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Centenario Reserva de la Familia 18-Year rum

Centenario Reserva de la Familia 18-Year

Costa Rica | Aged

7.0/10 (13 ratings)
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13 Centenario Reserva de la Familia 18-Year ratings

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Posted over 2 years ago by Joola69 from United States with 2664 ratings

Bought a bottle of Ron Centenario 18y at the San Jose airport in Costa Rica when heading home. I have never seen an 18 year old Ron Centenario being offered anywhere, so it has to be a brand offering. $29 a bottle versus $32 for the 20y Centenario at the tax free. Bottle and label design is much nicer than the 20y. Dark and deep color. The initial flavor is very nice and complex, but the taste turns into whisky like very quickly. Mild burn at the end. By the end of the day, this is super close to the Ron Centenario 20y rum, which is not a bad thing.


Posted 30 days ago by bromandreas from Sweden with 3 ratings

A good rum for the money. Centenario 20y is my all time favorite, but this one is also good. 👍🏻

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Posted 2 months ago by Mr. Rumantic from Germany with 69 ratings

Der Centenario Solera 18 Reserva de la Familia ist ein Melasse Blend aus 6 - 18 Jahre alten Rums welche in Eichenfässern auf Costa Rica gelagert werden. Der Rum wird mit 40% Alkohol abgefüllt und die Flasche ist ansprechend und irgendwie cool. Im Gegensatz zu den älteren Centenarios ist er nicht so stark nach gezuckert. Vielleicht 10-20g/l.

In der Nase zeigt sich der Solera 18 überraschend würzig. Etwas schärfe und süße Noten sind dabei. Karamel und Vanille. Nicht so leicht wie bei den älteren Brüdern und kaum Frucht. Auch am Gaumen bestätigt sich, dass der Rum eher trocken und würzig ist. Dabei ist er immer noch süß mit Vanille Noten. Aber auch Holz, Pfeffer und Rauch. Das wirkt alles eckiger und lebendiger als bei den Älteren. Der Abgang ist mit einem leichten Brennen und auch deutlichen Bitternoten verbunden, was etwas schade ist. Aber dennoch lässt der Rum sich gut trinken.

Der Solera 18 hat mich positiv überrascht und es ist schön das Centenario auch einen eher trockenen nicht so süßen Rum anbietet. Trinke ich lieber als den 20 oder 25. Durchaus empfehlenswert und solide. Freut mich.

The Centenario Solera 18 Reserva de la Familia is a molasses blend of 6 - 18 year old rums that are stored in oak barrels on Costa Rica. The rum is bottled with 40% alcohol and the bottle is appealing and somehow cool. Unlike the older Centenarios, it does not appear as sugary. Maybe 10-20g/l.

In the nose, the Solera 18 is surprisingly spicy. Slightly sharp and sweet notes are included. Caramel and vanilla. Not as smooth as the older brothers and hardly any fruit. On the palate it is confirmed that the rum is rather dry and spicy. But it is also still sweet with vanilla notes. But also wood, pepper and smoke. This all seems more angular and more lively than with the older ones. The finish is associated with a slight burning and also clear bitter notes which is a bit of a pity. But in total I like the dry Centenario much more than the sugar bombs.

The Solera 18 surprised me positively and it is nice that Centenario also offers a rather dry not so sweet rum. I prefer to drink this instead of the 20 or 25. Completely recommended and solid.

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Posted 2 months ago by Michal Ernest from Czech Republic with 48 ratings

Po nalití do mé degustační skleničky mne překvapila vyloženě nepříjemná vůně chemie. Nechal jsem rum odvětrat, ale moc to nepomohlo. Chuťově je to daleko lepší a tak musím její opravdové známkování nechat na jiný den.


Posted 5 months ago by Adrian Adame (PREMIUM) from Czech Republic with 329 ratings

- vůně jemná, ovocná
- chuť jemná, nedoslazovaný
vcelku zklamání, očekával jsem víc, nenadchl


Posted 5 months ago by Michal Micko from Czech Republic with 382 ratings

This Centenario is not so sweet like other rums from line. But very nice surprise, well ballanced.

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Posted 9 months ago by VikingXO from Denmark with 128 ratings

I really like the Centenarios. The 18 is something else compared to the older brothers, but i like it.


Posted 9 months ago by shaacul from Czech Republic with 79 ratings

Vůně překvapivě nevýrazná, chuť na začátku trpká, pak přechází do sladka. Na první ochutnání poměr cena/víkon poměrně zklamání. Chuť se výrazně zlepšila v kombinaci s jídlem.


Posted 12 months ago by vomi1011 from Germany with 280 ratings

This is the least sweetened Centenario rum.

The smell is rich and dark. It need some time in the glas to develop the aromas.
The nose starts with burned sugar, dry fruit and mandarine. It reminds me of Esclavo XO. I get also caramel, oak and wet barrel with earth. Good nose if you love solera rums.

The taste starts also with burned sugar, dry fruits, peach, mandarine and some white oak, vanilla and tannins. The sweetness is not dominant but I think >10g/L is there. The middle is spicy with wood, mandarine peels, dry fruits like plum and burned sugar again. Reminds me also of Pampero Anniversario.
The finish is also spicy with burned sugar, mandarine peels and peach ice tea with dry fruits.

If you love the other Centenarios this one is difficult to understand. But this is the most natural one.
It's not mild like the others and also not that sweet.
Not a bad rum overall, the taste is typical for a solera rum. I think you can get the most authentic Centenario here. Therefore 76 points.

Watch out it's quite spicy and strong. I like especially the orange in the taste.
Centenario 25th ist smooth, but too sweet for me. I think this one is better if you are not just a sweet rum lover. If you want an easy sipper go for 25th.

Smell: burned sugar **, dry fruits**, mandarine **, caramel**, oak**, vanilla, herbs, oak,
barrel/earth **, peach ice tea
Taste initial: burned sugar, mandarine, peach ice tea, vanilla, wood, some tannins
Taste middle: some spice, wood/cask, mandarine peels, dry fruits, burned sugar
Finish: middle long, spicy, burned sugar, mandarine peels, dry fruit, peach

Sweetness: 3/5
Spice: 3.5/5
Fruit: 3/5
Mildness: 3.5/5
Value (34€): 2.5/5


Posted 1 year ago by Border Rum Guy from United States with 66 ratings

I've had the 30-Year Centenario and its one of the best, the 18 is nice all the caramel, smoke flavors and smooth but you might as well go for the oldies but goodies.