Tasty, but not quite great
First off the color is a rich amber with gold highlights. A classic aged rum color. I have learned to approach any rum using the word "solera" with skepticism since there is no standard on which to rely. According to the label this is a blend of rums aged "between" 5 and 18 years. Semantics games are NOT what interests me. There is no indication of the percentages of the aged rums. This leads to lack of clarity.
Anyway, off my soapbox...
For me this is an odd duck of a rum.
The aroma in my snifter is unique. Different from most rums but I cannot really clarify what makes it different. It's not objectionable...just different.
The flavor confirms what the aroma indicates. It is a different type of rum. I can't really put my finger on it. There is an initial slight sweetness indicating fermented molasses but there is a flavor underneath that just does not really belong. Almost an artificial chemical taste. It's just under the radar but noticeable. It's almost like a paper cut...not painful but annoying as hell. I cannot figure out what it is.
If they could just eliminate whatever the heck that is, it would be so much better. It has the potential to be so much better but sadly it just isn't. It's not smooth enough to be a sipping rum and I would be hesitant to use it as a mixing rum due to that underlying chemical taste that sadly lingers into the finish.
Maybe I got a bad batch. I dunno...
Perhaps quality control isn't consistent. Apparently someone loves this stuff seeing that it got high marks from some.
I just can't agree. At least with the bottle I have.
My recommendation? Pass on this. There's much better widely available for the same price.
I was full of expectation when I bought Botran Solera 1893 Gran Reserva.
The smell is sweet with caramel and fruit. Some sticky alcohol too but that goes away after a few minutes in the glass.
The taste is sweet but it is too much spice and barrel for my taste. I expected it to be sweeter.
The aftertaste is long with spices and barrel. In my taste this is a blender that goes well in drinks and with cola. I don´t think it´s good as a sipper.
It's nothing atypical of a rum. It's a very standard oaked vanilla rum with a lot of cinnamon/allspice in the back. Horrible straight. It acts like a nice guy in front of your girlfriend and then secretly tries to steal her when you're not expecting it. Basically it enters the mouth pretty smoothly and then a second or 2 later rains down like hell fire on your tongue, roof of mouth and back of throat. You must ice this one at a minimum or add cola. It makes a good rum and coke but for the price no thank you. I got this from a friend on a trip to mexico because it isn't sold in the states here. I would recommend cruzan gold over this. Very very similar, the only thing you might notice is the 40$ or you just saved.
It's a very good rum, not too sweet like many rums of the region. Nose I got lot of caramel and dry fruits. Mouth is more mineral which I like but I think lacks of something to get a better rating, in that price range.
I really don't like this, and am contemplating throwing it away. I've never considered doing that with ANY rum before. It has very few redeeming features. The nose is OK, and the initial fruit on the palate is OK, but then there is a really disgusting mish mash of flavours that almost makes me gag. I do wonder whether I have a bad bottle. The problem is that I will never buy this again and if it is a bad bottle, I won't know as I doubt any of my friends/colleagues will have a bottle of this.
I'll probably keep it and palm it off on unsuspecting visitors, but every time I open my drinks cupboard, I'll know the bottle is lurking in there.
Update - the bottle has now been open for a couple of years and I am finding it very palatable this evening. Possibly now that the weather has got a little chillier and I haven't turned on the heating, the rum is a touch colder than it has been in the past thus taking off the edges that I didn't like. It's not my favourite and I wouldn't buy again, but tonight I am really quite enjoying it.
This is a very nice rum. It uses wine casks as part of the solera. Intensely smooth no burn at all. No funky taste or harshness or overpowering notes. This is a great blend and I highly recommend this to anyone. The price point is amazing for this quality. Could easily drink an entire bottle of this in one sitting.
My first experience with this was at a new year's party when someone brought this. I was curious and tried it. Loved it. Shocked it was a rum and have been into high quality sipping rums over whiskey ever since. This is such a nice balance of deep caramel and a touch of spice that leans towards a molasses flavor but just hints at it. I'm not a fan of molasses heavy rums and this gets right up to the edge for me but doesn't cross over into the heavy molasses flavors. This I can down neat or on the rocks. It's not the smootest, but the burn is pretty mild. The flavors are heavy up front and the finish is very slight and relatively lasting. This is a solid choice for whatever your purpose. Sip or mix it will go down well.
Ron Botran has much better stuff to offer than the 1893. It is not a neat sipper since the alcohol smell and taste are strong and the burn at the end is not pleasant. Go straight with the 12 or 15 year Botran if you are looking for a slightly better experience. They are not neat sippers either, but at least your rum-and-coke will have a better flavor to it.
Welch ein Frust, von gleichen Brennerei wie der Zacapa,
aber leider völlig enttäuschend, schon des Preises wegen !
Kann hier aber nur die alte Abfüllung in der Tropfenform Flasche bewerten.
Etwas Frucht, Vanille und Toffeenoten in der Nase und Gaumen.
Der Abgang ist kaum wahrnehmbar.
Der Reserva ist um einiges besser !
What a fright, from the same distillery as the Zacapa,
But unfortunately completely disappointing, for the price!
Can only evaluate the old filling in the drop shape bottle.
Some fruit, vanilla and toffee nose and palate.
The finish is hardly perceptible.
The Reserva is a lot better!
Rum of molasses quite classic with pastry notes, almonds and fruity flavors. The oak is very present with vanilla. The final is not very long. A classic ron that should do the job on the rocks or with cola.