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I’ve tried all the Papa Pilar rums., I have to say I like them all. However, I hadn’t given the Sherry cask 24 year a fair test. I had thought it was my least favorite of the Pilar runs, but I discovered my mistake. I decided to drink this rum neat instead of with rocks. I discovered I had destroyed the great taste of this rum by diluting it with ice. Try it neat and enjoy the great flavors this rum delivers. There is a nice smooth “burn” that lingers. Really enjoyable.
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.
I can't taste the sherry notes, but it is delicious none the less. Smooth, so sweet, and just a dessert in your mouth.
Sugar 24 GPL: This version of the Pilar is a bit redder in colour and has a definite smell and taste of almonds or walnuts. The Sherry cask aroma and taste is in the background. The maple flavour detected in the original blend is toned down a bit and the oak and spice is kicked up a notch in this blend. I still prefer the original to this version, but this one is a close second. I rated the original a 9 and this one is an 8.5.
This one was available on my local liquor store shelf, and as cheap as I could find anywhere ($42), so I dove right in.
I haven't had the regular Papa's Pilar Dark, but this one is a real treat. It's pretty sweet, but has a depth and complexity of flavor that prevents it from becoming cloying. A little woody, lightly spicy, and with a slight, almost vinegary "twang" that sits well in my mouth, this blend's main flavor is maple, nuts, and dark fruit. Altogether, this makes for a decadent, desserty flavor that's a real treat after meals, with a smoke, or frankly anytime at all.
This rum reminds me somehow Metaxa 5 (brandy-cognac). Anyway Papas Pilar Sherry cask is fruity & a touch Sherry taste with a light cognac & port finish (unique combinations of aging barrels compeare to other aged rums). Also it is sweet with a pretty soft touch acid-sour but doesnt burn much. Good value for money & enjoynable!
A blend of Virgin Islands rums, where the oldest component is 24 years old, at 43% strength in bottle. Pilar was Ernest Hemingway's yacht, which he sailed in the Caribbean.
The rum was aged in several types of cask: bourbon, port and sherry Oloroso wine.
Bottle: Military canteen
Nose: Sweet and very pleasant. It smells of caramel, honey, vanilla, sherry wine and raisins.
Taste: A little alcoholic at first. It is sweet, but not too much. In the taste you can identify wood, spices (pepper, nutmeg), caramel and again sherry. At the end it turns into a slight bitterness.
Summary: A very good sweet rum that does not lack strength. I definitely recommend to taste it.
Overall rating: 8.5 out of 10
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