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And also, available in province of Quebec in Canada.
Saw this on the shelf for under $20 and took a shot on it based on some decent reviews. Nice looking bottle design, and I was looking for an aged rum from Columbia, so this fit the bill.
The color? A nice golden amber. Nothing special, though the bottle makes it more attractive. Was surprised to find that despite the bottle looking to have a cork top, it is indeed a faux cork stopper concealing a screw top on mine. Nice plastic pour spout on the inside, at least, to assist with getting it into the glass more easily.
The aroma? Quite nice. Not strong on alcohol and about what I would expect from an 8 year old aged product. Hints of vanilla and sweetness.
The taste? Hmmm ....This is interesting. Now, I’ve tasted quite a bit of whiskey, scotch, bourbon, and over 40+ various rums at this point in my spirit adventures, and although I’ve read many reviewers that often speak about getting distinct fruits and raisin flavors from their rums and whiskeys, I never ever have. I always thought that either my palate was unable to detect this, (despite my enjoyment of the flavors) or ... they are all full of shit or trying to hard to find traces of something they could describe to someone that makes them sound like they have a master taster’s refined palate.
After trying this rum, however, I think I now have to believe them — or at least entertain the notion with more sincerity.
Ron Marques Del Valle 8 year tastes unmistakeably like raisins. Or at very least, what I would call “raisin forward”. This is not to say it isn’t enjoyable, though I would characterize it as a bit thinner than I would like, and a little less complex, too. I get a nice sweetness up front— not overpowering or cloying, but certainly present, as it settles into its raisin love fest for the duration of the sip. Honestly, it’s a bit of a one note performance. A nice note, and one that many may appreciate, but it lacks the rest of the symphony behind it to achieve greatness. The finish isn’t going to stick around either; it comes and goes.
I don’t know that I can fault it totally, since it is certainly still sippable, and I’d like to see how it holds in some mixed drinks, but this won’t be a top shelf product for me. I’m anxious to try more of Columbia’s rums and see if this holds for other brands distilled there, or if this is a unique profile.
Sippable and an excellent mixer. Great value and a good gift choice as it has a cork and appears to be very high-end.