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Tasty, but not quite great
Smells faintly of molasses. Mild and toasty flavor, with a bittersweet dark-chocolate flavor that develops as it breathes. Mixes great with coconut water. Can find it most places for $20 at most, though I happily pay $13 a bottle. Can't complain too much for $13.
First this is a 7.5 in my book.
Drinking neat isn't the best idea because it is somewhat harsh upfront, but not harsh in a terrible front to back way like Bacardi Gold. It gives a little sting and heat so I can see someone enjoying it neat for this unique trait. Smelling it you get a large amount of cask smell followed by some vanilla and alcohol. Drinking it cola is similar to Brugal's line, large amount of cask taste and light alcohol in background. Very good in cola would recommend in it especially at 10$ a bottle.
-Stinging upfront bite when drank neat, not too bad can be enjoyable.
-10$ a bottle cant go wrong
-One of those "woodsy" rums both smelling and taste. Similar to Brugal Rum
-Very good in cola
I spent a few weeks in Panama last year and this was my go to drink, either mixed with ginger beer or on its own as a sipper however, I’d say it’s a little harsh to be drank this way. If its a sipper you're after its well worth paying a little more for the 7 Anos, its so much smoother.
I found this rum on sale and a quick check online gave me hope of a mixer. It was not to be, the strong medicinal odor and taste overwhelmed my ability to enjoy this even when mixed 2:1. Pale young sharp bite, I might try to cook with it.
My rating is based on the good memories this rum gave me, it was the first rum I tasted and made me enjoy rum a lot! It is a fine rum to drink, but better for mixing.
I tried Anejo after having the Anejo 12 as I like to see what the range of rum tastes from a maker that sells a similar rum at different levels and if I can tell if the tailings are more present in the budget rum. This one is definitely a young rum though better than most young rums. The low price makes this a rum that beats shelf expectations.
Bottle: This is old school rum labeling, which I really like rather than overly crafted designs made to attract the eye and deceive the brain.
Color: You cannot see the rum due to the bottle being brown, but the rum is light yellow.
Bottle Smell: Young rum, a little harsh, light oak, something of the sweet smell fermented molasses.
Glass Smell: Opens up and smells better, little bit of sweetness.
Taste: Hard on the tongue, few oils, this continues to the throat. A good rum odor does linger in the nose. Better than most large label rums in its price range.
I enjoyed this rum and would drink it again. An good value for mixing or carrying in a flask on the go.
Now that I've tasted more rums and bought a couple of bottle of this, I've downgraded my rating to 5. Maybe it deteriorates when exposed to air but this rum's flavor profile seems to change each time I drink it. Sometimes it tastes medicinal and other times it's fine. I've not found a mixer for this I like so I tend to drink it on the rocks with a splash of water.
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