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Now this is some good stuff
While I wouldn't agree with the numerous, howling 10/10 ratings listed, Bundaberg has absolutely placed a winner here.
A beautiful golden/amber colour (almost identical to Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva), the scent is sweet, with vanilla and caramel standing out and some smokey notes. The taste is fairly sweet, but not sickly, and there's a nice heat on the way down.
If, like me, Bundaberg rums are typically something you'd drown in mixers or hide in cocktails, you can rest assured that Solera is a worthwhile investment for sipping.
Certainly worth trying alongside Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva - which says a lot!
For All the gimmicky limited editions and well overpriced rums with little age or pedigree they have finally managed to make one good rum. I was very sceptical when finding out about the world drink awards they had won and purchased a 3 pack of their award winners directly. Containing one mdc, one small batch and the solera.
The first 2 would taste fine drowned in cola like every rum they have made to date but then there is the solera. I have multiple rums at twice the price that are nowhere near as good as this. At under 200 aud a bottle this is one to stock up on. A very UN Bundy kind of rum. A smooth sipper, expertly blended no doubt, sweet molasses, vanilla and Christmas pudding. Totally unexpected. A real credit to who ever blended this.
It's about as good as it gets. Around the same price as zacapa xo but this has the edge as far as 170 dollar soleras go. If I blind tasted this I would expect a much higher price.
Opened a bottle of Bundaberg Solera Master Distillers Edition with my Aussie friend who found it in tax free for $160. Very nice and sturdy box surrounds a rectangular thick bottle. Label is minimal and printed on the bottle. Color is dark golden indicating no added sugar. Very mild vanilla to the nose, much stronger wood to the nose. Toffee and fruitcake to the nose and palate when neat sipped. Extremely smooth to the palate with no burn at all. Add 2 points if you like your rums dry. Strong 8 in my books after well over 2,500 aged dark rums later.
Rich, bold, delicious. One of the finest rums that I've had the pleasure of sipping.
Notes of vanilla and butterscotch.
Normally I can't stand Bundaberg rums, but they have really knocked it out the ballpark with this one. Apparently I'm not the only one that thinks this as its recently won Best Dark Rum in the World at the 2017 World Drinks Awards in London
Actually a pretty good offering from Bundaberg perfect neat or 1 cube vanilla and butterscotch most prominent only downside is price @180 aud a bottle it is pretty pricey
First brought to add to collection but decided to drink, bad choice.
Now I have a opened bottle that I try to of load to.friends.
Considering the price tag I think.a 6 is over scored.
Tastes like a proper rum should..
It does have caramel added im sure but it goes nicely with the flavour profile , do not mix this , just sip neat or with one small icecube .. very , very nice.
The awards associated with this Rum are more than deserving.
Blended exceptionaly, It's Aged well with clear sweet Vanilla notes and a hint of fruity highlights.
I tried this both mixed with Cola and Neat.
Given the depth of flavours I would highly recommend drinking Neat or on the rocks to appreciate it's unadulterated taste.
Aroma is sweet. Taste is molasses and honey tones. Could be a bit stronger tohave bigger an fuller body. Aftertaste is average with sweeter tones including maple syrup.
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