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Not sure about this one. Good strong rum with a lovely dark colour. Goes down easily drunk straight and I wouldn't be upset being given a bottle. There is a good alcohol taste but also one that tastes slightly of antiseptic.
Bought this bottle based on the reviews, thinking it was the 1931 Chairman’s Reserve (St Lucia) that has the 8.4 rating. Apparently not! Initially I was disappointed, but half way through the bottle it is starting to grow on me. Not sure if it’s a one and done bottle for me, or not. If the ratings slowed for 1/4 increments, I would have rated as a 6.75.
One of the best. I would sip it like wine, but it is 40ABV. Simply amazing, I am worshiping it and trying to make it last as long as possible. It is not cheap (£70), but I really wonder how more expensive rums taste like if this one is so good and costs "only" £70. Must try.
Popped the cork and smelled some heaven. It may be part anticipation but the smell is quite powerful, with a lot of complexity. After sipping and nosing again in 20ish minutes, a floral note comes out that is very rewarding. Not sure I’ve smelt anything like this in other rums.
On to the taste. It seems to change quite a bit throughout a session. At first it seems to start off with some earthy agricole notes and turn into the molasses complexities of toasted fruits, leather and tobacco. Then a little later it’s something off the bat that I can’t totally place. It’s almost like Appleton funk. It settles nicely into some warmth with no alcohol taste.
Definitely a lot going on flavour-wise which is welcome and appreciated. Something to sip and contemplate on. In any case, it’s worth the hype and if you appreciate rum that makes you think, this is a great one for you. It sure is for me! Top marks.
Pleasantly surprised at the smoothness and sweet molasses. On par with Zacapuca in my mind. I finished the bottle within 5 days. :-S This rum is in my top three.
If Zacapa 23 is rated 7.5 and Diplomatico R.exclusiva is 8.0 than this has to be a perfect ten! It's 43% abv. Comes in a lovely bottle. Big cork stopper that has a nice pop to it. What you get on the nose is pretty much same like the taste. It's not too sweet,dry fruits,vanilla,old leather,fresh tobacco,it's complex,sherry/porto influenced,dark chocolate,cocoa,raisins,brown sugar,just a hint of oak... Reminds me of good XO cognac's. Finish is long lasting ,soft and mellow. Truly a sipping rum. I liked it very,very much. Comparing it to some of my favorite rums that I tasted so far,like Flor de cana25,El Dorado 21 and St.Lucia Chairman's reserve 1931,I can say it's right up there. And,to my taste it may even be marginally better. And it's considerably cheaper than ones that I mentioned. It's truly a winner! I can wholeheartedly recommend it,if you can still find it...
This is a very complex rum, mixing pot and column traditional rims and agricole too.
Very well blended, no one rum comes through and you can taste all the different flavours.
The downside being there's no clear flavour profile, but it's great if you fancy something different
"Jamaican like funk and notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a fresh almost minty note are present as expected."
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