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This is like a deeper, richer, dryer version of the Kaniche XO, which I already thought was a great rum. Everything seems to have been tweaked just a bit in all the right ways leaving you with this absolutely masterful tropical cocktail-in-a-bottle!
Nose- That typical Kaniche core of tropical fruit (pineapple, dried mango), christmas spice and coconut. The usual molasses is replaced with a burnt toffee, giving off a darker vibe that plays nicely with the over all medicinal-ness of the nose. Definitely dryer than other Kaniche's, but still with an underlying sweetness.
Palette- This rum has all kinds of wonderful things that you never thought would go together! Coconut, orange zest, olive brine and aloe, with huge hits of christmas spice and molasses! There is a definite sweetness here, so if you think added sugars are the work of the devil, you may be upset. Then again, if you're that much of a purist, hopefully you can appreciate the rest of the quality in this work of art enough that you can look past that. The flavors all play together seamlessly and then just seem to go on and on, making it difficult to tell where the palette ends and the finish begins!
Finish- All of those great flavors from before slowly morph into even more tropical, rummy goodness, bringing out mango (tommy) peel, more baking spice, and a nice, sweet campfire smoke. The finish then sticks around for minutes, carrying a nice thick texture.
To top it all off, this rum is smooth as, without even a hint of a burn as it goes down. Though that said, it does bring that delightful warming sensation to your entire upper body.
This is just EXCELLENT rum!! I honestly cannot think of a single thing I would change. Thank you, and good on you Maison Ferrand. Good on you.
Sugar: est 20 - 22 GPL. Similar to the Kaniche XO, but this version is a little smoother, just a touch less sweet, and the coconut flavour is toned down a bit.
It also has a bit more of the cognac and orange-pineapple-mango flavours in the mixture. Good balance of oak and spice as well. I would rate this one a half point above the Kaniche XO.
How did a distillery make a rum this good at this price point? Drinking this rum is like feeling the wee baby Jesus tap-dancing down my throat. I put this up there with Plantation 20 and Zacapa XO.
I wasn't expecting to like this rum as much as I do because of the low price of only $39.99 (Total Wines & More 2017) and because I'm usually not a big fan of bourbon aged rums. However this also has cognac aging, which I find works better with rum than bourbon or just bourbon alone.
Smells and tastes of molasses, spice, cognac, oak, and bourbon. Nicely sweet for a bourbon aged rum.
I like this more than many more expensive rums I've tried. I give it a 9 and highly recommend it for the money! My score does NOT factor in the price.
Very smooth! No bite at all. Not sweet but not bland either. Has the right aromatic smell of rum and cognac. Always looking forward to the next sip!
Strong nose. Bit of buttered Carmel.
Carmel back of the tongue coating Before the alcohol opens up. Hot but cools quickly.
Nice balance when it warms
This one for my tastes (so far) nicely stays in that real rum but smoothed out and just sweet enough to a great sipper. Warmed just slightly in the water of the hot tub releases even more aromas that hint of leather, sugary spices and a bit of fruit note. The mouth feel is smooth and flows over the tongue without harshness and lingers without burn. I really enjoy this rum!
Really nice for the price!!!! Tried side be side with plantation xo. Like plantation a teeny bit better, but this definitely held its own. A bit lighter than plantation. Still loads of flavors. Hard to beat for under $40!!!
If I hadn't detected notes of added sugar this rum would be closer to a nine. Excellent balance for a medium priced and affordable rum.
Good flavor profile, not too sweet. Has a little bit of a burn to it. I did a blind taste test with this rum against the Kaniche XO... The XO came across as being sweeter and had some additional flavors that made me a little suspicious, but overall I preferred the XO to this one (Perfeccion). YMMV, and rum purists will likely prefer the Perfeccion over the XO.
I am still confused, however, as to the provenance of the Perfeccion rum. Many websites describe this as being from Barbados, but the bottle says Panama. Even stranger, the Maison Ferrand web site does not even acknowledge this entry in their lineup. They list the "Reserve", "11 Years" and "XO" but not the "Perfeccion". Conspiracy maybe? I'll need to get to the bottom of this... the bottle, that is.
Ok this is an odd one for sure. The nose is almost non-existent except for a strong alcohol and pine scent. I was worried this was going to be a major disappointment despite the glowing reviews as the nose is just non-existent....then I took my first sip...and wow oh wow! An explosion of flavors hit my palate with the force of hurricane: candy, gingerbread, vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, nutmeg and more - all at gale force. I am still trying to decipher it. It is both powerful and delightful and absolutely not what I expected given the total lack of fragrance/nose on this rum. Actually this may need a little watering down because the flavors are almost too intense, so grab some ice cubes and let it mellow. Still...man...that flavor explosion is like no other rum I have sipped. I like just a touch more subtlety to my rums and that is the only thing keeping this from a 9. Still it is a solid 8 experience at least.
This one is a highlight of my collection. The Rum itself is dry, but very smooth. Not to sweet, some wood-flavour with it. I enjoy every zip of it. Its the kind of Rum you want to drink after a beautiful day in the sunset to just enjoy life.This is nothing to bind down or to mix. This is a top-quality end-of-the-line Premium Rum. Price is ok, for what you get. Very comparable to the Plantation 20 XO.
Absolutely brilliant presentation with a red wooden box.
I mean no disrespect to the folks at Kaniche. To create something like this, the dedication, the time. Few will understand, but we all have a chance to appreciate. Super well done!
Had high expectations in this one. And it delievered! Tried Kaniche Barbados and it was a fine rum. The Perfeccion does not dissapoint you. Not perfect but damn close. Smooth and well balanced, not to sweet and not to dry. The box and bottle like the Barbados XO are cool 👍. Impressed 😃
Bottle says double wood aged in bourbon then finished in cognac casks. It does not say how long it was aged. You can definitely taste the two casks. The aroma is subtle and inviting. The taste is sweet, maybe just a little too sweet. There is however a slight lingering aftertaste. Overall not a bad bottle for the price.
In my opinion this is not better than the Kaniche XO. I find it to be a bit harsh with a strong alcohol flavor that is not pleasant to drink, the XO has a much better flavor and it is more smooth.. I dont think I will be buying this again, the perfection is on the nice red wooden box it comes in, not in the product itself.
Sturdy bright red plywood box surrounding an old school designed label on the bottle. Spectacular value at $39. Golden color. Oak, vanilla and cinnamon to the nose and palate when neat sipped. Surprisingly sweet ending. Only marginally better than Kaniche XO.
Very very good rum, sweet but not too sweet. And comes in a really nice wooden box. Bought it together with the XO, which is just as good!
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