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Recommendable to most
Sugar: 18-20 GPL. A very smooth Panama rum. Dark almost burnt caramel/sugar, some coffee, vanilla, wood, and a touch of chocolate was what my palate found. It's similar to the Ron Abuelo Centura, but not quite as good. It also compares to the Zacapa XO. I sampled it 4 different times before coming to a rating of 9. It's a third of the cost of the Ron Abuelo Centura but darned close in taste. I had to drive 40 miles to find it and after purchasing it I decided to try it while sitting in my car in the parking lot, because there was only 1 left in the store. It tasted so good that I immediately bought the last bottle in that store. The things we do to keep good rum in stock.
I love this product because is truly 15 years aged rum in oak barrels, it is balanced between a dry & sweet rum, with many characteristics.
Every once in a while in this hobby, one is introduced to something new that changes their landscape. Autentico Nativo did just that for me. Just a great Panamanian rum.
The color is that familiar dark amber/brown that we’d expect from an aged rum, but man does it look great in that bottle. My bottle came in a really good looking tube as well. Really digging the label and overall graphic design of this one.
The aroma? Quite light (or even what I would call faint) on the nose, but with all the best classic aged rum smell and nothing funky at all. Buttery, caramel, vanilla.
The taste? Whoa. This rum is so light in its mouthfeel and smooth in its delivery that you hardly know it’s there. And yet, the taste is so incredibly pleasing and so well balanced between sweet and dry that it simply sings as you effortlessly swish it back and forth in your mouth. There is a nice complexity here behind the initial scrumptious-ness that leaves you reaching for the glass to follow with another perfect sip as you enjoy the finish from the previous one. Man, is this stuff great. I liked the 15 better than the 20.
Since I started with rums, I have been drawn toward the Barbados products —and for good reason. They are consistently high quality and know how to get the best flavor out of the process. Other countries have taken on their own identities and processes , rather than try to compete directly with such experience and near perfection (Jamaica, Martinique, etc.).
I gotta tell you all though, with brands and products like this Autentico Nativo, Kaniche Perfeccion, Caña Brava, Grander, and perhaps others I’m forgetting here, Panama is (in this one rum drinker’s opinion) squarely positioned as one of the absolute world leaders in making high quality, supremely balanced (and affordable) aged rums.
This is a must buy.
This is great example of perfect balance, an inspiration of the Master Blender.
Is a sure shot recommendation for any occasion, for those seekers of excellence and beauty, a taste of tradition well executed, great to have straight, with a single ice, or high end mixology.
I did not expect much. Don’t ask me why, ... package, mood, whatever I don’t know ;-). However I woke up right after the first sip. So good. If I should compare to any, then it would be Plantation XO but in a different price tag. Very good. One of my favorites now.
On par with his older brother. Fluffy smooth. Spicy bit of spirit - superb. Ideal ecsotic sweetness.
Aftertaste - too much blood in my rum )
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