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Tasty, but not quite great
I finally got my chance to try a rum from Costa Rica. Since this distiller has mixed reviews on this site, I did not want to spend too much on my first try. I was hoping to find the 12 year old, but that one was not available. This 7 year old was only $18 and was basically a no brainer to buy.
The aroma is of subdued alcohol only, but there is no burn on the tongue or going down the throat. Super smooth, but not enough complex flavors to satisfy rum sippers. Whiskey drinkers could use this one as a gateway to the wonderful world of rum. There appears to be no added sugar. If the price is right, I would risk the bucks on other rums from this distiller with higher aging.
As for the bottle, it has been redesigned from the teardrop shape shown here. It is now tall, slim, and cylindrical like the 25 year old. This is a very good thing because it now takes up less room on the shelves of liquor stores and encourages them to carry it. As avid rum collectors already know, don't ever be fooled by the fancy shape of the bottle that tries to hide an inferior product within.
Krajina pôvodu: Kostarika
Prevedenie: 70cl fľaša
Od tohto producenta rumu je to moja prvotina, nečakal som nič extra a to sa mi aj potvrdilo. Avšak treba skúšať rumy aj z iných krajín a od iných výrobcov, no tento ma nepresvedčil, možno je to tým, že sa jedná o 7-ročný rum a ten nie je tak "odležaný" a neprekvapuje škálou vôní a chutí.
Fľaša: tak precízne prepracovaných fliaš nájdete len veľmi málo, každá strana Vás niečím prekvapí, ide najme o rôzne vystupujúce časti ako erb, alebo akési stopy stekajúcich kvapiek po fľaši. Od svojich starších súrodencov sa líši najmä tým, že prevedenie fľaše je lesklé a nie matné.
Vôňa: musím povedať, že vôňa je silná alkoholová, cítiť však aj karamel, preráža vôňa dubového dreva a niečo sladké k tomu.
Chuť: po ochutnaní je ostrá chuť zaoblená do jemne sa rozplývajúceho pelendreka, aníz, sladké drievko. Zakončenie je krátke ale výrazné.
Záver: ako som spomínal na tomto rume ma zaujala najmä fľaša, zaujímavejšia je tu skôr chuť ako vôňa. Možno by sa hodil ku miešaným nápojom ale ja mám rád skôr niečo, čo je aromatickejšie, kde sa prelínajú rôzne chute a vône.
Cena: v priemere 19€/70cl fľaša
Spôsob degustácie: pohár Glancairn
It’s golden colour and light smell is inviting. It is not very smooth but not too harsh either. The after taste is woody with a little caramel, not bitter.
I tried this side by side with the Centenario 9 year and the 12 year. Though I feel the 12-year is best, I prefer this to the 9 year as it is sweeter and tastes better to me.
Smells and tastes of sweet caramel and brown sugar. Very simple, but good; and it's a bargain for the low price of only $17.99 (2017 price)!
Perhaps the one downside is that it's not as smooth as older rums, and has a slight burn for 40%abv.
I had a tasting of 7y, 9y, 12y and anejo special. The best was 12y and anejo special. 7y and 9y were behind. But these are not exceptional. 12y and anejo are average rums and the others are below average.
I bought this on my first trip to Costa Rica several years. I believe it was $10. I bought it to mix with fruit juices, 7-up, and coke. I remember I really liked it. So one night, I tried it by itself as a shot. It was the best shot of rum I had ever had to that point. So then I tried it neat. And I was surprised I coh I'd enjoy it by itself. Now I am a kind of a rum guru thanks to this rum. Try to 20, 25 and 30 year of this brand. Those are 3 of my top 10 rums out there. This is a great CHEAP rum.
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