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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!
“ Honey, that’s amazing” my gal said as she handed me back my Norlan glass half filled with this rich and luxurious rum. Strong scents of maple,oak, cinnamon and honey with a nice little heat at the end. My gal knows her shit, give this rum a try!
Can't make up my mind about this one. It's a good rum, but I've had better and for the price I don't think I can recommend it. That said, if you're splashing out or buying a gift, it is a decent rum and I enjoyed the taste.
This is my first Colombian rum , what a great start ! Nice presentation box and cool looking bottle.
After uncorking , the first aroma is coffee.. this is a definite leave in the glass for 20mins rum.
Upon tasting i find toffee , coffee , licorice and milk chocolate , absolutely fantastic taste. Then with a teaspoon of filtered water added it changes down a bit to more floral tones plus a lot of honey coming through.. no burn just a wonderful warm mouth feel , not too much aftertaste but still very nice.
How this rum is so sweet without a ton of sugar added is amazing ? I hope its the real deal.. Maybe the re charring of the barrels is the secret ? Great idea anyhow..
Its expensive but truly worth it , could of been my first 10.. and still might be after further tastings.
I will be searching out more Dictador and other Colombian rums. Cheers...
Love this Rum.... Molasses and butterscotch, sweet and smooth, flavorful from start to finish! Put this on your top shelf and enjoy!
Mere af de gode sager fra dictador. Fortsat mit favorit mærke
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 !!!
Delicious... smooth with sweet toffee, mocha and vanilla.
Part of Rum Calendar 2016: very nice scent of caramel, well balanced, delicate, but a bit thin and a short aftertaste.
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
truly unique is that toward the end they dump the Insolent barrels, re-toast the wood, and then refill them with the previously dumped rum. The final product is one of the finest rums you’ll ever drink.
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.
Prachtige kleur, zoete zwoele geur van karamel en zoete mandarijn.
Toch ook wel alcohol die op de voorgrond treed.
jammer ook weer in de hogere prijsklasse.
Well over 1,800 aged rums tasted during the past 15 years and I had very high expectations on the Dictador rum family. The XO Insolent has plenty going on flavorwise, but ultimately it is all coffee and then some more coffee. If you like coffee, you will absolutely go crazy after this rum. It is very smooth and there is no afterburn at all.
I really wanted to like this but I don't like the tobacco and coffee that dominate the flavour profile. It isn't particularly rich,sweet or complex but instead feels quite thin in the mouth. It just doesn't balance well for me. At this price the zacapa xo wins every time. I'm sure it'll taste great drowned in coke though. I just like my rum neat and this doesn't cut it.
Dictador XO Insolent rum is delicious I give it an easy 10, enough said
Its a very good rum but very similar to D20y that cost the half. I tasted these rums side by side. It is bit more sweet than 20y, but still Coffee, caramel, vanilla. Good choice
wonderful aroma, even greater in the mouth.
This rum blows me away.
I need to find another bottle, this one won't last long.
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...
Firme, balanceado y elegante, tiene notas intrigantes de intensidad que sorprenden y deleitan. Miel dulce y especias con carácter se envuelven en un cálido toque ahumado. Cítricos, frutas tropicales maduras y caramelo entre notas de tabaco y pasas. El largo, suave y relajante final es complejo y fascinante - un sinnúmero de influencias que terminan con notas sutiles de turba.
Creme Brûlée in a bottle!! This rum is truly a sipping treat.
Poured a deep amber. Lighter than I expected. Incredible nose. I got an intense roasted chestnut aroma. Wonderful depth of flavor as the glass set. Initial tasting was a lucious butterscotch as it warmed it seemed to take on a bit of a smoky character followed by a rich fudge profile. One of the best I have tried to date.
better then the Perpetual but similar flavors and undertones
Not my favorite, complex but unbalanced. Better on the nose than on the lips. Bitterness that I can't place but definitely nutty with wood taste with aroma of sweetness. I will pass on buying another bottle.