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I’m glad to see that Papa Pilar brand is experimenting with extra aging like Ron Abuelo, Plantation, Foursquare and others. I think they are starting with the original dark Solara pancake syrup and the additional aging help. Still not a huge fan but great improvement.
Less sweet that the other dark rum offerings from Papa's Pilar, which suited my tastes a bit better. Nice layers of flavor and a good long finish.
I'm not a huge fan of bourbon aged rums. I've tried a few a few good ones, where the aging is light, but generally I prefer other types of aging for rums, such as sherry or port barrel aging.
This smells and tastes of maple, bourbon, and vanilla. Definitely not bad, but I prefer their sherry aged rums a little better. However, I do prefer this to their blonde rum.
Bourbon fans rejoice. I have to admit, I was skeptical about the bourbon cask. I'm a variety drinker, but my favorite whiskey is Irish. This rum is very good. The t taste is very good. Smooth, smoky, and complex. The nose is fantastic. Bourbon does add a lot of time. It's not in the background. This rum is full of bourbon flavors. not sweet. Not too strong. A smooth, sipping. memorable. Nice smoky flavor.
Similar with sherry finish just bit more body and touch less sweet-fruit-brandy... I would compared it somewhat with a regular Zacapa 23 more fruity version. In this price range is a good choice.
The regular version of this rum is stellar, but to finish it in bourbon barrels?......outstanding. This is great with cigars, mid day sipping, and as a dessert rum.
I was a bit afraid of Bourbon aging. But it is a smooth rum with decent amount of sweetness. Smell- vanilla, but flabby in general. Short aftertaste.
But I like this rum and look for another bottle for my collection.
I stumbled on the bourbon barreled store pick Papas Pilar at a liquor store in Key West, just as the pandemic was beginning. I didn’t get to taste it until I got home but once I did, I was bummed that I hadn’t bought more than one bottle! Great for sipping, smooth, vanilla and brown sugar, with a nice boozy note. Both my wife and I loved it and ended up battling for the last sips. Searched for more online and finally found more of this limited version and bought several to last into the next year. Grab it if you find it!
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