: sweetness, caramel and vanilla, wood
Flavor: vanilla, caramel, intensifying sweetness, spice, wood
I find it mild and intense in taste, but too simple.
Value (18€): 2/5
Experience level: just beginners
Vanilla taste is present, but for some reason it feels very artifical. What bothers me more is his very aggresive alcohol taste, which is killing all the other flavours I should feel in this rum.
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