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I was hesitant to buy this one based on many reviews comparing it to bourbon.Yes, it is a dry rum with no added sugar, but it is nothing at all like a bourbon. With me hating Don Q Gran Anejo, this was another barrier to keep me from trying this one. So I told myself that it's only money and priced at $36 US, so I brought this puppy home. I was anticipating a 7 rating.
The aroma is uncharred oak. The taste is pure rum with very little flavor because it is dry. The after taste is where it shines. My goodness! It is uncharred oak combined with flavors of pure rum with no after burn. That after taste just lingers. This is the third rum that I tried today and lucky me, all three rated as an 8! (I don't count Don Q Gold that I rated early this morning as a 4 because the price difference is huge...I hate the term price point because it sounds like toast points).
Initially, a nice flavor. Not a strong oak or molasses flavor. Went from a 5.5 to 6.5 on my scale when I finally caught the molasses.
I bought it for my collection, tried before, not a big fan, but my OCD makes me buy stuff for my collection I don’t really need though, like the 2007 I just bought
Last drink for tonight was a Don Q Signature Release Single Barrel 2005 edition. Hard to find bottle. Very light golden color. Woody notes to the nose. Very much whisky like to the throat. Not a typical flavorful aged rum in my books, but will be very good for a whisky lover.
Not too sweet, spicy with a hint of oak. Very pleasant nose that only got better with a few drops of water.
Very nicely don Don Q. Most of their line contains rums meant for mixing and that is it but their vintage single barrel rum product offers a really nice rum to be enjoyed straight out of the bottle. Catch it if you can because they are selling out fast. At only 3000 bottles distributed in the US, believe, they won't last as the 2007 vintage is already available. Priced between $38-$50, it isn't a cheap rum by any stretch of the imagination, but well worth it in my opinion. Great for rum collectors to add to their collection as well as those who seek a complex and smooth rum to enjoy time and time again!
I had first tried the 2007 vintage and got a hold of this one later, it's much different overall. This is lighter in color and tastes a bit younger IMO but that may not be the case. It's not ur typical light sweet alcohol background that you would expect from Don Q, there is a bit more bite and the finish is like a Bajan rum with a banana/coconut tropical fruit like flavor. It reminds me of Doorly's 8 year. The 2007 in comparison is more like a Spanish style rum with prominent oak tannins in the way of Pampero Anniversario RE or even Ron Del Barrilito. This is good natural rum. Update: still good and fruity woth some apple like flavor, there is some kind of funk i don't love tho.
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