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I found this rum on a recent trip to Jacksonville and decided to mark one off my wish list.
Now I wish I hadn't bothered.
Apparently my opinion will be going against the grain here but this rum would be great if they hadn't sugared it so much.
Am I drinking rum or molasses with alcohol added?
This could almost be pancake syrup.
The syrupy sweetness is so overwhelming that it hides some elements and flavor profiles that would have made for a great rum.
But someone decided to ruin what could've been a great rum.
Paid way too much for this. Sad. My fault.
I forced myself to try to take extra sips and finally found some vanilla and toffee undertones to it along with some oak tannin. Even a hint of banana.
Beyond that, there's not much.
I read so many praises for this rum. Makes me wonder if I got a counterfeit because what I got sure ain't what others describe. Don't get me wrong...there are some sugared rums that I actually like but this one goes overboard. I cannot recommend it as a sipping rum unless you're into drinking syrup. I could see this being effectively used in drinks with an antithesis of sweetness such as coffee drinks or drinks using more bitters than the average. Any other suggestions? I cannot see this used in fruit-based drinks. The sugariness would be completely off the charts. And not in a good way.
My recommendation? Not worth the $65-70 price. Many better rums for half that.
Although not from carribean, this is an exceptional great rum. Full bodied, dark and just good to drink
I was a little bit sceptic when I first saw this one, but the curiosity got the better of me, so I bought it. And I do not have any regrets... None at all. This is good, really good... Great taste, great color in the glas... A real treat!
Sehr guter Rum, einer meiner Favoriten in einer wunderschönen Flasche, macht auf jedenfall eine gute Figur in jeder Rumbar. Der Rum ist mild, komplex und nicht zu süss. Für mich schmekt er nach dunkler Schokolade, Pflaumen, Holz und Tabak.
The 12 years is probably one of the most smooth in the category (12 years) in IMO.
So what about the XO
Eye: Copper, dark, dense.
Noise: Spicy wood, banana, dry fruit, some vanilla.
Taste: The same you smell is the same you taste, the banana is probably the most exotic note.
In general it is an amazing rum, awesome, delicious box and presentation.
It combines two of my favourites, the bottle from Rum Nation Panama 21 (although the top isn't quite as cool) and is Peruvian like Millonario XO. But somehow it isn't, the taste isn't as deep, interesting or fruity as either of those.
For this tasting I tried back to back with Millonario 15 sistema solera but will try again with the Millonario XO and Rum Nation Panama 21.
On the nose there's a slightly sharp vegetal smell.
To taste there's an initial hint of dark or burnt sugar but it's not incredibly sweet.
On the finish there's some sugar cane and a hint of burn.
As it develops there's some caramel and subtle fruits (but nothing like the fruit bomb of the Panama 21).
Pleasant enough and interesting but not a great rum.
I discovered Cartavio XO at Lima the airport among a lot of Pisco bottles. Great buy. I have not seen it outside Peru, and I have not been back. For sure a candidate for my "active collection".
Light, sweet, mild - great sweet sipping rum in a very nice bottle, with a nice cork and a beautiful gift can.
this one is something special. uniqe package with well balanced spice-sweet liquer taste after vanilla a litle bit caramel. I wish buy a bottle very long time
This rum you find in nice bottle with a wooden cork.
When the rum have been resting for a while you can feel vanilla, woody
Taste is vanilla and tropical fruit. Also some spice.
Rum is a very smooth and well balanced.
The aftertaste is long and fine
Smells Great, Sweet.
Taste is very nice, a little bite of alkohol, but very nice balanced.
Nose:very light,not so sweet,little bit alcoholic
Taste: not so strong in taste,caramel,oak wooden,vanilla,sweet
Tail:very tough,long lasting ,alcohol taste
Nice bottle with carved etiquette,wooden cork.
I think I'll have this one for my collection
Very classy and smooth sipper with a complex long lasting taste. Easily recommendable to everyone.
Dieser Rum ist sehr gut abgerundet. Man merkt ihm das Alter und seine Reife an. Im positiven Sinne.
Fantastic and intense, fruity smooth. Very important. Absolutely not for mixing
Fine Rum, the Rolls Royce from Cartavio. Vanille Oak woody
Det finns mycket doft och smak men lite väl mycket ek, spetsig och spritig, lite vatten gör susen
The presentation is gorgeous - who's not swayed by that bottle?! - and the color is divine. The nose is thick and candy with caramel, and you lose none of that in the sip & swallow. But, for me, this rum's sweetness overpowers the obvious effort in aging and blending. I find the flavors that make an XO rum worth the expense are nearly drowned here. Admittedly, I found sipping it over a single ice cube improved the experience. But at this price point, that's not what I was expecting. Still, in the bottle, this might be the best-looking rum I've ever seen.
The look and feel is outstanding.
Taste: Nice one with a bit of spicey after taste.
Silny, sladky a trpky, urcite neni spatny ale zadna slava
8 + Valeur sûre si on recherche un rhum typé, équilibré, des notes de toffee, il se compare plus au millonario solera 15 qu'au XO à mes yeux cependant, mais le prix est convenable à 65 euros en moyenne.
This is a really good one. Complex in all areas and always a good choice!
Sans réelles surprises dans sa catégorie, mais c'est un rhum très équilibré et agréable. Des saveurs de vanille, caramel et noix. La bouteille est superbe. Il lui manque ce petit quelque chose qui le rendrait fabuleux.
Nice aroma, beautiful color, very sweet soft taste initially. A slight hint of overproof aftertaste, otherwise this rum is an 8+.
It has become a regular.