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A sugar-free 12-year old, ultra premium rum that is sustainably produced (Carbon Neutral & Fair Trade certified). From a 5th generation family estate, it is naturally aged without artificial ingredients, distilled 100% with renewable energy and KOSHER certified. A full-bodied rum with a long and smooth finish that lingers in the palate. Best enjoyed in a Rum Old Fashioned or with a splash of premium sparkling water or ginger ale and an orange twist.
Tasty, but not quite great
I was curious to try this as I saw some interesting reviews and feedback on it. And I'm always curious when something seems to get extreme feedback, people either love it or hate it. I fall in the middle. Its alright, but really didn't do anything for me.
The bottle is okay, but not a fan of the big old-timey flask/medicine bottle look. I think its only made that way so it takes up space and stands out more in a bar (as it does in mine which annoys me to no end! lol).
I was not impressed with the nose, it was really strong in alcohol and an almost burning plastic funk. I could barely detect the caramel, nut and oak hidden under all that.
Thankfully the taste was better than the smell. I got subtle notes of caramel, oak, vanilla and a little bit of honey and fruit. It has a decent mouthfeel and a good solid burn. But it felt more like I was drinking a bourbon than a rum. The aftertaste lingers a tiny bit, then gets replaced by the warm burn, which sticks around. There is a bit of sweetness that sticks around on the tongue though, which I found surprising based on the nose and initial taste.
This is probably best as a mixer, but if you like bourbon, sipping on this may be more your thing. I wasn't impressed and I wasn't repulsed. Even though the nose was not good at all, I liked the lasting burn and mild sweetness on the tongue. Other than that, I wouldn't buy this again. Plus then I will have more space for other (hopefully better) bottles.
First things first: this is NOT a 12 year old rum as of this writing (April 2021). The “12” is a “flavour profile” and not an honest age statement. That’s misleading in my opinion. This rum is VERY ethanol-forward. It’s hard to get anything other than nailpolish remover on the nose. There’s a bit of oak, vanilla, and nuttiness but it’s hidden behind an aggressive onslaught of ethanol. It’s quite light on the palate and sharp for something that’s only bottled at 40% abv. I think this works best in cocktails or highballs.
Was expecting a bit more from this one. Probably because of the good reviews, but I gave to say it did not meet my expectations.
Very strong oaky "alcoholy" taste that doesn't leave a lasting aftertaste. Did not enjoy sipping it. It was great and easy going as a mixer though.
I would go for 6.5 if I had the choice
I was gifted a bottle of this, but was disappointed with it initially. I found it harsh and and sterile, so I threw it into fridge, thinking I'd save it for mixing and entertaining.
Once it was chilled, a whole new experience was presented for me! The flavors developed nicely, and the initial harshness was eliminated entirely. As a mixer this was enjoyable, and different than the other rums in my cabinet.. but as a neat (and unchilled) drink, I found and it harsh and aggressive. Once it was chilled, the rough edges were more rounded and the flavors had room to develope.
It became more interesting and unique, instead of the almost bitter and harsh taste I experienced when I first sampled it.
This one is definitely improved with a cooler temperature, whether over ice or just chilled. Not overly memorable, but definitely not to be avoided. This was my first experience with this rum, and I feel like I need to give it another shot.. perhaps I'll try their other products next.
Bola tam citit ta specificka chut ako z casti u diktatorov a vcera u Panamy, Med? Dub? Sladke ovocie. Pitelny. Mam ho doma uz vyse roka
Flor de Cana is a delightful rum that i would have no trouble serving to my friends by the pool. Not to sweet as are many rums and not a lot of flavor additives. For me this is an 8.
"Flor de Cana 12-Year rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide"
"A sip reveals a very smooth yet spicy rum. There is very little burn it tingles on the lips and tongue for a long time. It is a long finish."
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