The Flor de Caña 12 exhibits a pleasingly complex taste profile that seems to contain tiny hints of minerals. This is perhaps because of its origin; I wouldn't know. But it is a very fine rum indeed and will please most people. You should be aware, however, that it's anything but sweet so if that's what you're looking for, don't park here; drive on by. It'd certainly suit being mixed in a drier style cocktail but I don't recommend it as a sipper for this very reason. No complaints though; this was a pleasant surprise for me and I'd definitely buy it again.
Had a chance to sample this New Rove 2007 Single Cask, bottled at 50% ABV. This Agricole rum is very appealing on the nose (love it) and tastes pretty good as well. I am no expert on Agricole rums but this one I woukd definitely purchase were it available in my Canada. Would give this a 8.5 score.👍
Whenever my exploration of rums from all over the world hits a roadblock for whatever reason this is what I'll get to remind myself what my journey's all about. This is a delicious rum whether neat or with a mixer and never fails to please; I imagine it'll be good for both beginners and seasoned rum enthusiast alike. In fact I'd say that the *only* problem with the El Dorado 12 is the existence of the El Dorado 15! ;-)
Purchased a bottle outside Chattanooga TN. I'm a big fan of this rum. Has all the sweetness and caramel of the Indian rums, but there's a tobacco and raisin undertone. My pick of the litter.
I believe this to be the older version of the current Old Port Deluxe. Bottle says "aged 13 years." Aroma of cheddar cheese. Strong burn- sweet and balanced. A mild bit of finishing pepper.
For years I was drinking CM Private Stock as my go-to rum and, despite having expanded my taste horizons, I still enjoy it very much. It's smooth for a CM product and thankfully the added spices don't wreck the background flavour like they do in other mass market spiced products. Goes quite well in cola but neat is fine too. Now, why the heck don't they make it in a bigger bottle???
Whenever I'm really broke this is what I bring home because I know it's reliable without being outstanding. If you're new to dark / black rums this would be an excellent gateway drink whilst not breaking the bank. The taste is quite complex with plenty of spice but lacks the refinement that one expects in a more prestigious product. A little blob of honey at the bottom of your glass makes an appreciable difference if you prefer things a little sweeter.
Tasted at Laka Lono on 10/9/18. So very good. Lost much of the J-junk, but I'm a fan. Sugary sweet. Very smooth and balanced. Warming, not burning.
The first thing that struck me about the Bacardi Reserva Ocho 8 Gold is the ethanol that comes through. It's almost chemical in making its first impression and immediately made me imagine that it was stronger than it is. This said, it's a decent rum and excellent with coke. The flavour is a little more bland than I'd have expected but it's a mass market brand so my expectation might've been too high. Anyway, goes down easily although dry as a sipper, with a pleasant spicy back end.
Tasted at Laka Lono on 10/3/18. Cheese aroma. Some sourness to the palate. Candy sweetness to the taste. This is delicious.
Tasted at Laka Lono on 10/3/18. Chemical smoke aroma. Caramel extracts. Just too artificial in every way. Professional bartenders are doing so much with smoke now, I'm not sure what the point of this product is.
I don't normally go for anything above 40% but I thought I'd give this a try. It's good; it's what you expect from an Appleton product... but... trouble is I was kinda expecting more. If you're an Appleton enthusiast you'll love it, I'm sure, but for someone like me with a little experience who's trying to travel the world vicariously through rums I really yearned for this to bring more, especially for a 12-year aged product. The El Dorado 12, for example, delivers way more. But... this isn't a complaint at all; I'd buy it again.
Tasted at Laka Lono on 9/11/18. Once again, I'm a fan of Indian rums it seems. This is delicious. Caramel aroma in nice. Maple sweetness with some bourbon notes. A slight anise finish. I'll be devastated if these rums are grain alcohol with artificial flavors.
Tasted at Laka Lono on 9/5/18. Just no redeemable qualities to this flavor profile. Bubble gum, a torching burn all the way down. This pretty much sucks.
Sampled at the Laka Lono Rum Club tasting on 8/29/18. A milder, sweeter version of the 12 year. A bit peppery, but the finish is not nice- harsh in fact. Stick with the better 12 year.
Sampled at the Laka Lono Rum Club tasting on 8/29/18. This may be the sweet spot of the FdC lineup. Actually quite good. Good enough for me to keep a bottle at home.
Sampled at the Laka Lono Rum Club tasting on 8/29/18. Astringent almonds with plenty of unpleasant burn. Not much better than the 4 year for the price.
Tasted at Laka Lono on 8/29/18. The best descriptors that come to mind are kerosene and burned toast. Best thing I have to say is that these are inexpensive.
Tasted at Laka Lono on 8/21/18. I think I like Indian rums. Aroma of cheese and juicy fruit gum. Up front sweet mild mouth that leaves a residual burn to the gullet. Floral and fruity.
Sampled at Laka Lono. For a cheap rum, this is a delightful surprise. Yummy sulfur notes with all the requisite blackstrap molasses flavors. A staple ingredient to a Jungle Bird, this makes for a great float when one is called for. Why don't more companies mass produce blackstrap rum?
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