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Absolutely solid rum where you can taste the sugar cane. Would definitely recommend as a cheaper alternative to the 12 yr.
At first I enjoyed the 12 year more but the more I sipped this one, the more caramel came through. Lots of wood to start then it transitions into wood and sweet caramel
Really hard to put my finger on it but something is missing and it is just one of those rums where it is hard to say exactly what it is. I enjoy a dry rum and this is. I enjoy a semi sweet rum and this is. But it just seems too thin and lacking character and certainly anything distinctive. Bottle though is absolutely fantastic.
Compared to it's semi-dry 12 Year Old brother that I rated as an 8, this one ranks in my lower 7's. It is bone dry and the bourbon notes are allowed to come through, but without being downright irritating. This one ran me $40 US, but it's 12 Year Old brother costs another $26, but is still the better buy. Both gift boxes have the same crazy art work on them.
in every way the little brother of the 12 year, in that the banana coconut nose is there (but not as distinctly) and the subtle coffee/cinnamon on the finish is there (but barely), but so is that plastic note (now more so). It's good, but at $40+ it needs a bit more. Get the 12.
I tried this rum side by side with the la hechicera solera, dictador 20y, and a Zacapa 23 and the parce was definitely the most interesting and recognizable rum of them (parce is the first and lightest in the picture, followed by the list above). It is clearly drier and you can smell and taste the oak casks. Spicier than the others, but not burning in any way. Much lighter in color (but the Zacapa 23 cheats with food coloring).
Very interesting rum!
Tried side by with the 12 year. Perhaps my palate is not sufficiently discerning, but I found it hard to taste much beyond chocolate, and some bourbon sweetness. I liked it, it's reasonably priced, it's good, a lot of people would enjoy it, I bet it is great in coffee... But I think most rum heads will prefer something else.
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