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I have always loved this rum, but it's expensive in Canada. I bought 3 bottles at the duty free on SJO for 75 USD. I still love taking this 12 year old out and sipping it. It isn't as smooth as some 21 or even other 12 year olds, but it's very easy on the palate.
It is nothing special, but doesn´t offend you. Quite sweet in smell and taste. Easy to drink.
I quite like this, even if I paid a little more than I think it is worth, at around £45.
It's a little spirity, so hot on the tongue and the back of the throat, but that's forgiveable because of how the flavours develop in the mouth.
On the nose, it's all about toffee and honey. A hint of calvados apples but otherwise, not much fruit here.
It has a sweet aroma which tells you that this is a sweet rum, but when you taste, it isn't as sweet as you might expect. Initialy, it has very dark sugar, almost treacle. This segues into a quite bitter oakiness which fades through a sort-of gin-like finish. I feel that if this rum has been sweetened, it was probably done for a good reason.
I mean, it isn't fabulously complex, but it leaves you wanting more.
Bon petit ron à un rapport qualité prix correct pour un 12 ans
Very well balanced, easy to drink, definitely worth to try!
Smooth rum. very sweet vanilla notes. Worth a try.
A good quality aged rum with crisp tails and a moderate yet pleasing aftertaste. It’s medium dark colour is pleasing with a hardwood aroma.
Compared with the 7 anosIt's like a different brand, very smooth, very sippable . On the downside, I didn't think it has much flavor.
Celkovo slušný rum, obal je podľa mňa dosť priemerný, fľaša nie je priesvitná, takže farba rumu zostáva ako prekvapenie až po naliatí. K prekvapeniu farba je tmavšia ako som čakal. Vôňa rumu je sladká, vanilková s drevitými tónmi. Abuelo 12 je jemný, vyvážený, trochu dymový, dá sa cítiť vanilka, sladké ovocie so stredne dlhým záverom. Zreje v dubových sudoch po whisky, čo mu dáva na záver špecifickú príchuť. Tomuto rumu sa nedá nič extra zlé vytknúť, ale pil som už aj zaujímavejšie rumy. Taký lepší priemer.
Being partial to sweet rums, I could not but like it. Bit too sharp alcohol nose when poured, much better when aired. More like sherry based Spanish brandies than like Cognac. Nice soft lingering aftertaste of caramel, vanilla and tobacco.
N- Not as zesty as the 7YO, also not as caramelize with more natural ripe fruit sweetness, which is better. Strawberry milkshake, creamy chocolate and sweet crushed nuts. Loud presents of oak with pounded clove. (20/25)
P- Pleasantly oak-y with clove and sweet spice at fore, get fruitier and sweeter overtime. (18/25)
F- Short, oak sphere, smooth with nice fruit sweetness but with tinge of sugary at tail. (18/25)
Balanced- Acceptable fruit sweetness that aren't cloying, uncomplicated and relax. Lack of width to gives more. (19/25)
Weighted Rate:- 75pt
— at The Rum Bar KL.
One of the sweeter rums I’ve ever tried. Very smooth. Subtle vanilla. Lacking in spice or anything else memorable. I use this to introduce people to rum or to people with a sweet tooth.
12-ročný rum od Abuelo je mojom prvotinou od tohto producenta, typická fľaša v ktorej sa navhádza rum, ktorý chuťovo pripomína niečo medzi Zacapa 23y a Diplomatico reserva exclusiva.
Fľaša: fľaša ma nejako obzvlášť nezaujala, je taká typická pre tohto producenta. Hnedá s korkovou zátkou. Asi som skôr za dizajn podobný Diplomaticu.
Vôňa: krásna vôňa po pomarančoch, sušených hrozienkach a slivkách, vanilke a dube. Naozaj pekná vôňa, ktorá neustále niečim prekvapí.
Chuť: chuť je sladká, nie veľmi ale cítiť tu sladkosť po ovocí. Možno by tu mohlo byť viac komplexnosti ale mne sa prejavuje značná nevyváženosť.
Záver: krásne voňavý rum, ktorý kazí chuť, fľaša to zachránila nakoľko je pre tohto producenta špecifická. Celkovo je tento rum chutný len by som tu doladil chute rumu. Záver je krátky ale jemný.
Bought as a sample from www.masterofmalt.com for approx £5 for 3cl. This rum keeps popping up and have been meaning to try it for a while. At £32 on Amazon I may have to purchase a bottle some time after sampling it. Will admit I had my reserves with this one.
Amber liquid, a dark golden rum with prunes and raisins on the nose it's sweet and syrupy. The palate is spicy, a touch of pepper, sweet and slightly firy there's raisin and sherry flavours coming through in the warmth. A slight harshness in the throat but not affecting the experience at all.
This is a wonderful for its price at £32 a bottle on Amazon it's a steal!
Don't expect something superior. This is a good quality daily sipping rum. Very good at this price category. Very sweet and indeed comperable to Botucal Reserva Exclusiva. A lot of vanilla, cane sugar, cocoa and fresh wood notes.
Lekker, wel wat scherp. Rokerig smaakje met een zoete rozijn nasmaak.
sweet rum with balanced flavor litle bit to sharp i prefer more aged rums
Es un ron clásico, muy agradable en color, nariz y boca. Para tomarlo puro y dejarlo en la copa por algún tiempo para que suelte lo mejor de sí. Fue una agradable sorpresa panameña.
This bad boy is a little hard on the nose. Strong alcohol smell followed by caramel and apple aroma. First taste you get the barrel flavor followed by sweetness. Has a very similar flavor profile to Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva with the addition of oak and not as syrupy. No alcohol taste but decent lingering burn. Very good rum when looking for a sweet and oaky flavor.
I think this is a pretty good rum, it’s quiet sweet which I don’t mind too much with tonic or something. I get vanilla and coconut with a slight oak after taste.
Sweet and tasteful, but too much flavor of dried prune or raisins for me.
This may be a feature of panamanian rum, there was same flavor in Rum Nation Panama.
Wow, this rum smells like it will burn, and it does. Strong smell of tabaco, which I don't like in a rum. I seriously think I will use this in mixed drinks to finish this bottle.
Smells sweet like Ron Zacapa Solera 23 but only has half of the familiar taste from that rum. The dried fruit and raisiny flavors are the same but the finish is totally different and has a noticeable dryer tobacco/leather/scotch flavor. I had to sip it a few times b4 I could figure it out when I suddenly yelled out loud "Scotch"!
Overall it honestly tastes like a mix of sweetened rum and scotch. If you like both spirits then you may just love this. 6/10 because it doesn't taste like rum but is unique. Update: I've just tried Appleton 12 year rare blend and it has some similar flavor to this, apparently this scotch-y taste can be found in other rums as well. Update 2: obviously upon writing this review I was unfamiliar with funky Jamaica/Guyana style rums that give the flavor of what I thought then to be reminiscent of scotch. I only knew that this tastes like Zacapa but different on the finish. I remember it being quite sugared tho and will have to revisit at some point and might actually like it this time now that my palette has had more experience.
By Warren Bobrow via Foodista