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Abuelo XV Napoleon Cognac Cask Finish rum

Abuelo XV Napoleon Cognac Cask Finish

Panama | Aged

Looking beyond Panama for inspiration, Napoleon is expertly finished in Cognac
casks from France for a deep explosion of ripe autumn fruit with elegant hints of
oak and dark chocolate.

72 ratings
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72 Abuelo XV Napoleon Cognac Cask Finish ratings

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Posted over 4 years ago by Chris from Belgium with 100 ratings

Last one of the finish collection I have tasted.
In glass, it looks sugary and leave streaks but once you taste it, it is more dry ( not too much ) as expected on the noze specially if you have tasted the Olorosso and/or the Tawny Finish before.
Again, like the 2 other ones from the collection, the Abuelo Napoleon is fruity and the kind of finish is easy to find. The aftertaste is quite short but well .. nothing is perferct , right ?
Good job from Abuelo.


Posted 7 months ago by Docsarvis (PREMIUM) from United States with 201 ratings

Great distillery. Another superb rum. Smooth, smooth, smooth. Balanced. So easy to drink. Nice brandy flavor. Some oak and butter notes too. Shorter finish than the sherry cask. Less complex than the sherry cask but really good. Terrific sipper. Slightly better neat than in ice. Bravo Abuelo!

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Posted 7 months ago by Stefan Persson (TASTING CLUB) from Sweden with 227 ratings

Had just a sample for this tasting so it’s just a first impression, but I will probably not dig deeper into it.
It’s produced by Varela Hermanos which is one of the largest, if not the largest, producers in Panama.
The rum is produced of molasses in a four column still then aged in ex-bourbon oak barrels for fourteen years and one year in former cognac barrels whereafter it’s bottled at ABV 40%.
The aroma is dominated by sugar and vanilla. In mouth and palate is it possible to feel that it had been in cognac barrels but much lesser than expected otherwise is it the sugar and vanilla that dominates. The rather short finish taste about the same.
It’s overly sweetened, read somewhere that it was added 35g/l.
I had hard to judge it and stopped at 7-.
Picture: My emptied sample


Posted 4 years ago by Falcon91Wolvrn03 (PREMIUM) from United States with 477 ratings

This is my least favorite of the Abuelo XV's. My favorite is the Tawny, then the Oloroso, then this. But it's good, and to me it beats the Abuelo 12, though none of the Abuelo XV's match the Abuelo Centuria, imho.

Smells and tastes of cognac, spice, leather, oak, and cacao.

Again, a pretty good rum, but if you only try one Abuelo XV, I recommend their Tawny.


Posted almost 5 years ago by Marc Cardinal from Belgium with 400 ratings

Cognac and oak are very present with some fruits notes like peach. Very sweet in mouth with floral aroma on final. Short aftertaste. A good rum to discovery special finish. Plantation will always be my favorite for this kind of work but a good job from Abuelo.


Posted 6 months ago by Nzinni from United States with 1 rating

Smooth start and a depth of flavor that develops over time and a smooth finish. Pleasant bite with no harsh burn. Almost too easy to drink


Posted 9 months ago by M. Geisser from Switzerland with 43 ratings

I like the taste. It‘s sweet but not overly sweet. Nice colour. You can taste the cask pretty well but had Rums with Cognac cask finish that have been better. Would drink again.


Posted over 2 years ago by Giovanni Bomoll from Italy with 37 ratings

Ron Abuelo XV Cognac Cask Bottling Note
An interesting expression from Panamanian Rum range Ron Abuelo - a well-aged expression which has been given a finishing period in casks that previously contained Napoleon Cognac!
Ought to be a fascinating tipple...
Taste of:
caramel, chocolate, apple, vanilla, berries, cognac cask....
Awesome rum, sweet, aromatic, rich flavor,
one of my favorites.


Posted 3 years ago by Joola69 from United States with 2810 ratings

Enjoyed a glass of Ron Abuelo XV Napoleon Cognac Cask edition while vacationing in Amsterdam. I'm surprised Ron Abuelo team did not choose a slightly different bottle design from their regular rums. At least the label design is a bit updated from the usual. Color is deep brown. You get a strong banana flavor to both nose and palate. It is very close to the Plantation 20th Anniversary rum both in nose and palate tests. Hardly any burn due to large sugar contents. My ranking for Special Edition Abuelo Rums is Napoleon (8), Tawny (7), Oloroso (5).


Posted 14 hours ago by Jason from United States with 89 ratings

Oak and sweetness on the nose. Sherry, spices, and molasses on the tongue. Very smooth and dry finish. Very tasty and I’ll be looking forward to the next time I can find this one.