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Recommendable to most
this little beauty came in my monthly craft rum club box, initial thoughts where it looks a bit pale, too light. but it tastes like you would want your last nip of rum to taste like. I'm no expert or good at saying this tastes like a 20 yr old pubs carpet or it tastes of fried banana and ripened pineapple I just know there's no sweet sugary taste to it and it's one of the best I've had in a few months
Fantastic piece of rum, I like!
No coloring, flavoring or sweeteners added, for this price! Cool stuff!
In the nose is vanilla present, in the mouth wood and nuts. And long lasting.
Light amber color. Allspice orange and vanilla. Hot at first then mellows to floral and aged oak. Not overly sweet. No additives but the barrel.
Not heard if Grander before but pesky social media brought them to my attention.
Really nice, almost floral flavour. Unsweetened, but the sherry finish is present enough to make me wonder how empty the sherry cask was...
Reminds me of Cane Island Nicaragua, but better.
Great value for money too for a 12, interested to try the 8 now
Grander 12 Year is bottled at 45% abv. Poured neat in a snifter and allowed to breathe for 5 minutes or so. Predominate ethanol with soft fruity character and hints of sweetness and molasses. Alcohol softens after a few moments. I get very little oak or barrel character at first but it gets stronger with subsequent tasting and becomes quite strong as the palate adjusts to the warmth. The overall aroma is not overly strong but understated.
First sip is a bit warm and numbing. Warmer than I expected. Soft sweetness and fruit, ripe banana. Quite a bit of oak in the finish which is medium long and softly bitter. Second sip is smoother but flavors remain consistent. As I continue to sip the more oak forward it becomes.
The body is lighter as expected from a Panama rum.
I added a cube and let it sit for a minute of two and the flavor smoothed out considerably. Sweetness comes forward as does a nice fruity character. Much more enjoyable over ice for me as I think its a bit warm and oaky neat.
Overall a good product. If you like unadulterated spirits I'd give this a try but if you like sweet rum then this probably isn't for you. $38 at the Party Source in Kentucky.
I also have an 8 year single barrel bottling for the Party Source that I will be sampling soon so it should be interesting to compare.
About two years ago, I tried the darker Grander 8 Year at a bargain price. I was neither repulsed nor delighted. Just boring. This older brother is actually lighter in color, which tells me that less charring was used in the barrels. Well, the aroma is like nothing at all after the alcohol breathes off. The taste is also like nothing at all. This rum will not offend anyone nor will it ever be memorable. It's main calling card is like the dry rums of Barbados, with no added sugar or additives. Well this one is $33 US. I now have this one ranked right below the much cheaper Doorly's 8, Doorly's 5, and R.L. Seale 10. Hey, I at least gave it a try.
This is one of the very few rums that does not go well with coconut water. However, it goes very well with premium coffee. Go figure! This one is 90 proof with no burn. No easy feat to achieve!
I also must mention that there were four different Grander rums on the shelf of this liquor store. Upon closer inspection, the other two besides the 8 year and 12 year are special blends bottled in Louisiana specifically for that store. Therefore, it was no point in me giving them a try for something that can only be found locally.
Not a fan of the twice used barrels as it seems thin and nothing really holding it together. Would love to try it in once used barrels.
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