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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
Granted that I prefer Agricole RVM, the first time I've drink Barcelò, I remained amazed about the colour: dark ambrè but with very red glares, a delight for the eyes. But the taste... for an anejo, of 40° I supposed it was more velvet, instead I've found a RVM too lively for my preferences.
Inappropriate for a night on the beach...
Highly abraisive on the tounge at first, but slowly comes out with some good oak and vanilla taste. Best on the rocks or with cola.
The packaging of the Bacelo Imperial rum is a real success. The flask is splendid, it really guides the consumer to buy.
The appearance of the rum itself is reddish amber.
In my opinion the nose is predominantly flavored with leather and tobacco, with hints of oak and vanilla.
These flavors can be retrieved on the palate, making it a rum rather simple. It is pretty dry, increasing the bite of the alcohol depiste its reasonable proof.
The dryness is however less predominant than for the Diplomatico Reserva rum (I'm not talking about the Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva rum, 12 yo, but about the 6 yo one), reason why I've granted this rum with a 7.
I would have ranked this rum below the Angostura 1919 and the Plantation Barbados 2000 rums (marked with a 7 too), but the flask leveled my opinion.
...it's not bad at all but I'm not into this kind of flavour profile, also, it enters your mouth with much attention but then it disappears very fast with a spicy finish.
This is a very versatile rum that with a big suprise in flavor. Good on the rocks or neat it also mixes well with tonic or coke. I've gone all up and down the spectrum and this rum fits many needs. For a sipping rum I lean to Zacappa XO but Barcelo is a moderate price and well worth it. Without question it is my "go to" rum. While I can't get in Michigan I find DrinkUpNY is easy to deal with.
Appearance: Cherry color
Nose: Cocoa, lemon, oak, some citrusy scents
Palate: Warm and rich
One of my top go-to rums. Voted best rum in the world by the BI 2000, 2001.
Definitely something to try, and the price is fantastic!
Distillerie : Barcelo
Provenance : Saint Domingue, République Dominicaine
Rhum de tradition espagnole, le rhum Ron Barcelo Imperial est issu d'un assemblage de rhums âgés de 4 à 11 ans.
Sa robe est ambrée, légèrement fauve.
Le nez est assez riche ; on relève des notes fauves assez puissantes, du caramel et une pointe de vanille.
En bouche ce rhum est toujours aussi caramélisé, l'attaque est moelleuse mais puissante et très "sec" et boisée ; on retrouve au palais la vanille, des notes assez dures de cuir, des épices.
Le finale est tout aussi sec et puissant, limite austère.
Ce rhum est sans aucun doute un rhum de caractère (boisé à souhait), avis aux amateurs...
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