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Tasty, but not quite great
Flor De Cana doesn't really strike my fancy, they are drier rums that even with age are still harsh so I don't prefer them. I bought this bottle just because I figured it couldn't be a bad white rum, white's usually run harsh and drier so this was right up Flor De Cana's lane. I didn't give this a really fair test I figured it was gonna be like drinking the sun so I skipped out on the glacrain glass and opted for a 1 hit in the tumbler glass. Popping the top off it's a really good aroma for a white, vanilla oak (usual's) and it has a agricole kind of body. In the glass it is much the same with (surprisingly) no strong alcohol fumes, okay? weird. Drinking it straight I half expected Satan to spit in my mouth BUT WAIT A SECOND, it's actually really good, in fact really good straight. No harsh upfront burn or even afterburn, pleasant oak and vanilla with a unique tasting sugar cane, mildly dry with some spice that is very balanced. Honestly I am dumbfounded at how good of a white rum this is for it's price. I've paid much more for something of this quality. I think a lot of people are interpreting the price to be a factor of it's quality and rating it such. The Rum and Coke it makes is very similar to an aged rum and coke (15 year old rums). It has that same type of mellow rum character along with a dry fart of the cask that a lot of aged rums make. Definitely a must have staple for those that seek not only quality but bargain hunters as well. Why not a 9 or a 10? Well it's really not that complex, an 8 rum is a solid rum that can be enjoyed as a sipper but they are ultimately the B+ students, smart but still nothing standoutish. 9's and 10's do something very unique, they have a personality, they are bold, deep, rich and enticing. This doesn't have that appeal to it that those offer however it is still a fantastic choice.
As others might point out, this style of rum is particularly suited for mixing with fruit and citrus. I use it, along with its brothers and sisters, for fruit macerations to make Rhum Arrange. Always very pleased with the results, and often preferring this style of rum over others when mixing with fruits.
This is my go to for mojitos and blender drinks. Great value, easy to find. Nothing stands out in this rum, which is good. Provides a nice neutral rum base to mixed drinks.
This solid mixing rum stands some steps above most light rums you see at the grocery/liquor store. Simple, clean. Sure, you can do better for special occasions, but at $10-15 per bottle, this flor is a no-brainer!
Update 5/18: Well, my source for this bottle jacked up the price, so now I can put my rating where it really ought to be. And considering the labor conditions associated with this brand, this bottle is best avoided.
I got this to use for mixing in Tiki drinks and it is the best for this role. Great price, perfect flavor, mixes perfect with fruit, so much better then any other white rum in this price range.
First off, the bottle I have reads "Flor de Caña Extra Seco" so it's the same thing, right? Anyway, this is a rum best suited as a mixer. A bit too rough for sipping IMHO but still has some nice flavors and not much sweet. Has distinct sugar cane flavor right off the bat but then that bat hits you in the throat...hard. Can catch the novice off-guard quite easily. However that sugar cane molasses flavor lends itself greatly in a number of mixed drinks especially fruit-based drinks IMHO. A few ounces of this with some good orange juice is a must. Very versatile in this respect. Good to have onhand for mixers.
Smells like sunscreen in a glass, in a very good way. Immediately makes me think of laying on a beach. Smells like coconut, with a bit a funky banana in the background. Mild heat on the nose. Has a creamy mouthfeel, smooth, more coconut on the tongue, maybe even a little macadamia nut. Also a little pleasant sweetness. Really pleasant overall.
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