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Tasty, but not quite great
This was my second sipping rum purchase after Ron Centenario 20-Year.
This one was a disappointment by comparison to be honest.
The smell is nice, honey/traces of spice.
The coloring is light brown.
The liquid tastes thin and it lacks luster and doesn't coat the mouth.
Upon tasting, the distinctive caramel/honey flavour of rum is present, but is not distinct enough (for me) and it is quite harsh, with a strong alcohol after-taste.
Will try it over ice next, to see if that helps the harshness.
Won't be buying it again.
Sugar 0-5 GPL
Slightly better than the 15 year old version but nothing spectacular. Vanilla, wood, honey, and some baking spices. The aroma has too much of alcohol for my liking, and the finish on this a bit harsh trending towards bitter. I think that they may have used too many barrels of a younger rum in the blend. There are some good flavours in the blend, but they fade too fast. Overall I would classify this a very good mixing rum.
Botran Solera 18yo starts off so well, but finishes so averagely.
A lovely nose with good fruit, oak and hints of banana, coffee and spices. A rich, warm, spicy body that finishes oh so disappointingly. Behind the nice soft burn of alcohol, there is a bitterness that I can't get my head around. It is a good rum all round save for this. Maybe I really should give it a 6½, but I suspect that this is one of those rums that if you catch it when you are in the right mood, it will be stunning, and on other days it will be disappointing.
I'm trying to like this, but coming back to drink it again I really just don't like the taste of it. The finish is horrid. I think that I might have to blend it away with something, but as I drink my rum straight up....!! Maybe a dash of OVD. As the Botran is quite dry, I am thinking to mate it with an overly sweet rum that I have ended up with to kill two birds with one stone.
There aren't many rums I dislike, but Botran is one of them. I gave the 1893 Solera a 2 thinking it might have been corked, but maybe it was just nasty.
EDIT (again). The bottle has been sitting in the back of the cupboard for months now, with me wondering what I was going to do with it. So I decided to try it. There is a softness and rich caramel notes on the palate that I didn't pick up before.The dryness is not there in such a domineering way. While I am still a little undecided, it is much more harmonious that previously had, and I am enjoying my glass. I might have caught it on a good night, so maybe I should try and knock off the rest of the bottle (its only half full!!!). ☺
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