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Tasty, but not quite great
Previously I only tried some spiced concoctions from Captain Morgan and such and they never made me any happier but I thought (inspired by Paul B) to give it one more go. But this time as dry as possible please and with some real rum in there, not some vanilla-sugared flavoured vodka.
So I found this one (a nice deal at €20) with for at least 3 years aged rum, real spices and at just 9 gpl. Oh, and an ABV of 45% so it seems serious enough.
The nose is rather sweet, with mostly vanilla, fudge and some cinnamon and a hint of oak. On the palate you notice the higher ABV, spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of cloves. The vanilla is a bit much for a young and rather light-bodied rum so I think some is added as well. There is a little smokiness from the also present oak. It ends with a mocha/dark chocolate and spiced caramel. A peppery touch stays also present for quite a bit. Despite the 45% it goes down easy enough but it is a bold rum for sure.
For a spiced rum it is truly nice but spiced rum? I don't see me sipping this all night (even at 9gpl just a tad too sweet) so it is a rum for one or two shots after a winter stroll instead of the glühwein/vin chaude or an old tawny porto I would normally take. Nice addition but at the €30 it normally goes for I'd rather spend them on anything from Foursquare or such. But by far the best spiced rum I tasted, that is certain.
Of the rums I have tried this one may be the best. Smooth and flavorful with not to much spice or that nasty twisted face you make after a drink of some of the others. I would defiantly buy again and may try some f the other Don Q rums.
In a rum tasting with 3 spiced rums, this one ended at the Bottom. The nose and smell are verry good, however tastewise we prefered the Bayou spiced and Ron de Jeremy hardcore spiced over the Don Q spiced.
With 45% alcohol the Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced from Puerto Rico is a strong rum. With a beautiful golden colour, I had high expectations. It smells very heavily of vanilla, and you know it contains 45% of alcohol by smelling only. The taste is a little less overpowering. Again some vanilla in your mouth. Disappointing that the oak (the taste you would expect judging the name) is not identifiable that much. Good aftertaste, nothing to complain about that. The aftertaste is way more subtle than expected.
I bought this on a recommendation but could never learn to like it. Too strong for my liking along with a lack of spice flavors. One and done.
"Cinnamon and caramel in the mid palate and the finish is long and very spicy. Quite a lot of oak and some fiery notes of ginger and cinnamon. A touch of white pepper."
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