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Barcelo Imperial rum is produced in the Dominican Republic using column stills before aged in white oak casks for up to 10 years.
Ron Barcelo was founded in 1929 by Spanish entrepreneur Julian Barcelo in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The brand was sold mainly in the Caribbean and North America until a much broader international expansion began in 1992.
Tasty, but not quite great
Barcelo Imperial and El Pasador de Oro XO.
They are approximately the same price.
After quick introduction of both we had preferred Barcelo.
El Pasador is a bit weird on the nose and does not feel XO enough. Barcelo, indeed, is more solid more man's stuff, classic dominican style.
At the end of the night 75% of Barcelo (score 8) and 20% of EP (score 7) are gone.
Edit: Barcelo plus 1. Rich, strong pleasant, some magic included into 50$
Try as I might just can’t warm up to Barcelo rums, try Brugal over Barcelo. Smooth enough for an average rum but nothing special to me.
Včera jsem jej poprvé ochutnal u známých. Velice mi chutnal a musím říci, že i hodně voněl. Nejčíve jsem jej dlouho očichával a lovil při tom z paměti vůně jiných rumů. Vzpomněl jsem si přitom na rum Pyrat, ale tento má vůni jemnější. Chuť samotná nasládlá a velice jemně nevtíravá. Trošku ovocná s nádechem kakaa. Další adept do mé sbírky. Velice příjemná je i cena u tohoto výtečného rumu.
Great nose. Great color. Initial sip is very smooth. Terrific bite! But it is balanced. It remains smooth. Warming on the pallet. A little thin. Not complex. Great smoke and vanilla notes with faint coffee oak and blackberry. Finish is very long and a little rough. But this does not detract, just surprises. I am generally not a fan of Dominican rum. This is definitely one of the better ones for me. The second glass was mote impressive than the first. Great on ice or neat. Great price too. Excellent value at under $30
On the nose I smell vanilla, chocolate, butter, on the palate there is wood, spice, toffee all very smooth and sweet, the level of sugar is reasonable 16g/l. The finish is oaky and spicy. The packaging says the rums in the blend are up to 10 years and aged in bourbon casks - I would say the taste reflects that nicely. The taste is nice, round, balanced, but not especially distinctive. Not bad for the price.
The smell is quite easy on the nose. A bit spicy and some vanilla. The taste is quite neutral. No real complexity but burn of alcohol while drinking, no real sweetness, which is nice if you are looking to get away from the diplomaticos or the zacapas. No real afterburn, its actually a quite smooth rum. When you make up the balance, you get a nice rum for a nice price. Good to serve to a thirsty crowd, without worrying that your top of the line rum will go wasted on guests that cant appreciate it to the fullest.
"Barcelo Imperial rum review by the Ultimate Rum Guide"
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