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Now this is some good stuff
The standard Pilar is very sweet. This one is more balanced with nods to all of its brothers best attributes. Vanilla and almond. If you see it, buy it. You won’t be disappointed!
Whether you believe the backstory on this spirit or not, this one is quite the surprise. A nice nose and sweet pallet. Finishes with a smooth oak and caramel with a hint of apricot. I would recommend this to anyone who prefers matured complex rums neat or on the rocks. Too good to use for a mixer.
I expected this to be the best of the Papa's Pilar rums. But I just slightly prefer their Dark Rum. Interestingly, their dark rum bottle also says "Finished in Spanish Sherry Casks", so I'm not sure if there's much of a difference.
They're both very similar, but I'd say the Dark just tastes a little smoother to me. This smells and tastes of vanilla, maple, almond, cinnamon, and a touch of sherry. But since the dark seemed a tad smoother, I slightly prefer that one.
Recommended by a friend, I couldn't wait to try it. Poured neat, it had a slightly sweet aroma with a hint of almond. The first sip is very smooth, with just a little warmth and the sweetness of the sherry coming through. It's not syrupy sweet. I liked the hint of sweetness. I added an ice cube, and it really brought out some of the flavors. More oak and spice, and just a little more of that almond-like sweetness. A good sipper, for sure.
I typically like sherry/wine cask finished rum, e.g., Foursquare Empery, The real McCoy Madeira cask etc. I chose this bottle over their standard offering on account of that, however this bottle is wrong in so many ways.
The nose is wonderful. Strong brown sugar, molasses and sherry notes, that lead you to believe this will make a great dessert sipper.
On the palate is where it falls apart. The initial impression is what I expected from the nose, but immediately following that, there is an insipid sour/bitterness that belies it’s aroma.
The finish is more of the sour/bitterness with a hint of fruit and a decent burn, especially for 43.5% ABV, but that fruit does nothing to help the overall impression of the bitterness. To be fair, it’s not bitter per se, but the hint of bitterness leaves me flat.
My first (and only) Impression is that this is a jumble of flavors that clash with each other instead of melding together to give the best possible impression.
Based on the sweetness and mouth feel, I’m guessing there’s some additives, but they aren’t offensive.
Recommendation: if you’re looking to try Pilar rum, maybe start with their other bottles first. Also, this is listed as a 24 year in the description, but the bottle clearly states on the back that the 24 is because this is their 24th recipe. FYI
The complexity of this addition to the Pilar portfolio is very nice. Maple on the nose with hints of vanilla. The flavor has offerings of dark chocolate and anise. The sweetness of the rum balances the higher proof offering a great mouth feel and smooth finish.
I love the 24 year old Papas Pilar dark and did not imagine a substantially better dark rum would emerge from this distillery. Happily, I was dead wrong. This is quite literally one of the 3 best rums It has ever been my privilege to experience. I am not prepared yet to rank it among that small 5 member subset but it could be #1. The sherry finish simply dilates and deepens all of the great flavor, balance and complexity of the original 24 year old. Impeccably smooth. Masterfully balances. Maintains the maple presence and sweeps down the pallet into deep sherry flavor. The finish is long and like velvet. I will stop now. You must try this outstanding rum. Bravo Hemingway clan! No stranger to the finer passionate things in life, Ernest would happily succumb to the haze of this spectacular distillation. As am I.
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