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Now this is some good stuff
I think it's actually 23 years old. It's not grossly sweet. It's dangerously smooth. The flavor is a mixture between the cane and oak it's aged in. The best part is the price. It's an absolute steal at $56!
For comparison, trying it head to head against El Dorado 21, it was superior and half the price.
This rum opens with aromas of vanilla, tannins, and sugar toasted in Irish butter that meld with coconut, banana, and cherry-almond pastry. The palate presents a delicate caramel butter, before a bright warmth leading to rich wood, a little more cherry-almond, then crushed cacao nibs. Delicious dessert notes fade into wood in the finish.
Enjoyed a few glasses of Panama Pacific 23y while in Tucson AZ. $56 a bottle is a steal for a true non Solera 23-Year rum. Bottle and label design look artisanal and unique. Yellowish golden color. Strong oak mixed with mild vanilla and some smokiness to the nose and palate when neat sipped. Very dry and extremely short burn at the end. This is a real 10 for Whisky fan boys.
Smooth, smokey and not too sweet. An experience not to be missed from start smell to lingering end. One of the best in my collection.
$57 out the door at a world famous wine and spirits dealer in southern California. It may seem expensive but when you taste it then do the research or visa versa you will quickly realize its a deal. Fans of smokey Bourbon oak barrel aged rum will not want to pass this up. A true sipper thats prominent on every level from the nose all the way to it's long lingering finish. It's a winner.
Bottled at 42.3
Some alcohol on the nice but then vanilla and caramel.
Not sweet at all so it is a nice change from the standard rums available now.
Little hot in the mouth neat. Trying it with a little ice now.
I tried this at a rum festival, and was very impressed with the smoothness and balance of this offering. It boasted a similar profile to its 9-year old little brother, but amazingly smooth. It's worth noting that this rum is not solera-aged, and the number on the label represents the youngest—not the oldest—rum in the blend. I hope to revisit this bottle soon so I can add some more specific tasting notes. Until then, I'll simply add my strong recommendation, and hope the producers continue to offer such high-quality aged spirits.
Edit 8/2017 - Had the opportunity to re-try this rum. It's very good. Dry and smooth, but still with an oaky bite in the finish. It reminds me rather of Havana Club Selección de Maestros, but with less earth/tobacco. I think it would be a fantastic sipping rum. The flavor plus the story behind it make for a winning combination! Would that it were a little stronger, and a little funkier, but we can't have everything, can we?
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