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Recommendable to most
The new bottle is different to my old expressions. It's so full of cocoa, this has nothing in common with the old blend. I can't taste the heavy and light mix anymore.
I read in another reviews also some notes of chocolate and cocoa. I think all Dictadors have changed, this could be beause they toasted their casks heavier.
This rum has a recognition value but I can't taste the mix of heavy and light rums anymore (it's pot still + column still blend). It needs 30min in the glas until it opens the aromas.
The flavor profile is not very unique anymore, the old one was better.
Smell: cocoa ***, dry fruits **, some vanilla, fruits, caramel
Taste: cocoa, dry fruits (plum, peach), vanilla, wood, caramel, spice
Very nice aftertaste with floral notes
Material: Sugar Cane Honey ( 30% pot still / 70% column still)
Age: 20 years. Solera, but just the angels share (evaporation loss) will be filled up with younger rums (some times ago with same age rums)
Barrels: American oak barrels (bourbon)
Master Blender: Hernan Parra
Value (45€): 3/5 the old value was 3.5/5
For every rum I've tried up to this point, whether I personally enjoyed it or not, I can understand why one may like or dislike it. Even my top picks, what I consider to be hallmark rums. Phraya is earthy. Perfeccion is medicinal. The very reason I like may be the reason someone else dislikes it. But this one... is just so lovable! The nose gives you cocoa, coffee and sweet mukhwas (those pallette-cleansing seeds you have after an Indian meal.) In the mouth there's flavors of chocolate, vanilla and honey, and a big ol' finish of maple! The flavors are strong. The sweetness is gentle. The alcohol does not burn at all. How this rum does harm by anyone is a complete mystery to me...
My son bought this for me for Father's Day (what a great son!). I have never had Dictador Rum before and my first taste I got a rich full flavour of carmel, vanilla and roasted coffee. You don't want to waste this Rum with Pepsi. All this needs is 2 glasses, ice, and my son.
Wenn Du dran riechst, fällst Du in ein tiefes dunkles Fass,
einfach nur fantastisch ! Nicht für Jedermann !
in der Nase: Holz, Leder, dunkle Schokolade, wie beim 12 Y, nur intensiver.
Im Gaumen wird es dann schon komplexer, dazu kommt Kaffee mit Gewürzen
und überraschenderweise Curry, gewöhnungsbedürftig, aber um so länger der Genuss
umso besser wird dieser Rum.
Mein Favorit an kalten Wintertagen, im Sommer zu deftig.
When you smell it, you fall into a deep dark barrel,
Just fantastic! Not for everyone!
In the nose: wood, leather, dark chocolate, as with the 12 Y, only more intense.
In the palate, it becomes more complex and comes with coffee and spices and surprisingly curry,
Need of getting used to, but the longer the enjoyment the better is this rum.
My favorite on cold winter days, in the summer too hearty.
I love to pop the cork on a bottle of Dictador 20 year old and jut smell the aromas wafting upwards. The first you will notice is the strong coffee scent, almost kaluha like that initially greets you. Creamy toffee and banana are interlaced in there as well.
Pouring a glass is a treat with it's dark, rich appearance....swirling the glass produces lovely long legs and more enticing aromas of Coffee, bananas, toffee and tobacco.
A very lovely rum to sip over ice indeed and even mixes very well with coke if you are so inclined.
Alkohol: 40 %
Ochutnán ve srovnávacím testu s D 12, XO Perpetual a XO Insolent.
Aroma: Hutnější a hřejivější verze přímo srovnávaného Dictador 12 yo. Je tu znatelný ústup kávy a vyznění se nám posouvá k hřejivé kořenitosti. Těžší dřevitost, skořice, čokoláda, kakao. (88 b)
Chuť: Kakao, hřejivost koření, lehce se nám ozve mírná nasládlost, ale jen jemně, suchost převládá. Na jazyku příjemně plný, olejnatý dojem, je zrát, že se jedná o vyzrálý rum. (86 b)
Shrnutí: Příznivcům suchého stylu opět velmi doporučeníhodné.
This Dictador is priced at about halfway between Dictador 12 and Dictador XO Insolent. So I needed to find out if it is worth the extra money over the 12 and is it almost as good as the XO Insolent? The answer to both questions is "YES!!!". The flavors are much more pronounced than the 12 and comparing side by side almost makes the 12 seem like a bourbon. Since this company also sells coffee and stores the beans in the barrels used to age these rums, coffee dominates the taste. You will either love these rums or hate them. I happen to love them. Great taste with no added sugars.
Since this is the second most expensive rum that I have ever purchased ($65), I consider it and it's older brother XO Insolent at $96 to be reserved for special occasions. I am glad that I bought a whole bottle to test side by side against the 12 rather than try one ounce at a bar and rely on my memory of what the 12 tasted like. These two are not even close in comparison to taste.
After only 5 days of opening this bottle and comparing it to my other highly rated rums, I have no choice except to raise my initial rating from a 9 to a 10! However, if you hate coffee, you will disagree with me on this one. This one for me is a $65 bottle of perfection in a rum. I would not hesitate to buy this one again on a regular basis. Only 25% of the rums that I have rated here fall into this category of repeat purchases being justified.
Update August 10, 2019: I now find myself with all three of my favorites: Dictador 12, Dictador 20, and Dictador XO Insolent. Time for side by side comparisons neat. This one makes the Dictador 12 seem like Angostura 1919. which is a good thing, but still not up to the level of the finest Dictadors. This is still damn good rum worthy of my 10 rating, but it lacks the refined finish of the Dictador XO Insolent. If that finish is worth an extra $35 US per bottle to you, then go for it.
You should say, from its bottle, that it will be very good rum. But that is not true sadly. This rum have a quite good taste, but it longs just a few seconds and it´s gone. That´s a shame, from 20yo rum...
All Dictador regular range is very good
I have tasted claro 100, orange 100, 12 y, 20 y, xo insolent and xo perpetual
Amazing taste - rich, balanced, smooth. Likely one of the best on nose. Seductive dried fruits, coffee, vanilla and still not too sweet with cool oak notes.
If you hate things that are amazing then you can stop reading here...
Still with me? Okay, this rum is spectacular. It's packed with flavor and has a long smooth finish. I'll admit their ad campaigns look like terrible 90's perfume ads but the rum itself is great!
Nose: Honey, coffee, and a little bit of oak and spices
Taste: Carmel, honey, maple, and fruit. This thing is practically dessert
According to rum-geek D.N. Bascunan, the reason that Dictador rums all have that weird licorice/coffee profile is because most of the time they bottle Colombian aguardiente, which is heavily anise-infused. When they get around to bottling their rum, that anise flavor is still in the pipes and it doesn't go away. The result: flavored rum...licorice and coffee, to be exact. Hard to take this rum seriously. Weird taste, too sweet, one-dimensional. No thank you.
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