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Recommendable to most
I love this product. Perfectly balanced lovely oaky sweetness with a dry finish.
Read a great tasting note for this a number of years back; If the pipe smoking, cravat wearing, classics quoting members of an oak panelled edwardian gentleman's club, had their deepest thoughts distilled and preserved in amber...it would taste like this.
Hands down - one of the best rums out there. Very smooth, smokey/vanilla/caramel flavor with a rich aroma. I purchased 3 cases which are stored and will not be touched. This is because Venezuela could implode at any minute, taking with it this fine nectar of the gods. I'll continue buying/consuming a bottle at a time and leave the three cases alone. I spent over 500 bucks on them because the rum is THAT GOOD!!!
My go to rum. It's in short supply right now and I found two bottles this weekend at a store about 45 minutes from home so I'm good for a while. That said I'm thinking of driving another couple of hours up the road to get another bottle or two. It's that good! Smooth tasting, not to sweet or spicy. I call it a grownup rum. If you can get your hands on a bottle do it.
Like many, the packaging caught my eye first.
My first taste was in an "old fashioned" glass... all that was available where I was staying. Noted the strong alcohol taste commented on elsewhere, but also a tendency towards dryness [yes, in a sugarcane-based product...]
Ended up pouring some [after I got home] into a small snifter and, as it happens, got called away for more than half an hour.
Here's the interesting part... having a sip after that period of time, I found that the breathing/aeration helped change the flavor profile, and improved smoothness a lot. A full-bodied rum, with "great legs" on the snifter glass.
So my initial tasting would have resulted in a 6/10.
This one made me raise the rating to a high 8 - hence the nine.
Bottom line: Whether trying it for the first time or revisiting it, pour it into a snifter and give it time to breath - your patience should be well rewarded.
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