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The smell that greets you is fantastic. Very enticing and makes you want to dive in. My first impression was butterscotch. A very smooth rum and easy to sip (which is my favorite way to enjoy!).
Love this Rum.... Molasses and butterscotch, sweet and smooth, flavorful from start to finish! Put this on your top shelf and enjoy!
I'm personally very torn between a 9 and a 10 for this one. It's one of the best I've tried in my life. Its color is deep and it's flavors of honey, toffee, caramel, and it's aroma is almost of butterscotch.
This rum is tremendous. Unique, smooth and enjoyable to the last drop.
wonderful aroma, even greater in the mouth.
This rum blows me away.
I need to find another bottle, this one won't last long.
Light molasses flavor, well balanced rum.. if you like rum with a bit of burn on the back, try the perpetual. I prefer fruity, molasses rums. Cheers !!!
Excellent aroma. An unique. Full taste with touch of coffee, almond or chocolate. I am totally surprised with such a good taste.
Early on in my rum search, I made the mistake of buying Don Q Gran Anejo, which inspired my strict self imposed limit of $50 per bottle. So what would it take for me to take the risk up to a much higher cost? Based upon my top 5, the older version of El Dorado 12 seemed like the best choice, but I was not as pleased with their ED15 and was not about to risk the bucks on ED21. My Dictador 12 had slowly worked it's way up into my top 5 and I also found out that it can be considered dry for a minimal amount of added sugar. It obtains it's sweetness from the barrels that were used to age aguardiente. I then began reading reviews on more pricey Dictador rums and chose their XO Insolent.
Since this was a candidate for my rating of a 10, I had to compare it side by side in Glencairn glasses with two others. My only rum that I rated as a 10 had to be one of them and the Dictador 12 had to be the other one. So essentially, I was comparing the overly sweetened (but very well done) Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva to the dry Dictadors at 5 gpl or less added sugar.
Update 06APR18: My XO Insolent has been resting in its darkened bottle for almost 30 days now. Trying it again, it has proven itself to be a leader of the pack! IT REALLY NEEDS TIME TO BREATHE IN THE BOTTLE TO BRING OUT IT"S FLAVORS!!! After letting it rest in it's bottle, I seriously doubt that I could find a better rum with minimal added sugar.
By the way, good rums improve in taste after opening, but most only get worse after opening. This is truly the ultimate test. No one should make a bad judgment on a rum after only the first taste unless it is totally disgusting with no chance for improvement after being allowed to breathe.
Any time that I took the chance in spending more than $55 on a bottle of rum, there was less than a 30% chance that it would wind up with my rating of an 8 or higher. This is quite sad really.
Update August 10, 2019: I now have all three of my favorite rums from Dictador and side by side comparison were made this afternoon. What sets this one apart from the Dictador 20 is it's complex finish. Is this worth an extra $35 US per bottle over the 20 year? That is up to you. The 20 year is almost a totally different rum than the 12 year. And yes, these are solera rums with no true aging!
Update October 13, 2019: My curiosity got the best of me this morning. I used this premium rum with it's coffee notes added to a cup of my normally great coffee. I used 3 TBS of ground Central American Arabica dark roast coffee to 2.5 cups of water. Once brewed, I add 2 tsp of demerara cane sugar sugar and 2 tsp of creamer. One ounce of this rum was added for finish to the tune of about $4 US per ounce. It put my normally great tasting coffee over the top, but not enough to justify the expense. This is a neat sipper only!
Dictador XO Insolent est mon rum préféré. Parfait équilibre entre caramel, vanille, café et anis avec un telle douceur qu'il n'y a pratiquement pas de "afterburn". J'adore...
Very good taste, aroma and like to drink with friends.
Con un buen hielo grande, nada más...Just one big ice, no more. After taste this Dictador XO insolente you can not keep drinking bad rum. Be prepared to fight with your wife because you are going to expend a lot of more money every time you go to the liquor store. Best of the best
Absolument indessament bon ! Le meilleur rhum que j'ai goûté.
This rum is amazing from pop of cork to last sip ,
Amazing aroma , vanilla , cinnamon and caramel what a wonderful experience. I shall savour every glass I pour smooth , smooth , smooooooooth . FREAKING AMAZING RUM !!!10 plus
Dictador XO Insolent rum is delicious I give it an easy 10, enough said
After trying a bottle of 20 year solera from Dictador I thought I would give this a go. Unlike the 20 year old, this one has a subtle aroma. It is sweet but the flavor and smoothness is absolutely incredible. A must try.
This is so delicious and it taste a hint of maple as such I want it on pancacks, waffles, French toast.
Waited a long time and read a lot of very good ratings on this piece of liquid gold and it was worth it.
Silk on the tongue, strong on the taste which stays with you even after it is well down your stomach and ZERO burn... WOW
That is really the one I love. Full body, long after taste, perfect rich aroma...
One of my top, very dark in coulor, every sip brings a different note, vanilla, toffee and chocolat but very light. A little more sweet than the perpetual
I strongly recommend
Fantastico Rum Colombiano!! Morbido al palato ed all'olfatto. Sentore di liquerizia molto persistente. Una gioia berlo
Gorgeous deep amber colour. The caramel nose is dominant, making me think it would be too sweet. It wasn't. Smooth. Clean. Just sweet enough Caramel, honey and maybe a touch of vanilla. Definitely a sipping rum. Don't waste it as a mixer. Hard to find in Australia. But worth the search.
This is one of my special treats. Rich and smooth. Lots of rich notes to the nose and mouth.
I had this rum as well as the Dictador Perpetual on my wish list ever since I got a bottle of their 20-year rum at Dorignac's in New Orleans. I found this bottle (and a Perpetual) at Total Wine and More in Jacksonville, FL. I am so glad I got it.
Let's get started...
First off, the color of the rum is a gorgeous mahogany..deep and rich.
Excellent legs and a most wonderful aroma in my snifter.
Then the flavor...
Honesty, no rum in my history of sampling tastes quite like this. I've seen the testing results and this is not a sugared rum but on the outset there is a wonderful subtle sweetness along with the closest-to-perfect vanilla/toffee flavor I have ever tasted. Further sippings give me a little cinnamon/sugar buttery toast flavor. This comes as close to a 10 as I will consider.
Burn? Not even a major warmth. This rum envelopes you in a cozy blanket in the throat. No burn. The finish is a tad dry with the vanilla/toffee flavor even more predominate but not overwhelming.
Whomever is the rum-master behind this specific rum deserves major kudos. I would love to shake his or her hand. AWESOME!!!
Mixing rum? Perish the thought!!!
This is a sipping rum through and through. Nothing else.
Next time I'm in Jacksonville, I am getting at least one more bottle to have on-hand.
If you come across a bottle of this, get it. It's worth every penny of the $100 USD. This is one of the best rums I have ever tasted.
I think I have found my new favorite rum.
Okay...for those of you asking why I didn't give it a 10, let me explain once again...
Personally speaking I cannot give any rum a 10 because I do not believe a perfect rum exists. The late great Vince Lombardi once said, "Gentlemen, we are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process we will catch excellence. I am not remotely interested in just being good."
And this rum embodies what Coach Lombardi meant.