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Everything else has been said. Man that acidity really telling of the fact that there must be some rum in this much older than 12yo.
It started good with a fruity sweetness, raisins and a little vanille. Candy syrup also, lots of alcohol. After a few sips it all seems to dissipate and just the alcohol burn remains...
Nice full body with strong melassa tones. Not too much sweet, not dry, well ballanced.
This is clearly well made. Smooth, no alcohol burn. Mixes well. You need to decide if you like that funk. You notice it in the aroma and on the rocks. Great rum n coke, can take over w ginger beer. I still can't decide if I like this funk, but the rum n coke is really good. Try it make your own decisions
At $32 in Ohio (4/19) this one is a great bargain! Rich aroma, lightly sweet and fruity. Warming alcohol in the nose. Light sweetness, oaky, vanilla, lightly fruity. Hints of molasse.s Good body and warming on the palate. Expected lightly funky finish but pleasant. A good daily sipper and a great mixer. Great value for the cost. I'd think a really good entry rum for those wanting to try better aged rums. Well balanced. This one will be on hand as long as I can get it. Recommend!
Edit 10/16/19 - Every time I revisit this rum I am impressed. This isn't huge on Hogo but it's there and a great way to get your feet wet on a good Jamaican. Great as an every day sipper and superb as a mixer. Hard to beat for the price. I stand solid on this as a very strong 7 - 7.5. Everyone should have it on the shelf.
En väldigt allsidig rom som funkar till det mesta. Mat, bak, drinkar, avec men inte en fullträff dock
I tried a sip. Fantastic. I mixed it with a little. Delicious. Really nice at this price level.
Poctivy jamajsky rum, v chuti melasa a "funk", 43 voltov, jeden z najlepsich rumov, aky som zatial pil.
So I’m in a fancy restaurant. Of course they’re heavy on whiskey. I asked about the rum and their top shelf is this and Zacapa 23 with which I’m familiar. I ordered an old fashioned and asked for a straight sip of the AE12. Good stuff.
So, this is just first impression and it is quite good and quality rum, one that makes you easy and enough funny and happy...
This rum has a very harsh alcohol taste. I would put it in a tea on a cold rainy day. But otherwise this is a complete miss for me. Add few more bucks and buy something like Mount Gay XO. It might work though, if you are seeking that "alcohol punch". Than again many cheaper bottles have that as well.
Blind tasted this one with Zaya 12, Kirk and Sweeney 12, and Plantation XO 20th anniversary with a few friends. All my friends had this bottom out of the four. I had it second behind Plantation. I found it more complex than the Zaya and K&S with an awesome afterburn on the palate. I think some newer rums are forced sweetened, not being allowed time to mature normally in the barrel.
My 2nd favourite rum - more cognac type, and not too sweet, wonderful aroma, great aftertaste, bold...and nice bottle.
Nice molasses with good body and its well rounded none of the spiky flavour profile that I get with the Signature which is my go to regular Rum. I can detect the difference to the old 12 year but that bottle is long gone and a comparison is no longer an available option
Orangeish brown colour. This rum has a distinctive oak aroma, with melon and honey; there is a clear yet faint ethereal note to the smell. In mouth, it shows the dry woody flavour with a cognac-like feel to it. Roasted nuts in the finish. Medium body with a warming spiciness (nutmeg). A recommendable one for people who prefer drier rums.
I know I'm supposed to like this, as it is pretty much regarded as the benchmark for Jamaican rum, but it's never the first bottle I reach for when I fancy a little drinkie.
The main issues I have with it aside from the price, are that there is too much of the things I'm not that keen on, like oak and alcohol burn, and not enough of the other things I like in a rum, like sweetness, caramel. and a smidgeon of earthiness.
You can drink a few glasses of it, but the first few sips can be a little hot on the tongue. Finish the glass with a glug or indeed, anything more than a sip and you'll be wincing with the alcohol burn.
For the price of it, there a better sipping rums available. (I haven't really used it with a mixer ... I leave that for the likes of the standard mass-market rums.)
It could be that I'm just not that into Jamaican rum :-/ ... I have a tiny bit of the Joy edition left and whilst it is more complex and smoother than the 12-year, similar basic characteristics are there.
Solid blended rum. Nothing special but nothing bad. Pleasant from nose to throat.
Good rhum, never dissapointing. Bought it at discount price, well worth the money. Good on the rocks.
This one is a funky skank! Good think smelly rum with some dank skank flavors! Heyoo!
This is the first rum that was not sweet at all. It has very dark mysterious notes, wood, oak, smoke, burnt chocolate, tobacco its like a strong masculine parfume and I like it a lot.
It is a little bit harsh neath but it does not bother me at all on the contrary it just ads to the whole experience.
It definately has it's purpose! With such a rich smokey, less sweet and caramel flavour it lend its talents perfectly to a 50/50 ginger mix. Bit too harsh to drink on the rocks for my liking though.
Der er ikke meget at sige om denne middelklasse rom
I think I have to compare this to the 8 and 21 year olds. It is way, way better than the 8 and maybe 85%+ as good as the 21. Considering it is normally about 1/4 the price of the 21, that is good going. It makes the most sensible purchase.
Having adored the 21 - it felt like rum heaven to me - and disliked the 8 (very harsh and quite bitter), I wasn't sure whether to risk buying this or not, but I was reassured that it was good and took the plunge. I'm glad that I did. On the nose, we are not far off the 21. It is not quite so seductive, but it's pretty much got most of the same hallmarks and comes over as complex and oaky. In the mouth there is a vague note of the harshness of the 8, but it is no more that that. The rum has several things going on and has a great deal of complexity - much more so than the El Dorado 12, for instance - though that one has other good, enjoyable qualities to make it also deserve a 9. Oak, leather, stewed exotic fruit, caramel, roasted brown sugar - oh, lots of things are present. If you like depth, you won't be disappointed in this. The aftertaste is 90% of that of the 21 - rich, delicious and long-lasting. This rum may well make it onto my list of regular sippers at under £50.