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Zo'n aparte smaak. Erg lekker uit onze gemeente Sint Maarten. Aanrader.
Rhum correct qui sort de l'ordinaire, pas commun aux autres rhums
A few months ago, I saw this new arrival appear on the bottom shelf of several fine liquor stores. Subtle hints like this are made to warn their best customers. Like a fool, I bought it because I love guava and the nice old gentleman on the label reminded me of the very nice folks in St. Maarten when I visited the Dutch side almost 30 years ago.
When I brought this puppy home, it tasted nothing at all like guava, but just a lot of nastiness. I later found out from their website that the pungent guavaberry has absolutely nothing to do with the lovable guava. These are small berries that grow very slowly on trees up in the hills and it takes a LOT of berries just to make one bottle. These berries are more related to eucalyptus and cloves, which is a far cry from guava. This island has the most of any of these tropical trees and there is even one tree in a Florida State Park (my guess would be Bahia Honda). As for their rum that is added to this berry juice, I have no idea where it came from and sugar cane is very hard to grow on the very arid St. Maarten. Just like the coral island of Grand Cayman, their rum has to come from somewhere else.
It took me several weeks to finally finish off this nasty bottle and swear to never buy another one. And each time I drank it, it did a number on my system the next day. It will clean you out of more than your money!
This is a nice rum which has a nice orange flavor, similar to Pyrat. Enjoyable neat or mixed. The nice price tag for the 5 year is a nice selling point whereas I have seen other rums aged less that cost a lot more.
This is not one of the more popular rums and very few stores carry it down here in Florida. Total Wine and ABC carry either their the Guavaberry liquor or the 5 but not both and I haven’t seen the 8 year since being in the Caribbean last year.
Tried out the Old Man Guavaberry 5 year in St Maartin and this is not an aged rum, it is an sugar overload syrup masked as a rum for the tourists. There is zero flavors left from a traditional aged rum. Buy this bottle at your own peril! No real difference between the 5 and the 8 year old other than price.
Tried out the Old Man Guavaberry 5 year in St Maartin at their distillery and this is not a neat sipper although the local staff tries to convince otherwise. No real difference between the 5 and the 8 year old other than price. Both have a nasty alcohol smell and taste to them and a strong burn. It looks like some other reviewers have confused the 5 and the 8 year old with their base item, which is the Guavaberry drink. Old Man Guavaberry company has assigned the guavaberry name to all bottles regardless if it's done from it, so no wonder the confusion is there.
Pretty good. Sweet, a little astringent, would drink again.
Tried this for the first time on the island of Sint Maarten where it is produced using the Guavaberry, which is indigenous to the island. Very nice flavor which makes a great daiquiri which has the recipe on the bottle.
Sweet and rather smooth, this liquor is made using their own rum grown on the island. They also have a 5 and an 8 year rum in their repertoire.
Not very easy to find, unfortunately here in Florida...
This dude has a bitter stringent taste. It's more like a tonic from the Wild West than a rum. Very burney. Not useful for anything.
I didn't really expect to like this rum because of the price (only $22.99 @ yourwinecellars.com) and funny name (what's a guavaberry?) But it exceeded my expectations.
Has a nice sweetness for a rum they claim is unsweetened. Also, nicely smooth for an inexpensive rum. Smells and tastes of oak, spice, and maybe some guavaberry which they say they put in it (I don't know what that is). It's really quite good.
Now I want to try their 8 year!
Not bad. Lacks depth, and a little rough on the finish, however it would do in a pinch.
Tried it directly on the island, so the highest rating is somehow affected by this fact. Nevertheless, the taste itself belongs to my most favorite. Also had the Old Oranjestad Orange flavour.
Nice taste. Not to sweet and not to spicy. Good on rock.
I don't know whether this is 5 or 8 year, or something else. The label shows no hint of an age.. Its bottle number GHA51288. This, for me is a) a mixer, or b) cough syrup. It is very sweet, and syrupy, kind of like Vicks 44. Now mind you, that's just me. I find sweet wines cloying. But then, I think Zaya is the bees knees. But I had to have a shot of Bones to wash this down. Bones is a bit dry for me, so it balances out. I would recommend this with coke, or maybe in one of the recipes that came with the bottle.
This is a fine bottle for the price but I found it a little rough around the edges. That said, it's been excellent in quality mixed drinks and I am now searching for the 8 year to give that a try.
Right up front I admit I have never tasted a guavaberry, never seen a guavaberry and would not know one if someone pelted me with one. However the rum from which it is made (by this company) is quite good.
I happen to have bottle No. GH0720 according to the label and the dark amber liquid does not give up its secrets on aroma alone. The fragrance hints of sweetness but does not confirm it. The sweetness does become more apparent upon tasting. According to the label it's "aged 5 years in oak" so it is somewhat smooth. It is manufactured and bottled by the Sint Maarten Guavaberry Company which happens to produce multiple products (including the rum) all centered about the guavaberry. Also according to what I've read, this is "an unsweetened golden blend of the finest Caribbean Rums, the youngest of which was aged in oak for five years". Unsweetened but definitely has a sweetness present. And from what I have read, rum made from guavaberries is the traditional drink for Christmas in Sint Maartin. Coincidentally I am writing this in December. Also it should be noted that this rum is available in the U.S. in limited quantities so if you run across a bottle in a liquor store, grab it because you're likely not to run across any more. Frankly, I like this. It has a unique flavor...I assume from guavaberries...that is not overpowering but unique. I have not tasted anything quite like it from the other Caribbean rums I have tried recently. Definitely a recommendable rum that should work best in tropical fruit-based rum drinks.