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This a new agricole-style rum hailing from Oaxaca, bottled at 54% ABV. It opens with a hugely briny nose redolent of manzanilla olives. It’s fairly grassy as well, so agricole lovers will not be disappointed. The palate is more muted—still briny, but well-balanced by a mild sweetness. It’s quite interesting, but that nose is a challenge. Reminded me of St. George Rum Agricole.
Among the few aguardientes I've had, this is one that fits very nicely among the top. The olive/grass notes are what you would expect from a truly artisanal product, not damaged by excessive industrial "polishing". For mixing in a nice "aguardiente sour" this is what I would take.
IMHO I think the attempt of the producer to sell it as a rum, is a mistake, as this leads consumers to expect something different than what it actually is. They should sell it as what it is, a sugar cane juice distillate, made for mixing, with a well adjusted price point. If you see it this way, this product works very well.
I finally found a bottle of this rum for $37 US per liter. The aroma is of an artisan cachaca. The taste is the same, but with a bitterness and burn on the finish. This would be a great mixer for a high powered caipirinha, but this rum comes from Oaxaca Mexico and a long way from Brazil.
And just because this rum does not come from Brazil where cachacas are made does not give one license to modify the standard mix for caipirinhas. I tried changing it and it did NOT work. So stick to the old standby formula of one of sour (lime juice), two of sweet (simple syrup), three of strong (Paranubes Rum), and four of weak (ice). I cannot think of a better drink for this rum to be used in. This drink also works wonders for weight loss!
A very special rum with strong taste. For special people :-)
I'm too new to rum to allow myself anything higher than an 8 rating, but this changed my perception of what rum could be. Overall, I think of this less as a sipper than a mixer, but that implies a drink of lower quality and this is so far from that. The complex interaction of smells and tastes have elevated the cocktails I've had this in. In a good cocktail, this will be what you remember—and crave—long after. I certainly did.
Nose: I could smell this all day long. So many notes and depth. I've heard it mainly described as grassy, but I get a lot of banana, without any sweetness.
Flavor: sharp with hints of acidity, no banana or sweet notes. Not as full bodied as the aged molasses rums. I can see how people who want a molasses rum would be put off by this, and it's not a first choice as a sipper for me. Over the course of an tasting pour, it grows on me as I go through the glass.
Alcohol: this is an overproof rum, and it has some heat, but it doesn't burn.
I don't like it, but I don't hate it. It's like an agricol and Jamaican funk, plus something else, something new.
Would be a fun surprise in a cocktail though!
A super briny and savory sugar cane
distillate form Mexico. A unique production with wild yeasts and an extra long ferment. Not a ton of nuance but cool to try and makes a mean rum Manhattan.
Kristallklar im Glas.
In der Nase, Gras und andere Kräuter mit viel "Spirit".
Im Gaumen, adelante, adelante, ganz schön heftig wie gekochtes Gras.
Im Abgang, ah, schön ist es vorbei.
Mir gefallen die Mex-Rum nicht so, wer will soll probieren.
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Crystal clear in the glass.
In the nose, grass and other herbs with a lot of "spirit".
On the palate, adelante, adelante, quite violent like boiled grass.
In the finish, ah, beautiful it is over.
I don't like the Mex-Rum so much, who wants to try it?
G+R F LU19
Bought a bottle of Paranubes Aguardiente de Caña Rum. Unique bottle and label design. Plenty of smokiness mixed with unique but still familiar Rhum Agricole style grassy and floral notes to the nose and palate. Quite a kick at the end. Different for sure. Not comparable to any traditional Rhum Agricole and still so familiar. Rhum Agricole lovers can easily add 2 points to my score.
This one's gonna hunt you down and zombify you.
There are probably other rums in the Oaxaca countryside and mountains that do this, maybe better, maybe not. We don't know yet, there are only a tiny bit we can get our hands on in stores. But this is really in a class all its own. Thinking "mezcal rum" is a start, but this monster drinks like a rhum agricole and brings a Caribbean-like delirious heat to it. Briny olives in the nose, that tinge of vinegar, smoked mesquite and scorched grapefruit rind up front, sure. It tastes like exquisite fuel for the palate, bold and funky in its vegetal characteristics, and a passionate heat that gently traces its way down your gullet. Not for the faint of heart!
This rapidly became one of my favorite cane spirits after trying it. I've tried another in the same style, which was good, but this is hands-down a classic.
That nose... holy cow. Old olives and brine. Its almost too much to take at first whiff...
That palate is surprisingly clean and easy considering the 54% abv, with vegetal and grassy notes that remind me of mezcal.
This refreshing agricole from Oaxaca has a refreshingly different flavor profile, nothing like traditional agricole rhums from Martinique. Vegetal flavors and a slightly smoky finish give this rum a distinct taste. Mix it into a traditional daiquiri, or just experiment.
This is a fantastic rum, the nose is complex, the flavor is unique. It’s smooth and delicious. Can’t wait to see more Mexican runs hit the market.