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Wanted next shelf up from Ron Cartavio XO


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Paul Gardner

Posted 22 Mar '21 from United States with 5 ratings

My favorite rum is Ron Cartavio XO. I like the mellowness and the sweeter molasses overtones. I can't get this anymore around me, so I'm looking for a replacement. I like a sweeter sipping rum that isn't harsh on the throat. I also like Pompero Aniversario, but don't care for Diplimatico. Can any of you offer some suggestions for me to try?
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vomi1011

From Germany with 325 ratings Replied 22 Mar '21

Cartavio XO has many similarities with Zacapa. I would recommend Zacapa XO but it's very expensive now. Try Zacapa 23 first, it's cheaper.
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Pipestone

From Slovakia with 34 ratings Replied 22 Mar '21

Cartavio XO -old bottling-is similar to Brugal Leyenda or Maximo in my opinion. They are more or less in the same price range.
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vomi1011

From Germany with 325 ratings Replied 22 Mar '21

Is the new Cartavio XO bottling different to the old one?
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Pipestone

From Slovakia with 34 ratings Replied 22 Mar '21

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vomi1011

From Germany with 325 ratings Replied 22 Mar '21

They ruined it? The old one looked better, like cognac.
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RumGuy1

From United States with 42 ratings Replied 23 Mar '21

I tasted zafra 21 back to back with Cartavio XO and they seem to be twins. Have you tried it?
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Dimitris

From Greece with 80 ratings Replied 24 Mar '21

Millonario XO is very similar Cartavio XO.... almost same, but i think Millonario is a touch better...
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Paul B (PREMIUM)

From United States with 400 ratings Replied 24 Mar '21

The Cartavio XO has 29 gpl of added sugar. The suggested Zafra 21 Year has only 15 gpl of added sugar, which is less sweet. You did specify "sweeter' which puts you in the classification of sugar bombs or flavored rums. I no longer buy sugar bombs since I have gotten away from rums with added sugar. My one bottle of Cartavio XO had the taste deteriorate badly by the time it was half full, so I never bought that one again. The most popular sugar bombs come from El Dorado, Diplomatico, and Zacapa. The only sugar bomb that I can recommend is Dos Maderas 5+5 with 36 gpl of added sugar.
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