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This rum recently arrived to Total Wine and I ignored it for the bottle that looked like nothing more than another gimmick. I finally took a chance on it and did not even notice the tacky brass ring around the neck until I opened it.
Upon taking the first sip, I would rate it as a high 8. The stated notes on the bottle are French vanilla and citrus, but the neat taste is actually much more complex than that. Don't ask me about specific notes as I am terrible with those. At only 80 proof, this very smooth rum needs nothing more. Adding water or ice cubes ruins those great flavors. This one is a smooth neat sipper only and it is supposedly bone dry with no additives. And to boot, it is only $45 US.
And for newbies, I cannot think of a better rum to begin appreciating the wonders of sipping rum neat. It also wound up being in my top ten recommended rum purchases. Ignore the tacky bottle and you will bid the Captain and bottom shelf Bacardi farewell for good!!!.
About two weeks later, I picked up my second bottle. This time, I sipped it on the rocks. Whoah! What is that strange finish? Keep trying! It's butterscotch!
Sweet on the nose and rich on the palate. Notes of dark brown sugar and figs lead to a long and slightly dry finish.
The aroma of orange peels rises from the glass followed by a sweet finish of birthday cake icing. The flavor is a mixture of orange peel, and sugar, with a slight hint of fried plantains. The finish is short and the alcohol seems balanced, so that the flavors are not overwhelmed. The orange peel in the flavor suggests that it will mix well in fruity drinks as well as colas. The website has a list of drinks that all seem to add something orange to enhance the rum. This one presents well as a sipped rum as well as a mixer. It would work well with mild cheeses and dried fruit.
Overall nice taste, but a bit bland with hints of fake flavoring. On the nose, it's sweet and bright. Palate is dry and medium finish. Immature oak and bright fruit come through.
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