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Flor de Caña 18-Year Centenario Gold Rum is produced in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua. The rum is crafted using column stills and is then aged for 18 years.
The 18-year variety is the oldest rum produced by Flor de Caña, a brand owned by Grupo Pellas and founded in 1890 Francisco Alfredo Pellas. A 5th generatino Pellas family member still runs the company today.
Well, it's been left too long to mature in the barrel shifting the whole balance of flavour to a disappointing level.
It's interesting, a complex dry flavors and a very interesting length.
Tasted side by side with an independent release of a single-cask from the same distillery bottled cask-strength with no additives. 18 year distillery release is watered back to 40% abv, obviously colored with caramel and likely sweetened. Juice is disjointed with the alcohol not well-integrated and a linear, slightly spicy profile with a short finish. You get what you pay for I guess. Blackadder bottling by contrast was complex and well integrated despite its 60+% abv. Shows that the distillery can make good rum, but the 18 year old I can barely give away.
A great rum has a flavour that A: agrees with your palate and B: isn't found in any other rum. FdC 18 (and it's little brother the FdC 7) has that quintessential delicate warm nutty-butterscotch-caramel FdC undertone which I've always loved. I could easily pick it out of any line up while blindfolded. If you are a fan of the FdC 7, you'll definitely like this one (The FdC 12 is a different beast with a different flavour profile). It's dissapointing to me how many reviewers here favour some heavily sugared rums over a more honest, more adult drink like FdC 18, but to each his own, I guess. A final note: yes, the FdC 25 is slightly better but it is also almost 3x (!) as expensive. So this is the one that's always on my shelve.
Flor de Cana are interesting rums in the fact they get worse the older they are. The extra dry is amazing for a white rum being super smooth and well bodied. Now something interesting happens as flor ages. It becomes harsher and more abusive to your pallet. Why or how I don't know but this rum isn't that good. There is nothing really eventful about it. Straight it shows to be just another one of those super dry oakey earthy rums that scolds your tongue with heat. In diet coke it is pretty good, it's not a bad rum per say it's just well not worth the price. If you enjoy this taste try Kirk and Sweeney, Mount Gay or any of the Ron Abuelo's. Those share similar tastes but exceed fdc-18. So final verdict is flor de Cana bad? No not really, but it's kind of generic earthy taste with a high price tag so if you're in the market for something exotic and different tasting this isn't your bottle.
Beaucoup d'arôme, très bon rhum à boire sur glace. :)
ottimo rum con spiccati sentori di legno e caramello che però no da quella sensazione di zucchero percepita in altri rum tipo lo zacapa
Good flavor. Not overly sweet. Flavor leans toward the oaky side.
Sehr würzig, starker geruch und geschmack von karamel, butter, nussig
Bevo Rum da qualche anno e, soprattutto all'inizio, preferico di gran lunga i Rum di tipologia spagnola.
Beh, adesso posso dire che c'e' un prima del Flor de Cana 18 ed un dopo.
Prima come detto preferivo l'altra tipologia di Rum, poi con il FDC 18 e' stato amore al primo bicchiare.
Colore decisamente ambrato, al naso ha sentori alcolici mischiati alla cioccolata, nel palato ha un iniziale gusto tendenzialmente secco con cioccolata e la dolcezza del caramello, il gusto di cioccolata rimane ma ha un sentore affumicato.
Io lo adoro!
25 year is one of the most expensive rum. I think I will not buy it. But Flor de Caña 18 is a very good rum at a good price for a premium.
Es un ron añejo que se disfruta más con coca-cola. Con el añejamiento no logra perder el sabor fuerte del alcohol pero al mismo tiempo se aprecian sabores a madera. Es un ron seco.
Enjoyed this rum straight in a small glass. Didn't find a complex profile to the rum but certainly a good sipper to try on someone that isn't as accustomed to drinking rum without mix. Smooth, very little to no burn.
My son gave me a bottle for Christmas. I was excited to open it but my first taste was that of an very noticeable chemical like odour and a lack of real taste. It just sort of sat there on my palate and said, well, nothing. Not harsh, just flat. Maybe the next step up the ladder is better.
typical buttery flavour of FDC, which I like, nice, smooth, but not so much difference with 12y (according price)
I just had once the chance now, but first sipps promiss a great joy.
Hard to say much about this one. Enjoyed drinking but nothing exciting about it. Vaguely comparable to the Plantation 20th anniversary but not as interesting. The Plantation I'll be buying a bottle of soon. This I won't be.
Klasické ostrejšie centario od ktorého som čakal viac. Nevýrazná korenista chuť.
An interesting add to the cabinet, very dry with notes of citrus and oak.
Though this is a fine rum, it's a little below average for an 18 year old. The 25 is considerably smoother.
Semi sweet, with notes of caramel, spice, charred oak, vanilla, and almond. A bit harsh for an 18 year old, but a good rum overall.
Not so nice nose of alcohol and "white spirit" which actually makes it pretty bad.
But the mouth is completely different
Very strong and long finish. Clay. Tourbe and smokey.
Excellent addition to the Rum cabinet, solid fruity flavor and a little on the sweeet side, great for sipping
This one is a good rum.. But the orange taste kills it for me.. I can´t stand it.. But i you like pyrat, Zacapa 23 and so on.. You will absolutly love this one..
coming out of the bottle into your glass you catch the aromas of mild citrus and subdued floral scents. Orange peel, cinnamon, cloves and something i can't quite place...allspice maybe? the bouquet is what i would consider solid but not strong. Very full but not pushy. Balanced. front of the tongue feel is soft, smooth, and buttery. As it moves further on your tongue the taste becomes bolder with a rich feel and the taste of leather, oak, orange, lemon, pineapple, and mango. There is also other fruit flavors i can't decipher that I'm sure are native to the region, kind of an apple like flavor? overall very smooth and easily drinkable straight.