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I'm surprised to be the first to review this, as it seems easy to find at Total Wines & More in the S.F. Bay Area (7 Total Wines & More stores in the Bay Area have it in stock as of this review).
What really stood out to me about this rum is how smooth and easy drinking it is compared to other rums at a similar price point and abv. And I prefer the taste to other Panama giants like Panamonte Reserva XXV, and Zafra Master Reserve 30-Year.
Smells and tastes of caramel, brown sugar, spice, oak, raisins, toffee, and vanilla. This is a really good rum - I highly recommend it!
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.
Ready to dig into this dark skinned Beauty! Initially I saw this read about it and shrugged it off as another celebrity spirit, until I heard it’s from Don Pancho Panama who makes some of my favorite rums. Very dark brown in the glass something I like, very faint mild scent not getting an alcohol burn. Sweet liquid nectar with a very smooth lingering finish neat, which I suggest as how to drink. I thought I tasted a hint of port but don’t know if it had a second aging. Unusual and attractive bottle, looks first class for the $100 plus’s cost. I think it is similar to Zafra, better than 21, but just a notch below 30, but very damn good. Second tasting with a small square cube, which is what I use these days, I have an ice ball maker but with such a large ice ball I find it dilutes my great rums too fast. Just as I expected still taste great with one cube but dilutes the longer lingering finish down some. Best served neat, great full bodied rum.
A rum above all. SO yummy and complex. A perfect balance. Did a blind taste test with this and Zacapa XO. All of us picked Selvarey. And the box and bottle are the best looking bottle on my back bar. Super impressive.
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.
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.
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