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Don Q Gold rum is produced in Puerto Rico by the famed Serralles family. The ""Gold"" brand is aged between 1-5 years and then carbon filtered.
Don Q has over 140 years of history with the original distillery being founded in 1865. Its name is derived from the famous La Mancha character Don Quixote.
Light straw colored, like white wine or cider. Light aroma, like an rubbing alcohol. Lightly sharp taste, a lot of alcohol. Use in a drink, maybe...?
I get shy and bright nose. Nothing special, it's not harsh but simple.
The taste starts watery but warm with vanilla from the bourbon white oak. It turns spicy, I get also some bitter notes and a light fruity taste. At the end is some bourbon oak and some chocolate notes.
Very simple and young rum. I would rate it with 46 points.
Nose: vanilla, white oak, some citrus a fruit like peach or apple (it's very shy)
Taste: vanilla, some peach, some spice, some bitter notes, bourbon wood, some chocolate
Finish: spice, vanilla
Value (16.9€): 1.5/5
This is a wired rum as it's labelled as a golden rum but it is really light in colour. Myself I like a really flavourful golden aged rum and this is more along the lines of a white rum than gold which is what makes its bizarre.
It's hard to understand exactly how the gold is so much worse than the cristal. This is not a good spirit but there are plenty worse, and may have a better rating than it deserves because of my reluctant ambivalence to the brand
At this price point, I think there are much better rums out there like Flor De Cana 4 year and Cruzan. Don Q gold has a harsh alcohol "bouquet" and a somewhat "chemical" flavor to me. It's drinkable but I'm not inclined to buy it again, even as a mixing rum.
This rum's colour is a faint yellow - not very "gold" at all. It smells like rubbing alcohol and has a harsh taste with a hint of sweetness... Doesn't look or taste like an aged rum, and when mixed with cola its drinkable, but really more comparable to a white rum.
Not as smooth as the Cristal, but definitely a different experience. Some alcohol on the nose and taste, a bit of burn. Colorful on the nose, I get mostly clove. Palate is a bit more diverse with light hints of vanilla and cinnamon, and a hint of oak, but clove still seems to dominate. Certainly not my favorite in a Daiquiri, but it isn't terrible. Good for mixing, a bit rough as a sipper, but would do in a pinch.
Comparing this to bacardi and other generic gold rums, Don Q is much preferred. Much more poplular among Puerto Ricans as well.
This poured a lighter color, definitely a pale gold. Not much of a nose, very light vanilla hint in there. The taste was pretty one dimensional too. I had higher hopes for this after trying Cristal. This one works better in some of the mixed drinks I've made with it.
"You get sweetness but a fair hit of more metallic bitter notes. It has a pretty muted, yet smooth mouthfeel and a very short finish."
"Don Q Gold rum review by Chris Carlsson of Spirits Review"
"Don Q Gold rum review by Derrick Schommer of Everyday Drinkers"
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