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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.
This is a unique rum experience and should be tried.
That said, the rum smells and finishes like perfume! I prefer the cheaper and tastier Barcelo Grand Anjeo to the Imperial. This one surprised me, in a bad way...
I'm thinking it must be the barrels they are using for this label. The oak flavor was odd, it was over oaked providing a burnt tobacco flavor. The whole rum was way off, dry, and unbalanced. The only saving grace is that I could taste a quality aged rum wanting to come out. It was just overpowered by a strange oakey flavor and overly pungent botanicals. For my second try I used a glass of Coke to help calm it down a bit but that lingering perfume aroma would not go away and that strange oak flavor prevailed.
The rum is not worth the price but its something a rum drinker should try. Maybe your experience will be different but I think Barcelo took what could have been a great rum and messed it up terribly.
It's also a nasty hangover. That smell is still in my nose and I feel awful right now!
Nice, very smooth with light touch of alcohol for reasonable price. Good tip.
Fully flavoured rich rum. Incredeble nice price for such rum. Comes with complexity by adding small drip of water.
Ron Barcelo Imperial
Density, dark, copper, mellow mahogany.
Initially you can feel high alcohol in your nose, as soon as your open it with a bit of water, aromas such as honey, vanilla, chocolate, molasses start coming to you.
The palate is creamy, but not burning in the mouth just a little bit in the throat, sweet, chocolate, sugar cane, nuts, a reminder of oak definitely a little dry finish.
Makes a good rum and coke. Good rum taste with a good amount of after-burn. Sipped alone, it is better than many of its brethren in the same price range. Mixed with cola, it is better than Bacardi Gold and at a good price point. Not quite as good as Bacardi 8 as a sipper. Not nearly as good as Pyrat or some of the less expensive offerings (5 year, 8 year) from El Dorado, to provide other comparisons.
Strong oak smell. expected to find more of it in taste! it needs to brief to deliver. getting better and better! good value Rum.
This is actually the best Barcelo can do. Best neat or on rocks.
A gouter pour changer de voie dans le rhum. Plus sec que les classiques DDD ( don papa, diplomatico, dix neuf dix neuf ) il manque de charme et de parfum.
Prix mini donc foncez
A good entry in Dominican style rums. Sweet,smooth,light and for the price of 20€ you please your purse aswell. Good one!
Sweet, smooth and with a reasonable price. Makes this rum a treat.
I don't consider the Imperial a sipping rum, but it is my top choice to impress good friends on a good mojito or even better a dark and stormy.
Léger. A l'attaque un peu terreux et épicé, puis caramel et vanille.
Sérieux malgré son petit prix; il nous fait entrer de plain pied dans le monde des rhums.
This is a classic Dominican/Cuban style Rum. In Germany not much more expensive than the Barcelo Gran Anejo. It should be between 20-25 €. I have to add, this Rums really benefits if it is drunked with a cigar. This really can't be said about most rums in this price segment. I I add one point.
Un peu brut de décoffrage, un final intéressant, même si cela reste un rhum linéaire. Super rapport qualité prix. Je suis fan.
Ne příliš sladký rum, mě připomíná trochu bourbon, vyvážená chuť, dobře se mi pije. Klidně si ho příště koupím znovu.
I think this is definitely a top choice for sipping. Not too sweet or overly flavored. Smooth and easy to enjoying particularly with a nice cigar.
Un bon rhum de dégustation, puissant.
Nez peut être un peu agressif, mais agréable en bouche. Notes de caramel et boisées.
Note de réglisse en finale.
Sugar: 5 gpl. Soft on the nose and very smooth going down. Nice caramel aroma with a soft oak taste. Not a lot of burn but what there is sticks with you for a while. So soft it will sneak up on you in a mixed drink as it tends to get lost in the mix. If you don't like a strong rum taste in your mixed drink then this is a good rum. In a pinch this could be a sipping rum. Great value here in Canada at $39.
If you can't decide what to buy, then give this one a try.
Este ron es una desilusión total, a pesar de que es añejo su sabor no es agradable
big favourite of mine. Great value for performance. Love the almond/nut smell as well as the chocolate. Taste is great, sweet, yet with touch of alcohol. Just loving it
A really soft and gentle rum, fruity and sweet. At the Price a very decent rum, a good sipper, and great for desserts.
Smooth and well balanced. Would buy again, good value.
Drinked it a loton the domenican republ, pretty standerd but a good cheap one.
Jede produzierte Flasche ist mit verschiedenen Nummern versehen und gilt daher als echte Rarität. Kann ich im Geschmack nicht ganz nachvollziehen.
Had a few rounds of this at a bar in the dominican republic. It's a good rum with a nice and soft scent of caramel and figs. The palette offer notes of burt sugar, oak and caramel, with a rather smoothe finish. Good value.
Barcelo Imperial rum review by the Ultimate Rum Guide