Thanks so much for submitting a report. It has been emailed to the Rum Captain and will be actioned shortly.
Recommendable to most
Had just a sample for this tasting so it’s just a first impression, but there will not be any further testing.
Cihuatan Reserva Especial 12 is produced by distillery Licorera Cihuatán in Cihuatan valley, El Salvador.
It’s a Solera probably with a quite young average age in my opinion.
The sugar mill Ingenio La Cabana provides the molasses used in Ron de El Salvador Cihuatans rums. The rum is produced on a multi column still and then aged in ex-bourbon barrels before bottling at ABV 40%.
The only aroma that was detectable was alcohol, bad alcohol. In mouth and palate it didn’t taste that bad instead vanilla dominates, but it was also possible to recognize caramel. The short finish tasted the same. It’s sweetened but not overly, I read somewhere that it was 19g/l.
Can’t recommend this rum.
Picture: My emptied sample.
A strange rum and in my opinion not a very one good.
Nose is kind of bad and smells like very strong alcohol and some other bad smell that I don’t know what it is.
On the palate it’s the classic vanilla and sugar taste, but it also tastes like they have mixed it with perfume or something.
A chemical taste in my opinion.
First note is the lime to your nose. It reminds me of Revolte rum and of caipirinha.
It's like this rum was stored in clay barrels. There is not much wood influence in the blend.
I know this flavors from very young blends, but this one should be 12y old.
I could imagine it's around 5-7y old, there is not much rum inside that is 12y old. Or the dilution was too high, but if there is no added sugar, it's quite mild.
The taste is a little bit more complex than the nose, with some more flavors. But still young and watery with very thin flavors. Lime is the dominant aroma, caipirinha, vanilla, some young wood and a little bit stainles steel are in the blend. Maybe this rum was chilled in a steel pot?
Quite mild and thin overall, therefore 66 points.
Nose: lime, stainles steel, citurs, some vanilla (quite simple)
Taste: watery, lime, caipirinha with a sour note and some sweetness, vanilla
Middle: lime, stainles steel, vanilla, sugar cane
Finish: spice, lime, some young wood, vanilla
Value (39€): 2/5
Nice nose with sugar cane, pineapple, oak and some spices. On the palate you can taste the added artificial sugar, also with spices, oak and sugar cane as well as pineapple. In the finish, some oak with tannins, spices and extra sugar crumbs. Most likely old, often used barrels were used. I don't particularly like the rum, it's too straightforwardly sweet.
Schöne Nase mit Zuckerrohr, Ananas, Eiche und etwas Gewürzen. Am Gaumen schmeckt man den zugesetzten, künstlichen Zucker, auch mit Gewürzen, Eiche und Zuckerrohr sowie Ananas. Im Abgang widerum etwas Eiche mit Tanninen, Gewürzen und extra Zuckerkrümeln. Wahrscheinlich wurden überwiegend alte, oft benutzte Fässer verwendet. Mir gefällt der Rum nicht besonders, er ist zu geradlinig süß.
Beats me. Right after opening there is little to no nose except for a scent I can only describe as wet cardboard. After 10 minutes that is mostly gone and apart from vanilla and oaky notes I get something that reminds me of a sweet perfume rather than a drink. Not bad but I have to push myself start sipping this. It tastes better than it smells and though way too smooth for my taste at least the Cihuatan has enough character to stay upright. The taste remains more perfume than specific fruits or flowers, the alcohol 'bite' is just enough to help not noticing the sugar too much.
At the end I get, like another reviewer also mentioned, vague notes of (slightly scorched) PVC. All in all too sweet and otherwise not my style of rum. They go here for €45-50 and I see nothing to justify that.
Easily access Rumratings while on the go by adding a shortcut to your home screen. All you have to do is click the icon and then Add the RumRatings App