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Matusalem Gran Reserva 15-year 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.
Its uneventful for 15 years.
15 year rum should be a smooth sipper at this age, but its not. Very harsh upfront burn which shouldn't be existent in this age of a rum. So I highly recommend drinking it with cola (I prefer diet coke). Even in coke its only So-So the last guy said "thin" and I think that is an amazing description. Some rums are bold and have distinctive flavors.Which makes sense because even sniffing the rum from the bottle you dont get any distinct smell besides some alcohol. This is similar to appleton estate v/x rum with a different cask taste. So the choice is yours go appleton estate v/x which is 17$ a fifth or this which is around 40$ a fifth with limited availability.
-Harsh upfront burn (not a great sipper)
-No real bold flavor
-No smell from bottle (which translates into the no flavour)
-Similar to appleton estate v/x (I think appleton estate is better however)
I started my rum hobby with this one and I have a special relation ship to it. I even offered it at my wedding in stead of cognac and a lot of people tried their first sipping rums with the 15 yo Matusalem as well. It is in no means a bad rum, but in retrospect after tasting so many good rums this can't hold up to many standards. It is not smooth not balanced and burns in the finish. It still has some charm and is still too good to be a mixer. It is priced reasonable, therefore still worth a 7.
I admit I have not had the opportunity to try an actual Cuban rum. Maybe those days are over as the US thaw's our relationship with that island country. I want to know if reality of rums and cigars are as good as the mystique. I liked this and the 18 year very much.
Lui, j'ai du mal a finir la bouteille.
Il n'est pas mauvais, mais il est trop fort en bouche pour moi. Je préfère les rhums plus doux et plus parfumés.
It does what it can do, but It just wont ever be "up there". I like the older brother for beeing different than many other rums, even though its still not up there. But this is something funny in between.
Nose: Vanilla, Dried fruit (maybe figns?)
Taste. Too much alcohol for my liking, yet some caramel and sweetness after.
Aftertaste: Short and semi-dry.
All in all drinkable, but wont be a rebuy on my account. Would imagine this would be really good in drinks though. But my ratings are as always, as a sipper.
I know the solera system but this solera 15 did not meet any of my expectations when looking for a sipping rum. Its thin and leaves a strong alcohol flavor (the harshness is well received on average by Cubans but is not my thing). I suppose this matusalem will be good for mixing but for the price ~44CAD in Ontario, Canada is not worth for such purpose. Next!...
J'ai offert (puis goûté!) cette bouteille il y a 2 ans.
Ce rhum est agréable à boire mais ses arômes manquent d'ampleur pour un 15 ans.
Pas un incontournable.
Je reproche à ce rhum d'être un peu trop "plat", ça manque un peu de caractère, de complexité. Je suis obligé de bien me concentrer pour détecter les arômes et saveurs de ce rhum. Il est bon mais ne m'a pas marqué plus que ça et risque de finir en cocktail. Une fois la bouteille terminé je n'en rachèterai pas je pense.
another big dispointment from december. expected much more. Very thin taste, that reminded me of plantation 5. Not a rum to remember and to try it again - you can find much more better rums for this value.
I bought this rhum mainly because after a trip to cuba it became a mystic rhum which they spoke a lot about there.unfortunately all of them where fake. So i'm a bit disappointed although it's nice to sip it it doesn't have much complexity in taste and smell
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