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Recommendable to most
Very nice surprise. This is the first Abuelo rum that I’ve tried and I am very pleased. Beautiful caramel color. Sweet nose of sherry and oak. Elegant mixture of flavors such as vanilla, caramel, dark fruits, and spice. The finish is a bit sweet but no harsh burn and extremely smooth.
Got a sample of this in my second batch from RR Tasting Club and participated in the virtual tasting yesterday.
The Abuelo XV Oloroso is 15 years old and is first matured in American oak casks to be finished in Oloroso Sherry casks.
In nose it’s possible to recognize smoke, wood, citrus and Sherry.
In mouth and palate it’s possible to also recognize those aromas but it’s also fruity and nutty and of course sweet. Read somewhere that a hydrometer test gave 44 gpl. The finish is medium long.
Picture: My emptied sample.
Another 5 cl sample from RR tasting club, presented at a very nice online meeting.
The aroma is sour and not very intense, dominated by humid wood. One can sense fresh notes and cane, probably coming from the cane-juice-based component. Sweet fruity aromas are also present after some time.
In he mouth this rum strikes with sugar. Grapes, apples, raisins, apricots, plums and other sweet fruits appear but not to last too long. It is mild, the wood is almost absent, attenuated by taste of almonds. There is short woody finish but the tastes are gone very fast.
The overall experience is like drinking a thick sweet syrup. Not my cup of tea, unfortunately.
If you like whisky, especially Scorch whisky yuo are going to love this. Really good. Very very smooth. Very balanced. Deep sherry and oak notes. Coffee and a hint of molasses. Vanilla fading in the background. Great finish. Long smooth and subtle. This is some great sipping rum.
Enjoyed a glass of Ron Abuelo XV Oloroso Sherry Cask edition while vacationing in Amsterdam. I'm surprised Ron Abuelo team did not choose a slightly different bottle design from their regular rums. At least the label design is a bit updated from the usual. Color is very deep reddish brown. You get very strong sherry flavors to both nose and palate. Its very unpleasant for my palate. This is quite a sweet rum so hardly any burn at the end, but its simply way too sweet. My ranking for Special Edition Abuelo Rums is Napoleon (8), Tawny (7), Oloroso (5).
... and very sweet Sherry as for that: This is one for you. I do like sherry, but this rum is too much. Too sweet. It is very agreable to the nose (plums and sherry), but then too sweet in your mouth. There is a hint of dark chocolate, though. Dark chocolate that lingers in your palate for a pretty long time.
I found this to have a very pleasant start, finish and end. The nose finds molasses, smoke, oak, fruit. These are all present in the flavour, as is the hint of sherry, though it is not overly sweet. The after taste was really strong. No burn, very smooth, lots of plum and grape in there and a slight sour-sweetness.
Comparing this to Dos Maderas 5-5 - well this is not as sweet and it gains a little complexity and richness and loses a little bit of pleasant buzz. This has more going on, but is less immediately enjoyable, suggesting perhaps that this is one that needs to sit in the glass more. When I did that, it opened up and the richness came out.
Which is better? I'd place them equal and both deserve a place on my shelves.
Out of the three in this series, the other two being the Port Cask Finish, and the Cognac Cask Finish, this for me is the best. Having said that, if I’m being brutally honest, this Sherry Cask Finish is nothing to write home about. In fact, neat I think it’s horrid, because it’s rough and incredibly harsh. But when mixed with Coca-Cola it morphs into a completely different animal. Neat there is zero sweetness. The overall taste is nondescript. And it’s way to fierce from the alcohol burn. But like I mentioned, when you add just a little Coca-Cola, it transforms into a very pleasant, sweet, effortless, rum/sherry hybrid. And I say rum/sherry hybrid because there is an abundance of sherry in the finish.
De Abuelo XV Oloroso is 15 jaar oud en rijpt eerst in Amerikaanse eikenhouten vaten om te eindigen in Oloroso Sherryvaten.
In de neus is het mogelijk om rook, hout, citrus en Sherry te herkennen.
In de mond en in de mond is het mogelijk om die aroma's ook te herkennen, maar het is ook fruitig en nootachtig. De afdronk is middellang.
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