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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.
Strong alcohol and little else. Least favorite rum since I started investigating "good" rums. I'll reserve the lowest ratings for Bacardi, Myers, etc.
Colore ambrato rossastro. Dolce e fruttato ma non troppo con sentore di csramello e legno. Ottimo da sorseggiare liscio e accompagneto da cioccolato fondente fino.
Smells of light smoke and a little strong on the alcohol. Taste is some what complex with a slow burn that kicks in after.
Buon rum ma la prima volta che lo ho provato sono rimasto deluso: all'olfatto prevalgono sentori di frutta secca, in bocca mandorle e tabacco con finale non proprio lungo.
I expected alot,and was a bit disappointed.This rum won many prices,the bottle and paperbox looks fantastic,but the rum itself reminds me on light cuban rums,not really Dominican style. It's still a great rum which i would recommend to anyone,easy to sip,a little oak at the end but it lacks of a taste-explosion like a Diplomatico.
I don't understand the lower rating for this Rum. I found it to be very tasty w/o having to become overly sweet to achieve it.
Brown sugar, spice and everything nice. I even get hints of banana and some cashew.
Price point in the US is excellent.
Poco complesso al naso, poco complesso in bocca. Poco intenso al naso, poco intenso in bocca.
Il poco che lascia non è male, ma tutto sommato è un rum abbastanza inutile.
A standard mid range rum, smooth enough to not need ice, good round flavour but no real defining characteristics to make it stand out from the crowd.
Nice rum tot drink, tot my taste a bit beter on the rocks. A bit top dry tot my personal taste, I like more sweet rums. But for a nice change it suits me.
En meget let og ekstremt sprittet rom, der både i duft og smag er en tynd omgang. Der er lidt røgtoner i smagen, men den udvikler sig minimalt. Det er en rom der bider i kinderne uden at efterlade ret meget til ganen. Dette er til dato en af de ringeste rom jeg har prøvet.
Den kunne muligvis med held anvendes til drinks 👎
Nice aroma with butterscotch and vanilla. A light golden colour with thin but suprisingly clingy, oily legs. The palate is not paticulary sweet or complex but very smooth. You get a subtle tone of vanilla, tobaco and wood. The afterburn is short and smooth.
I sampled this rum after an exceptional meal, at an exceptional restaurant, on an exceptional Caribbean island. Cuba, it said. Cuba, it promised. And Cuba it delivered. But only partly.
This rum is in fact not made in Cuba, rather the DR. It's also a solera rum, and that possibly accounts for why the Cuban lightness and smokiness are not as apparent here as in the truly-Cuba products from Havana Club and Varadero. Against those, it probably had more flavor complexity (though not aroma complexity), surely due to its age. But the practical guy in me can't light up the greater expense with the diminished Cuban-ness. Perhaps I should have judged it directly against some of its DR competitors? Not with that word on the bottle...
Plutôt insipide au départ, en le laissant s'ouvrir un peu on découvre des notes de cacao, vanille, cannelle... en bouche ça reste très léger avec toujours la vanille et un boisé plutôt agréable.
Il s'agit d'un rhum de "tradition espagnole", donc assez léger, agréable mais qui manque un peu de corps à mon gout.
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