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Well over 400 aged rums tasted during the past 15 years and I had very high expectations on the Dictador rum family. The XO Perpetual has plenty going on flavorwise, but there isn't anything clearly identifiable beyond the tobacco leafs and coffee. Afterburn is surprisingly strong for a top end rum. XO Insolent is better in all categories.
Back to solera rum for these both Dictador rum from Columbia. Time for Perpetual : Same beautiful dark color. The coffee, vanilla, honey, caramel and chocolate are present. This one is drier with a more robust body. The finish is also long. Dictador made two different rum with one dry , and the insolent more softer. This one should be better for rum connoisseur. To be also into your collection.
Way back in May of this year I wrote my thoughts on the Dictador XO Insolent rum giving it a well-deserved 9. I made that bottle last until now so I FINALLY broke out my bottle (poor choice of words) of Dictador XO Perpetual. And I ask myself, "What took you so long?!?"
If you read my review of the Insolent you are going to find me repeating myself in several areas. With that said...or written...let me get started.
I got this along with the Insolent at Total Wine and More in Jacksonville, FL.
As with the Insolent rum the Perpetual also is a deep and rich mahogany color with excellent legs and a fantastic aroma in my snifter. I swear I detect the hint of cinnamon and vanilla.
As with the Insolent rum the Perpetual is also not a sugared rum. However there is an initial sweetness to it that quickly changes to a tannin-driven slight dryness. A very perplexing but delightful balance.
I also detect toffee, coffee, and vanilla with a hint of cinnamon so apparently my olfactory system seems to be working.
I do like this rum. A lot.
I do notice similarities between my impressions of this rum as compared to the Dictador XO Insolent rum.
Which means I will need to do a side-by-side tasting to try to figure out, in my own weird way, what are the differences between the two rums.
Oh, if I only had another bottle of the Insolent rum.
I had a nice long weekend in St. Augustine before Hurricane Matthew about a month ago and stayed at the Edgewater Inn (wonderful motel at the end of the Lion Bridge -- sadly they received a lot of damage and are currently closed until repairs can be made -- I do plan on going back) and my wife and I drove up to Jacksonville to replenish some rums I found I really, really like but cannot get locally. Of course I got another bottle of the Dictador XO Perpetual and Insolent rums.
So I will soon be having a little side-by-side comparison with my thoughts appending both reviews.
Stay tuned, campers!
And this rum embodies what Coach Lombardi meant.
Ceva deosebit.. Exclusivist și rafinat. Un rom super premium dacă se poate numi așa. Am rămas plăcut impresionat. Merită 10 fără nicio îndoială dar mai există și INSOLENT-ul care chiar este 10.
Absolutelly a good choice. A very different rum, it's a masterpiece.
Dictador XO Perpetual
Notation Personnel : 8/10 .
Alkohol: 40 %
Ochutnán ve srovnávacím testu s D 12, D 20 a XO Insolent.
Aroma: Ve vůni se nám vrací ke kávě a oproti Insolentu nám mizí lékořice. Koňakové tóny, hřebíček, hutná kůže, čokoláda. Přijde mi podobný D 20. V druhé vlně se vynoří hřejivost koření, hutnost je ještě o kousek dál a je tu i větrovost.(89 b)
Chuť: V chuti mi přijde o kousek zajímavější, než D 20 i Insolent. Je o něco plnější, kořenitější. Hřebíček, rumové pralinky. Bez sladkosti, jinak klasicky pro tuto značku koňak a čokoláda.(87 b)
Shrnutí: Značka se drží svého stylu, jede si to své a dělají to dobře.
The rum is excellent. it has a strong smell that continues into the body of Vina walnut. Perpetual is very smooth, with a silky finish that lasts and gives away aromas of vanilla and nut. My wife says she can feel also coffee and dark chocolate hints.
Very strong coffee taste and aftertaste. It's not necessarily bad, just really weird. Also, it's a little too boozy and not in a good way. This is a decent $25 rum. What's that you say? It sells for $100??!! Wow...
First impression is that you have buy a high quality rum. Provided with a very beaytiful packaging, you are not dissappointed when you open the bottle. Once served in your glass, you can admire the dark brown color of this devine liquid. In the mouth,you will find a taste of coffee with a little bit of toffee. The aftertaste is quite long. This rum is well balanced. Really a good one. The next one to taste will be his little Insolent brother ... Yummy !!!
Шоколад, фундук и грецкие орехи. Мёд. Нотка ванили...
Один из самых любимых ромов.
С хорошей сигарой, получается фантастический дуэт!
This is simply a fantastic and smooth rum.
In my opinion the Insolent is marginally better but if anyone asked me which one they should buy I'd tell them to buy both.
Trochu více kořeněný a hlavně hodně ořechový. Měl jsem možnost ochutnat a musím říct, že něco podobného jsem zatím ještě nepil. Nicméně lahodný, sic těžší rum.
