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This now completes having rums from every country in South America that borders the Caribbean. I tend to forget about those because cruise ships rarely dock there.
The aroma and taste is of toffee with no after burn. The box describes many more flavors, but that is stretching things a bit at first. Give it time and it becomes a gem! This one exceeded my expectations because I was not prepared to like it at all. It was initially rated by me as a 7 because I would not admit to myself that a $38 bottle of aged Columbian rum could not only make it to my top ten, but also become a new all time favorite with all of it's exotic flavors. A wonderful rum that is now in my top five and also has no added sugar!!!
As for a lot of complaints on the coffee taste, this company also sells coffee and stores the beans in these barrels. They also use these barrels to age aguardiente, which explains the sweetness with no added sugar. There is nothing artificial here. This rum also inspired me to try their 20 year solera as well as their XO Insolent. Both of those rums are even better than this one. However, if you hate the taste of coffee, then stay away from Dictador rums. With the USA's obsession with Starbucks, I don't see how anyone can hate the taste of coffee. As for me, I like my own very strong Central American Arabica coffee, which is pretty darn close to Columbia in distance. Columbian coffees are just too tame for me, so this explains why it makes great flavoring for these rums.
Update August 10, 2019: I now have all three of my favorite rums from Dictador for side by side comparisons. This one is still rated as a 9, but it now also reminds of the very best from Angostura, which is their 1919. It only remotely compares to Dictador 20 and is a long way from comparing to Dictador XO Insolent. Since this one is only $38 US, it could also be used to keep from dipping into it's two more expensive brothers.
Do not be confused by the dark bottle, it hides an excellent rum. The aroma of chocolate, coffee, nuts... smooth nose. The taste then presents a soft bitter sweet tone, you feel both chocolate and coffee. In the throat you feel only smooth and pleasant warmness. The afterburn keeps on long and is really fine.
I am looking forward to trying the Insolent one.
Voici un très bon rhum très doux,
Au nez, il est sur la vanille et l'amande. En bouche, on retrouve la douceur de la vanille et le miel. La finale est longue et agréable :)
A conseiller !!
On the nose it's almost like a coffee liquor. Taste is honey-sweet (but not too much) with coffee and chocolate. Definitely different too anything I've tasted so far, which I consider positive. Makes me curious about the 20y...
Schöne Flasche. Riecht nach caramel. Im Geschmack etwas viel Holznote.
I love most things from Dictador, and this is a fine introduction to the line. Can be a sipper, but also will go well in a mixed drink.
I've been looking out for Dictador rums for a few years but they seem fairly rare in the UK. Finally got my hands on some of the 12yr and it didn't disappoint! Good rich, dark colour with an amazing nose that's well rounded and strong without any hint of the harshness you'll find in most
Dictador 12 is not a bad rum. It's definitely on the sweet side, which doesn't have to be a bad thing, but I think that here the sweetness is overdone and mutes some of complexity that this rum could offer. As a result, it comes across like a starbucks mocha with four pumps of honey. (Tasting notes, in case you didn't pick up on that: honey, chocolate and coffee, in that order.)
Now that is capable of satisfing plenty of people I'm sure, but if you're considering shelling out the $55 dollars for this rum, spend the extra $20 and go for the Dictador 20 year. The difference is night and day. Once again: 12 is not bad, but given a little more time, it becomes something far greater, which is absolutely worth a few bucks.
The most dominant aroma is a combination with leather and wood turning into a nice mix of walnut and caramel. Below this you have dried raisins super dark grinded coffee, chocolate and a decent sweetness. Keeps a certain heat in your stomach.
First off, it is a wonderfully smooth rum with a good kick of alcohol in the tail, that gives a good length. It also helps prevent what is quite a sweet rum from being cloyingly sweet. And for me it is that sweetness that is its biggest fault. That's being a tad harsh, as in the scheme of things, there are far sweeter rums than this. It does detract a bit from the wonderful and multi-dimensional nose dominated by honey and coffee notes, which carries onto the palate.
A really good rum, that is just a wee bit too sweet for me.
Those Rum connoisseurs who like to stock the well with "a cut above" need not look any further. This 12 Y.O. Dictador is very tasty and can be consumed straight up when necessary. My favorite all round rum considering price and flavour. I mean really; 10 bucks for this smooth baby?
Surprisingly tasty rum, acceptably sweet but still without added sugar. Nice but maybe strong cofee aroma. Bettee to leave poured in a glass before sipping. Finally one of my favourite rums, moreover for a reasonable price.
Compared to 20y it was quite disappointing experience. Not complex enough, kinda lacking afterburn, too much coffee (even I'm ok with it).
Eine wunderbare Komposition.
Da zieht es einem die Nase ins Glas ! Im positiven Sinn !
Holz, Leder, dunkle Schokolade,
im Gaumen kommt noch Kaffee und Baumnuss (Walnuss) dazu.
Herrlich langer Abgang.
Super für einen kalten Winterabend.
A wonderful composition.
Then it pulls your nose into the glass! In the positive sense!
Wood, leather, dark chocolate,
In the palate there is still coffee and walnut.
Wonderful long finish.
Great for a cold winter evening.
Voici un rhum très sympa aux arômes de café, tiramisu. Il n'est pas sucré c'est un rhum plutôt sec sans acidité, l'alcool est présent sans être envahissant. En finale on retrouve le café sur des notes plus douces et toujours sans le côté grillé. Cependant, c'est un rhum fabriqué et bricolé par l'ajout de tout un tas de choses pas très naturelles....
Es un Ron dulce ideal para mezclarlo con refresco, tiene toques de vainilla.
My favorite has been Plantation XO for a while, and this rum gets pretty close. Very smooth, slightly less body than the Plantation. A little bit more alcohol smell but not overpowering. I would purchase again.
Flavours are amazing in this one and have a real depth... Lovely smell and taste on the rocks aa
Mir gefällt dieser Rum sehr gut. Hat eine leicht merkliche Kaffeenote die zusammen mit der leichten Süße einen wunderbar runden Geschmack ergibt. Dieser Rum landet in meiner Bar!
Un rhum assez doux. Bonne longueur en bouche.
Très agréable pour tous.
An tasty rum coffe and cacao flavour cuban cigar. Best served on the rocks.
Un rom foarte distins, cu o aroma deosebita. Se simt nuante foarte puternice de tabac si cafea, spre final se simt arome de citrice si miere. Merita incercat.
Toujours débutant en dégustation de rhum, je dois dire que c'est celui qui me reste en bouche le plus longtemps. Très bon gout épicé et doux qui se prolonge encore et encore. Très agréable et pas du tout agressif. A découvrir pour tout nouvel adepte dans ce monde du rhum !
Tant par sa bouteille noire que par l originalite de son gout.ce rhum tant par sa bouteille originale que don gout atypique est a avoir en tant que collectionneur.son nez tres puissant sur des notes d anis et surtout de cafe.ces notes se confirment en dehustation.cerhum est doux sec et se rapproche presque d un wisky.le cafe prend le dessus et c est agreable.ce n est pas mon prefere mais il vous fera voyager au pays du cafe: la colombie. Note 7.2.
This rum has notes of coffee, honey, smoke, cinnamon, oak, vanilla, spice, and rubber. It's a little dry for a rum, which is fine, but it also feels a little harsh to me, as do most of the Dictador rums. I'm not sure if it's just me that notices this; maybe it's the spice? Good, but not one of my favorites.