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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.
One of my favorites, straight up or with a splash of coke
Has complex flavors, somewhat sweeter than other similar products but caramel, maple, and complex. Great rum
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.
Much like the 15-year, this rum is remarkably smooth with very deep oakey flavors. A rich, fruity aroma welcomes the first tastes. Strangely tasteful ethanol finish.
Un ron premium de los mejores de Panamá puede tomarse solo
Ron con un sabor delicado que perdura al combinarse, su sabor se queda por un tiempo, muy rico y muy recomendado.
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.
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.
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.
Its a good rum for the Cubas Libres and you can drink it in the rocks!
I enjoyed the Ron Metusalem 15 but the 18 is so much better. This is definitely going to be a keeper in my cabinet.
Exceptionally smooth finish and nice sweet flavors without being loaded with sugar. I taste a combination of mild oak, caramel (in the way of sweetened puffed rice like "Golden Crisp" cereal), and vanilla. All combined it somehow brings forth a prominent chocolatey taste. Slightly viscous but not syrupy. I'm happy with this purchase as there is no cloying flavors, its slightly sweet, and it's different than anything else I've tasted. Exactly what I look for when trying new rums.
Esperaba más, la verdad que para un ron de 18 años se ha de exigir un poco más de pasión
No wonder Hemingway moved there. Thoroughly enjoyable sipper. Can't imagine mixing. As others have said copious amounts of butterscotch and vanilla with oak and tobacco hints to be enjoyed with very little burn. I kept hoping Ricky Ricardo and his band would suddenly morph into my my man cave as I was sipping this rich little treat.
Beautiful light bodied Cuban style rum , solera aged
Nice nose and good mouth feel
Just a touch above the 15
Well worth the money and a good sipper
Lovely as nice in flavour . .. dry but deep in decent flavour .. Nice flavour for the price
I like the 15 and this one even more..i wonder if it tastes the same as it did years ago..very smooth.. goes with everything.. will always have bottle in my collection
Since I have enjoyed the 15yr expression for years, I have kept a look out for the 18yr. I was lucky enough to find it in a store for $21 today. Almost half of what I typically pay for the 15yr!
The nose is very similar to that of the 15yr, vanilla, molasses and caramel. I'll warn you, let this rest for a bit before nosing or sipping as it has a bit of astringency that wears off in about 5 minutes. After that it opens up. The palate has some of the same flavors and a hint of orange and chocolate. I do pick up more wood tannins in this version than the younger expression. Although that is not a deterrent. Long thin legs coat the glass edges, and a slight oil coats the mouth. The finish is shorter and not as intense with this either. Not bad for this price, I wouldn't pay a premium price for it past that of the 15yr.
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.
At this point, my definition of what a rum should be!
An almost Cuban, I drink this and feel like Ricky waiting for Lucy to mess up again.
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...
Very nice sipping rum. After dinner is a good experience. Recommended