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Matusalem Gran Reserva Rum is produced using a combination of rums aged on average 15 years and distilled from molasses using the solera process.
The Matusalem company was established in 1872 originally in Santiago de Cuba. The company fled the country following the Cuban Revolution in 1959 and the Gran Reserva rum is now produced in the Dominican Republic.
Sugar: 8 gpl. I had my doubts but they went away once this was in the glass. A very nice aroma of butterscotch, vanilla, and a hint of coconut and raisins. Oak is in the background aroma as well as the taste. Very smooth with a nice finish. Not harsh at all but just the right amount of heat. Nice sipping rum. I wouldn't mix this as I don't like too sweet a drink, but if you wanted to it would be a great drink.
Someone handed me a nip of this one the other day, thinking it was going to be something quite special. I wasn't thrown back by it, just a good standard rum.
I tasted this Matusalem and found it to be a textbook example of Cuban ron. I was very impressed with both the nose and lack of alcohol burn. The absence of alcohol burn was achieved without being sweet. Although not able to at the time, I imagine the Matusalem would go well with a Cuban cigar.
Poured a little of this in my snifter and immediately noted a nice subtle vanilla scent. Very nice legs indicative by the rum clinging to the sides of the snifter after a good swirl. The color is a rich amber. The flavor supports the vanilla aroma and also has a pepperiness to it and a noticeable oakiness which I presume come from the barrels in which it is aged. It does have some sweetness to it that seems to be natural and not sugared (but that's just my opinion). Definitely a nice sipping rum which also could be effective as a mixer. This is a good, all-purpose rum but I think it is better suited for sipping.
Love this rum just as much as the other in the Matsulem line. Smooth, refreshing, crisp, complex falcons for the nose and palate. Not a bad price considering what your buying...a high class rum from the DR.
Please drink this neat or add an ice cube to evoke other flavors.
I have to try the 23 next.
Very similar to the Matusalem 15. Smells and tastes of oak, caramel, spice, with a touch of honey. The biggest difference is that the aftertaste isn't as harsh. Has a touch of sweetness, but still a bit on the dry side for my liking.
Tonight it's Matusalem vs Fortress. Cuban classic vs Canadian innovations.
60$ vs 50$.
First touch - Mat 8 : 7 Fort
More detailed round - Mat 7 : 6 Fort
Nirvana state - 8 : 6.5
Less impressive than I would have hoped. It was decent straight with only a little after-burn initially. Slightly sweet flavor. Mixed it was non-descript. A 6.5 on my scale.
Nothing particularly wrong with this rum for a Dominican style. Not to sweet or thick, but the flavor was lacking to me relative to others. You may find different and I would recommend giving it a try if you like Dominican rums.
Vanilla and dried fruit on the nose. Some age but also a bite from the young rum of the Solera process. Able to be sipped with a little sweetness, but not smooth enough to be in my sipping list.
I agree with Falcon91Wolvrn03 and quote him:
"similar to the Matusalem 15. Smells and tastes of oak, caramel, spice, with a touch of honey. The biggest difference is that the aftertaste isn't as harsh. Has a touch of sweetness, but still a bit on the dry side"
I would add that it is a bit more complex and has more "layers", overall better !
The price is a little higher. I wondr (hand have not been able to decide) if the difference in price is completely justified, but it should not prevent you from trying it.
I have been a fan of it's younger 15 year solera for about 20 years. I finally saw this older brother on the shelf today for only one dollar more. It is indeed the better buy. The aroma and taste are quite rich and sweet with minimal added sugar. A nice addition to my collection.
The initial nose is pleasant, the colour is a nice dark amber, very good legs and a very good mouth feel.
Subdued tastes of vanilla and raisins from a very smooth rum which is quite simply a treat to the palette.
Desde el olfato hasta el gusto un ron de cuerpo, suavidad y aroma muy bueno.
Lo único que no me gustó fue que tiene dispensador y no corcho...
Vacation in Acapulco and tasting Matusalem Gran Reserva 18y and Botran Solera 1893 18y back-to-back. Matusalem has a decent bottle design, very cheap cardboard box and tacky labeling. Color is semi dark with vanilla intruding both nose and palate. Some burn at the end. Mix it with Coke or Ginger Ale and down it goes. Matusalem 5 - Botran 7.
Tried on the recommendation of employee at liquor store. Great recommendation. Chilled adds a whole new dimension to this rum. I know this is not a surprise but it went from a 5 to an 8 after chilling.
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