Thanks so much for submitting a report. It has been emailed to the Rum Captain and will be actioned shortly.
I was excited to try this 15 year sole rate. I was expected a much smoother rum but I still enjoyed it. After the first taste you can never go back for another first impression. It interested me enough to try and find the 21 year bottle.
Tried Porteno 15y Solera rum from Colombia since its a new addition to the ABC Liquor selection. At $33 a bottle, it is suspiciously cheap for a 15y Solera rum. Jack Daniels aging has impacted the nose and palate test to be nothing but wood. Some burn at the end being such a dry rum.
More than a month ago, I found their 8 Year Solera aged rum and bought it. Today, I found the 8, 15, and 21 year solera aged rums all for sale. Thinking about the overwhelming aroma of Jack Daniels on the 8 year, I was reluctant to buy any. The 21 year was really dark and priced at around $40. Since this 15 year was only $3 more than the 8 year, I gave it a try and bought it. I emphasize Solera Aging, which all bottles specifically state.
Amazingly, there is no aroma of Jack Daniels on this 15 year solera. It is dry and naturally sweet with no added sugar. It is smooth and crisp with no bitterness or burn. The oak flavor from the barrels is kept to a minimum. At only $33 per bottle and now being relatively easy to find, this may wind up being a rum that I could grow to love even more. Fans of rums by R.L. Seale owe it to themselves to give this one a try. Heck, the 21 year solera is also affordable, so go for it.