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Angostura 1919 rum is produced in Trinidad by blending a combination of light and heavy molasses distilled rums. These rums spend at least 8 years aging in American oak bourbon barrels.
The name Angostura "1919" refers to the event in 1932 when Angostura's distillery was destroyed by fire. Miraculously, a handful of barrels filled with rum from 1919 survived and were purchased by J.B. Fernandes - the master blender of Fernandes Distillers.
Tasty, but not quite great
On the nose a slight touch of vanilla which is nice.
Palate is smooth and unoffensive. Very sweet.
A Good beginners "Premium" Rum
Truly, one of my favourite rums.
1919, the bottle says it all really (no seriously, it has a whole story and the tasting notes - it really does make mention of most reviewable material). Not considerably sweet, but never diving into the bitter at any given time. Not quite subtle tastings of vanilla, toffee and a sprig of tobacco leaf, the flavour body is present, with a very similar nose. Smoother than Angostura's other fare, there is a noticeable chest burn that doesn't formulate from the throat. The best way to savour is not to keep it on the tongue, but relish the aftertaste - which is heavily vanilla and toffee.
Texture wise, easy to stir, low viscosity, not really reaching the water mark as it were, but aspiring to it. Almost like sucking on a butterscotch, but with more enthusiasm to make it less thick. A lighter golden colour sans ice is given way to a lovely dark caramel with ice.
Overall an 8 because it does Caribbean rum well (maybe it's a bit too smooth, but people like that) Nice nose, texture and taste, this one is a shelf regular.
Disclaimer: I taste (and drink) all my alcohol (mostly rum) seco, i.e. straight, no ice. If you wish to use this as a mixed drink, please look at another review (which you should be doing anyway, I'm just one man with a subjective palate after all) for a more complete reference.
To be fair, this was one of my favourites, when I started drinking rum, around 12 years ago. Slightly harsh, taste of vanilla and caramel with a little afterburn. Slightly expensive for an 8 year old, but not overly expensive. Over the years, however, I’ve found numerous rums of a similar price that are so much better than this one. Kirk and Sweeney 12 yr old, for example, is normally cheaper, but is on a different level.
Rhum "tout doux", sur des arômes grillés, sans agressivité. Peut-être pas un grand rhum, mais un bon rhum.
A sweet rhum, with roadster flavours. Very pleasant, even if not a "great rhum".
This rum is strange to me. At one time I love it when I start sipping some and at other times it just aint good enough for me. I can't figure out why!
This is a versatile rum that works well as a sipper or mixer. Personally, I like dry rums that are not too sweet and this meets that criteria from the Angostura offering (it’s older brothers are too sweet and the No. 1 Sherry Cask is too expensive for the quality). I’d have this over the rest any day.
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