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Abuelo Gran Reserva 12-Year rum

Abuelo Gran Reserva 12-Year

Panama | Aged

A refined and elegant rum, inspired by true character. After 12 years of aging in selected barrels, it boasts luxurious and exceptional. Its well-rounded flavours are only achieved by time and artistry. Drink it by itself, paired with dark chocolate or along with mature tobacco cigars. Character behind every sip.

7.5/10 (327 ratings)
Recommendable to most


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Posted over 2 years ago by 5xo (PREMIUM) from Slovakia with 260 ratings

Dry and fruity, reminds me of whiskeys, but not in a bad way. It is an interesting rum for sure.


Posted over 4 years ago by Brett Martinez from United States with 13 ratings

This rum is decent but no more. The nose , for me, is a bit harsh . The taste is very sweet. I don't like really sweet rums
This is too sweet in my opinion


Posted almost 4 years ago by Bob from United States with 72 ratings

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.


Posted almost 4 years ago by Chris from Switzerland with 30 ratings

Not outstanding, but good for mixong drinks. On the dry side


Posted 6 months ago by RumHelps from United States with 9 ratings

Cedar, leather, raisins, peppery tobacco...great aroma. Taste is sort of cedar/black licorice/charred molasses, a bit too sweet and just didn't seem balanced to me. Much smoother that the 7 year Abuelo, so there's that.


Posted 9 months ago by mamajuana from United States with 148 ratings

This bottle reminds me of drinking a very strong sherry. Its overtly sweet and just tastes so fake and wine infused. Overall this shit sucks. I cannot and will not suggest anyone purchase this. By far one of the worst rums from panama I have ever had.


Posted 3 years ago by Martin Svěch from Czech Republic with 14 ratings

Příjemná vůně, tvrdý alkohol. Myslím, že za tyhle peníze se dají koupit zajímavější kusy...


Posted over 3 years ago by Ruben from Netherlands with 16 ratings

This rum has a very sharp alcohol smell, the taste is light fruity.


Posted over 5 years ago by Aarvaag from Norway with 32 ratings

A average okay rum. Strong first-touch that reminds me to cocnac


Posted almost 3 years ago by Paul B (PREMIUM) from United States with 358 ratings

I finally got around to buying a bottle of this highly rated rum from Panama. The nose is of leather and wood. On the tongue, it is vanilla and caramel. Then it is followed by a nasty bitter burn at the back of my throat. After waiting a few hours and trying again, the nasty after burn was replaced by the taste of shoe leather. The wooden planks of the barrel are held together by leather, which is where this taste comes from. However, this aftertaste is so undesirable that I recommend a slogan for this distiller, "Abuelo...for the masochist lurking within all of us". Sorry, but I can only rate it as a 5 and after not liking their Anejo, I will not buy any more Abuelo. It is a decent rum, but just not for me.

You have all heard of funky Jamaican rums and my 12-year Appleton Estate Reserve Blend had a love/hate relationship with me because of the unique funk. I thought that funky rums were unique to Jamaica until now. This one is a funky Panamanian! If that floats your boat, then go for it.

And finally after a few more tastings, this one was aged in port wine casks. Personally, I love port wines such as Dow's Tawny Port, but not mixed with my rum. Sorry, but the combination of these two polar opposites comes off to this drinker as funky Panamanian. I have also had not much luck with other rums aged in sherry or port casks such as Papa's Pilar Dark. Knowing this tidbit will save me lots from buying rums that are highly rated by drinkers who like the fortified wine barrels for aging.