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Matusalem Gran Reserva 18-Year rum

Matusalem Gran Reserva 18-Year

Dominican Republic | Aged | 40% ABV

Matusalem Gran Reserva Rum is produced using a combination of rums aged on average 15 years and distilled from molasses using the solera process.

The Matusalem company was established in 1872 originally in Santiago de Cuba. The company fled the country following the Cuban Revolution in 1959 and the Gran Reserva rum is now produced in the Dominican Republic.

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Earl Elliott 🇨🇦 | 236 ratings
Posted 9 years ago

Sugar: 8 gpl. I had my doubts but they went away once this was in the glass. A very nice aroma of butterscotch, vanilla, and a hint of coconut and raisins. Oak is in the background aroma as well as the taste. Very smooth with a nice finish. Not harsh at all but just the right amount of heat. Nice sipping rum. I wouldn't mix this as I don't like too sweet a drink, but if you wanted to it would be a great drink.

Remy Chevalier 🇺🇸 | 35 ratings
Posted over 11 years ago

Someone handed me a nip of this one the other day, thinking it was going to be something quite special. I wasn't thrown back by it, just a good standard rum.

Beukeboom 🇺🇸 | 304 ratings
Posted almost 7 years ago

Poured a little of this in my snifter and immediately noted a nice subtle vanilla scent. Very nice legs indicative by the rum clinging to the sides of the snifter after a good swirl. The color is a rich amber. The flavor supports the vanilla aroma and also has a pepperiness to it and a noticeable oakiness which I presume come from the barrels in which it is aged. It does have some sweetness to it that seems to be natural and not sugared (but that's just my opinion). Definitely a nice sipping rum which also could be effective as a mixer. This is a good, all-purpose rum but I think it is better suited for sipping.

Rhum Man 🇺🇸 | 8 ratings
Posted over 8 years ago

I tasted this Matusalem and found it to be a textbook example of Cuban ron. I was very impressed with both the nose and lack of alcohol burn. The absence of alcohol burn was achieved without being sweet. Although not able to at the time, I imagine the Matusalem would go well with a Cuban cigar.

CaptainGreen (PREMIUM) 🇺🇸 | 102 ratings
Posted almost 4 years ago

Aye, as sippin' rums go, this one be fairly decent. She not be a true 18 year-old tho. Trust the Captain on that [wink] She smells sweet with vanilla, caramel, oak, peppery spices, and just a hint of tobacco. As taste goes, she be a bit drier, not as sweet. The vanilla is still on board, but not so much for the caramel. There be a slight earthy bitterness about her, along with the peppery spices, oak, and a wee bit of tobacco from before. Still, she be fairly smooth and tasty with very little burn goin' down the hatch. Not terribly sweet, not terribly complex, not terribly honest about her age, but she still be a decent rum! arrrgh!

Tom 🇺🇸 | 230 ratings
Posted almost 7 years ago

Love this rum just as much as the other in the Matsulem line. Smooth, refreshing, crisp, complex falcons for the nose and palate. Not a bad price considering what your buying...a high class rum from the DR.
Please drink this neat or add an ice cube to evoke other flavors.
I have to try the 23 next.

Falcon91Wolvrn03 (PREMIUM) 🇺🇸 | 562 ratings
Posted 8 years ago

Very similar to the Matusalem 15. Smells and tastes of oak, caramel, spice, with a touch of honey. The biggest difference is that the aftertaste isn't as harsh. Has a touch of sweetness, but still a bit on the dry side for my liking.

SunDogPrivateer 🇺🇸 | 10 ratings
Posted 11 months ago

Really enjoy this rum. Will buy multiple bottles when its available. Like this much better than the 15 year old. Much smoother.

Jimmy Cliff (PREMIUM) 🇺🇸 | 506 ratings
Posted 1 year ago

Nice find in a pub at Lake Bled on vacation. One of the better Matusalem rums I’ve had. Sipping neat mild burn but very pleasant after dinner digestive.

PIPEMAN 🇨🇦 | 14 ratings
Posted over 1 year ago

This is a smooth, molasses sweet rum with low alcohol burn that makes a great sipping rum. Well worth the money spent, even in Canada with all our taxes!!




Brand Details

Type: Aged
Company: Matusalem
Country: Dominican Republic
ABV: 40%
Name: Gran Reserva 18-Year
Years Aged: 18
Raw Material: Unknown
Process: Unknown
Distillation: Unknown
Women Led: No
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