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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.
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!
Lovely presentation in a red box. Smooth with a bit of a kick. Top of my list.
Great rum not to hot, hard to beat at the price point.
Color: 2/5, Nose: 7/10, Taste: 15/20.
Too many different things happening at once - not very well balanced.
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.
Very nice and sturdy bright red wooden 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!
This one is very easy to drink has a light sweet taste to it and very pleasant.
Very complex on the nose, and on the tongue. I can drink this stuff all night. I pretty much agree with everyone else, but I only gave it an 8, I like Vizcaya 20 and Plantation 20 more.
Un autre bon produit de cette famille que j'ai connu récemment. Le XO est bon, mais celui-ci est supérieure. Un double cast fini en France. Un autre bon produit pour pas trop cher. Mais il vient du Panama et non pas de la Barbade.
As many have mentioned, this is better than Kaniche XO. The nose is pretty typical of a tropical fruit/honey nose that many others have.
Flavor is Toffee, honey, allspice/cinnamon, maybe a little vanilla or butterscotch. The best part of this rum is its incredible staying power on the palate. The flavors really linger and give the most novice taster enough time to "get it".
Very little alcohol bite, if any.
Sweet, double wooded european style, love it!my friend gets it from panama, we have been drinking it in Hungary :)
Very nice. Great after taste. Stays quite mellow but flavorful.
Jeg synes den almindelige XO er god uden at være direkte fantastisk. Den er nemlig meget sød og mangler lidt dybde. Jeg havde derfor ikke de store forventninger til denne, men jeg blev positivt overrasket. Ikke lige sød og med mange forskellige smagsnuancer, som bliver hængende. En meget interressant rom, som nok godt kan hive sig op på et 9-tal ved nærmere bekendtskab. (Smagt igen på romskolen 2019 med et 8-tal igen)
This rum from Panama (on the label, Barbados on the web site) at 80 proof has very little ETOH upon the nose. First sip had some spice that mellowed into nicely balanced caramel. Finished one glass and HAD to have another.This is really well made sipper.
1st sniff, a mellow aged rum smell. 1st taste smooth and very simple. The more you sip, the more the complex notes grow on your palate. Very good and reasonable price point.
A 6.5 on my scale. A solid rum with a decent oak flavor. Hard time describing it as "Perfect" though.
So smooth it almost makes me wonder if the ABV is lower than 40%. Surprisingly light on the nose for such a premium rum. Great viscous and semi-sweet mouth feel with rich cinnamon, molasses and lots of delicious honey notes.