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I picked up the Flor de Cana 18 when I was in Grand Cayman particularly due to the marketing signs mentioning the many Gold and Silver medals won in competition. I found it to be a wonderful rum with great balance and smooth finish.
The subtle mix of vanilla and caramel were the first scents that come across, with hints of toffee and butter. To the taste, definite vanilla, oak and toffee flavors linger on the tongue with an easy after taste and finish.
I have had this wonderful rum both on the Rocks, and also with Diet and regular Coke with a lime wedge, and the taste is incredible. Can't go wrong whichever way you prefer to induldge.
I usually prefer a more molasses based rum like Zaya Gran Reserva, but the Flor de Cana 18 is well worth the cost to try it for yourselves when you get a chance. Definitely has a permanent place in my rum cabinet. Enjoy!!!!! B
Was very much looking forward to this one from having read some of the other reviews but sadly a very disappointed experience.
The aroma is very nice and that's where all the niceties ends for me. The initial tastes gets quickly overwhelmed by the heavy oak and bitterness. Trying to stick with it and left it to breath for a month or so but still the oak tannen is drowning all the other flavours. I like a good dry rum but this is just in a different league and not in a good way.
It's like it's been left too long to mature in the barrel shifting the whole balance of flavour to a disappointing level.
Quick...where is the Coke
Actually, this 18 year old Flor de Cana is a bit harsher than it's 7 year old younger brother. Why pay a little more than double? Just to get a pretty bottle?
Update one month later: I have tried like hell to like this as a sipping rum, but even letting it breathe in the snifter or the bottle does little to improve the flavors other than to remove the alcohol burn. Save your money and get the best from the Central American Caribbean with Flor De Cana 7.
Update March 9, 2018: Adding ice cubes does nothing to improve this horrible rum. Don't be fooled by the otherwise high ratings. This rum is really crap! Sorry, but I always tell it like it is! I have just lowered my rating from a 6 to a 4. Flor de Cana needs to quit while they are ahead at 7 Anos. Only one other premium rum showed an epic fail for me, which was Mount Gay XO that tumbled from a rating of 8 to a 3.
Update November 10, 2021: Because of my bad experience with this rum, I have held off in buying their 25 Year rum for $145 until today. I also bought two other premium rums in the $100 to $150 US price range to try and find something better than my top ranked rum of Foursquare ECS Shibboleth. I was not expecting any higher rating than a 7 for the FDC 25 Year. However, to my surprise, it scored a perfect 10 and is now my all time top ranked rum that is also fairly easily replaced. I was once told my a salesman that the 18 year and 25 year are two totally different rums, but I had ignored him thinking that it was just a sales pitch. How wrong I was!
A deep gold color visually exhibits what your taste buds are about to experience. Without disappointment, it delivers a rich and smooth "old world" mixture of molasses, oak, butterscotch, spirits and very subtle hints of aged bourbon. Attack this experience with a snifter to maximize your intake of the fine aroma, as it would be sinful to even think of having a mix or cola in the same room.
I much prefer the 12 year. The 6 years difference seemed to make the interesting notes of the year vanish.
I tried in Nicaragua all of Flor de Canas. If you want to compare 7, 12 and 18 YO you can see difference with colour and nose. But taste...that's for me surprise...sooo little difference even between 7 and 18?
I don't know what thet do wrong....but something goes wrong there. Noth worth to pay that price.
I like rum a lot, but I have never wanted to drink it straight. I prefer it in a (diet) Cuba libre. This rum is the smoothest rum that I have ever tasted.
This rum is smooth and holds lots of flavour, but not complex it is just nice to drink
Good colour, smell was good, little dry, caramel, fruits, but almost no afterburn and no taste remaining. Glad to test it but this will not be my favourite
Toffee, Caramel, Dark Chocolate, hazlenuts and a little touch of tobacco give a sweet but not overly cloying nose.
"It’s not overly sweet and retains a dryness which is particularly good on the finish."
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Delicious, but... 8 out of 10
...it needs to sit in your glass for a few minutes, swirled every now and then, to help the alcohol vapors make way for the wonderful flavors to follow. Liquid butterscotch, naturally sweet and oaky. It's really wonderful straight up. The second glass is even better. If you prefer sweetened rums you may hate this stuff at first, but letting it breathe will bring you pleasant and surprising happiness.