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Bought this as I was leaving Memphis as a vacation drink for a cabin I rented in the appalachian mountains. It was definitely one of the better rums I've had in my time. I drank it neat and with ice. Finished the bottle within the week, as it's an easy sipper. You won't be disappointed.
This is such a delicious rum and I can’t get enough of it. If I could afford it this is one I would drink all day, I mean everyday. 😬. I know it is a more expensive rum but this one is worth it. Do yourself a favor, spend the money and enjoy this rum.
This rum is so delicious. When I smelled it I was a little scared. I thought it’d really knock my socks off. After drinking it, it was way smoother that what I initially thought after judging it by its scent. After swallowing it, I got hit by its sweetness. It is perfectly balanced. I strongly recommend it. The money was worth it and im pretty money conscious. Cheers to Panama! Thanks Bruno Mars.
This is the first of the Selvarey lineup that I have tried and I regret not trying it sooner! It’s absolutely delicious, and the balance of sweet/dry is perfectly on point.
Finally, a special bottle worthy of the slick marketing, price and hype.
It is smooth without the sugar of other premium rum. Bourbon guys would like this, but I would not call it a bourbon drinkers rum. It is one of the finest expressions of what rum should be. It is not demerara style, which I consider intensely sweet, cloying and so rich that it can hurt your stomach. I love those too, but this is not that. This is it's own thing.
I don't plan on mixing this, but if I did mix, it would be with a light juice flavor or mix that will not cover the delicate and smooth flavors.
This is love.
I'm new to rum, so I'm not sure what constitutes a 10, but this came close. Its sweet, but not overly, and has a velvety mouthfeel that I've only found similar in Opthimus 25. But, I've only tried a couple dozen rums, so take that into account as well. Like Paul B, I have trouble describing the flavor in words (and to be honest when I read a review that lists 8 or 10 different flavors that were supposedly perceived, I tend to not believe it anyway) so I'll have to do my best without comparing it to other flavors.
The richness of flavors and feel on the palate is what sets this apart from all the other rums I've tried, but I have to say that Opthimus 25 came very close for a lot less money. At $150 vs. $90 I'd probably say that dollar for dollar I find the Opthimus to be a better value, but the SelvaRey was overall the better rum.
Another thing Paul B. had mentioned was the bottle shape minimizing the effect of oxidation due to the surface area increasing at a slower rate as the contents are consumed. It seemed to me that my bottle of Opthimus 25 got a little bit richer as it got older, but the SelvaRey didn't, and it may have even lost a little richness. Not sure how to quantify that, but I had both bottles open over a similar time and that's the way it seemed to progress to me. It might have to do with the fact that there's a lot of added sugar in the Opthimus, IDK.
Bottom line for me, I bought another bottle of Opthimus 25, and this will likely be the only purchase of SelvaRey for me. I switched to rum from whisky because I was tired of paying over $100 to get anything decent, so I'm trying to avoid going over $100 for a bottle of rum for now unless something totally knocks my socks off. SelvaRey was a very fine bottle of rum, but wasn't substantially better than the Opthimus to justify the extra $60 in my mind, and its harder to find than Opthimus as well.
Interesting rum. Deep aromas of darker fruit, some smoke, a mapley oak. Tastes great with little bite, some smoke and finishes quickly on the palate. It isn't heavy or syrupy.
Gal Gadot, Salma Hayek, Cameron Diaz, Ingrid Bergman (back in the day) have in common with SelvaRey Owners Reserve. They are all 10's. Okay so it is not fair to compare beautiful women with rum but they are not your run of the mill women and this sure isn't your run of the mill rum. Sweet, fruity with cocoa notes. Smooth. Did a blind taste with Zafra 21 (which I rated as a 9 and continue to stick by that) and this beat it, but not by much. This is not a dry semi sweet bajan rum from MG or four square so p!ease if you are going to spend the money know what you are buying. I just do not want anyone to be disappointed. This is a fruity, sweet, cocoa tasting rum. If you know what you are getting into then it is fantastic.
This IS tremendous rum. One of the best 3 or 4 I have ever tasted. I love Panamanian and this is absolutely superb. Beautiful color. Nice, rich nose. Cocoa up front with vanilla notes. BIG flavor. The best component is the bite. A burst on the palate and then an amazing and immediate softness. This is the best punch I have ever experienced. It is magical. An absolute triumph for this distillery. However, as great as it truly is it has a couple of competitors. The finish is lovely but definitely not as long and smooth as Malecon Esplendida or E Leon Jimenez. Besides, to give this a 10 is to say I will never taste better. As good as it is I just can’t do that. But try this. Worth every penny.
This is a very good rum. Slightly better than Zafra Master 30. Falcon 91’s flavor notes are spot on. It is a smooth sipper with great nose and finish. The bottle and box are show stoppers. Found under lock and key at my local store in Mandeville, LA. Paid $150 But it was a ten minute drive. Will acquire some more.
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