N- Toasted spices, herbs with molasses mix, nose warming and well mellow nature on letting the quite lovely aroma to whiff thru effortlessly. Catch the warm brownie, sticky sponge cake with maple syrup. A fine breakfast rum that breath well in the glass with broader spices, herb, chocolate and muskiness developed. (86/20)
P- Good indeed, sour fruit with right dose of caramel sweetness for suffices mouthfeel, well sphere with mellow spices with candle wax at the tail. Rounded. (87/21)
F- Medium-long, relatively low on strength at basic 40% but finely warm. Drift of pencil shavings along mannered oak present at this stage, with depth and body to justified as a premium releases. (88/22)
B/B- 88/22, Still a solera, so probably some youngster in the vat, but well crafted.
Weighted Rate- 85pt
— at The Rum Bar KL.
It doesn't have the maple of the Insolent, but still delicious.
This rum is so nice to sit back and enjoy. So smooth and full of flavour. A definite must have
Eindeutig einer meiner Favoriten.
Sehr ausgewogen im Geschmack mit perfekt eingebauter Süsse, die perfekt zu den holzig würzigen Aromen passt.
Genau so mag ich meinen Rum, Schluck für Schluck.
Apparently this rum is aged in bourbon barrels. Slightly more mellow on the nose than the 20 Yr, but VERY similar scent profile. Almost indistinguishable. Still has lots of apples/pears, and alcohol on the nose. The taste is by far the best of the three Dictator rums I've tried. The bourbon aging seems to mellow it out, has added a lot of complexity, and is very rich. Had this side by side with ED21, and although they are completely different, this is right there in the same class. However, looking at internet prices, this bottle typically costs between $100-$120. In that case, I'd probably choose the ED21 or a couple bottles of Diplomatico Exclusiva. 92+?
This rum has some very unusal qualities - sio much so that I reckon a lot of regular rum drinkers could easily pick this out in a blind taste test - perhaps even in a smell test.
On the nose - oak, tobacco, vague hint of roasted fruit
On the tongue - coffee and bitter walnut, a little dark chocolate, leather, oak and tobacco, dried fruit in the background and a little molasses.
After-taste - quite harsh on the tongue with a strong burn. Plenty going on but I did not enjoy the after-taste as much as the smell or the taste and so for me it loses marks there.
For those who've not tried it, it's perhaps a little like La Hechicera, but not smooth as that and stronger in the aftertaste. Also it doesn't quite have the sweet background taste of that rum.
It's expensive and I'd honestly prefer quite a few other rums at half the price.
Öffne meine alte Flasche Perpetual zum 250. Rating, ich finde das eine gute Gelegenheit.
Schöns kupferfarbenes Mahagoni im Glas.
In der Nase typisch Dictador, dieses tiefe, dunkle das einem hineinzieht und nicht mehr loslässt. Ein Fass voller Walnüsse die mit Lakritze umhüllt und mit reinstem Kakao bepudert sind, ein Lederbeutel mit karamellisierten Tabakblätter, Birnen, Pflaumen, Mirabellen...…..
Im Gaumen weich wie Watte. Zart wie Seide umschmeicheln die Aromen die Geschmacksknospen. Schoko-Drops gefüllt mit starkem Espresso, stark getoastetem Holz übergossen mit stark gebranntem Karamell, Lakritze, Kardamom, Toffee.....
Im Abgang der Immerwährend ist, Holz, Kakao, Kaffee, Leder, Gewürze, Früchte.... bleiben für immer auf der Zunge kleben.
Dictador, aussergewöhnlich, interessant und komplex. Ein deftiger Rum für Geniesser an kalten Wintertagen, nichts für Einsteiger und Süss-Rum-Lovers. 9+
Open my old bottle of Perpetual for the 250th rating, I think it's a good opportunity.
Beautiful copper-coloured mahogany in a glass.
In the nose typical Dictador, this deep, dark one pulls you in and does not let go any more. A barrel full of walnuts covered with liquorice and powdered with pure cocoa, a leather bag with caramelized tobacco leaves, pears, plums, mirabelle plums..........
Soft as cotton wool on the palate. As delicate as silk, the aromas caress the taste buds. Chocolate drops filled with strong espresso, strongly toasted wood poured over with strongly burnt caramel, liquorice, cardamom, toffee.....
In the finish the everlasting is, wood, cocoa, coffee, leather, spices, fruit.... remain stuck forever on the tongue.
Dictador, extraordinary, interesting and complex. A hearty rum for connoisseurs on cold winter days, not for beginners and sweet rum lovers. 9+
Približne to, čo som očakával. Chuť karamelu, vanilky a čokolády.
Taste 7/10. Some semi-dry, very little sweetness & after that a complex and not my style taste like cognac style (maybe?) with medium (but not much) burn, also i can taste the age of this rum not fake as some cheap soleras. If you let it in glass for 15-20 minutes is better and you taste also the spiciness and warm coffe-chocolate. Insolent must be better but not great even and for this price....
I’m not a fan. I can admire the overall structure and I can see why this rum is so well regarded. But for me it’s overriding butterscotch and toffee. On the nose and palate and forever in length. I do get other things going on but I don’t have a sweet tooth. I have great friends who love toffee. It’s simply not for me. Foursquare is rather more in my line.
Not sweet what's good. Coffee taste. But flat taste in mouth. It doesn't offend but also it is not the best rum. Still very good.
Rich brown color and a sweet aroma of coffee and caramel. The first sip is very enjoyable, with a bit of sweetness with coffee and toffee that leads to a long finish with hints of anise and dark chocolate that brings you back for more.